Last week was a typical example of how Washington works these days. A victim of the long knives was Trump’s pick for the position of head of the Veterans Administration. According to whistle-blowers, the President’s personal physician was accused of passing out dope, which garnered him the nick-name of “Candy Man”, drinking while on duty and smashing up a government vehicle. While he vigorously denied all these charges, he still opted out of the appointment. Perhaps he was following President Trump’s advice not to subject himself to a series of embarrassing questions “by a bunch of politicians”. In spite of some glowing reports authored by former President Barack Obama as to his extraordinary competence, the liberal members of the Senate were poised to deliver a scathing inquisition of the doctor.
This type of obstructionism which has run rampant during the Trump administration also appeared in the vote of the committee to affirm Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State.
The liberal Press has regularly criticized Trump for the many vacancies in his team. What they fail to mention is that Democrats in the Senate headed by Chuck Schumer have slow-walked many of Trump’s qualified nominees for these posts. During the Obama administration, while the Republicans fought hard against the social agenda pursued by the President, they nonetheless routinely approved most of his nominees in the first year.
As of now, Washington seems to have a new reality TV star in the person of James Comey. The ex-FBI head man, in an all-out effort to promote his new book, has routinely appeared on all the major TV outlets and seems most comfortable when sipping wine with late night comics. In so doing, Comey has deftly snatched the reality crown from Trump’s blond locks, which he so famously noted in his secret memos while in office. Last week it was reported that Comey has lawyered up and that one of his lawyers is the same person to whom he leaked the memo in order to have the recipient further leak it to the Press. It was also revealed that this secondary leaker was an employee of the FBI. To add to Comey’s travails, video of his appearances before the Senate while under oath suggest some strange waffling on his part when it came to answering questions truthfully. In this respect, he joins James Clapper, who also said under oath that the NSA does not willfully gather information on US citizens. In most of his public appearances Comey has cast himself as a sanctimonious paragon who needs no help in judging right from wrong. His exoneration of Hillary is a prime example.
Speaking of Hillary, if we are to assume her logic is correct, then Comey’s wife and two daughters that marched against Trump would have been instructed to do so by Comey himself since they were, according to Hillary, incapable for thinking for themselves.
Currently, one of the favorite topics at local kaffee klatches is for attendees to ponder what it would be like if Hillary had won the Presidency. Unanimous conclusion is that if she were in the White House, the coffers of the Clinton Foundation would be bursting at the seams. While it was pay-for-play when she was Secretary of State, the ante would be much higher if she occupied the Oval Office. Since she was roundly endorsed during her campaign by President Obama, who said that she would continue his wonderful policies, it doesn’t take much imagination to figure what the State of the Union would be. Taxes would be higher, regulations stiffer, food stamps out of control and there would be a general continuation of the stagnation that had been fomented by Obama.
The slightly hare-brained Washington legislator, Maxine Watters, who constantly utters the phrase “Impeach him!” regarding Trump, was caught up short last week when the senior Democrat Harry Reid said, “Impeachment is not a good way to go against Trump”. Apparently Ms. Watters is trying to wrest the anti-Trump crown from California Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, who goes against the Federal Government every chance he gets. Possibly Brown doesn’t realize that while his state boasts eight per cent of the US population, it garners 33% of welfare fund distribution. Some wags have suggested that Trump’s border wall be extended to cover the entire California border from San Diego to the Oregon State line and thence to the Pacific Ocean.