Trump is Not Stupid and Will Not Be Impeached
25th January 2018
Trump is a strategic actor – there I’ve said it. But Gordon, you’ve read Fire And The Fury? Indeed and a fine romp it was too, that the best bit was the Gorilla Channel wasn’t so much icing on the cake as a cheeky sprinkling of cocaine …
Wearing your Lincoln glasses you observe he is not patch on FDR or even Bush (assorted).
Wearing my Mobutu sunnies I see him moving and maneuvering with aplomb, evading his opponents, dominating the political landscape.
But let us not revisit the kleptocracy, the 30 years talking about running, the parasitic takeover of the Republic Party, the career in mobbed-up NY real estate and casinos, and probably money laundering – let us talk of the book and what didn’t happen.
There was nothing new in Fire And Fury except the voices. Everything said in it has been said before, by one of us, the Resistance, the anti-Trumps.
Every voice in that book was a Trumper. We now what those that support him think of him, and they all know that they are not alone in their contempt and bemusement for him.
Yet, he endures.
We need to drop the pretense he is an idiot, a buffoon. We need to drop the pretense that there will be an impeachment or deposition by Article 25.
There is an unstable coalition in US politics at the moment: the Trump family, a funder-dependent GOP establishment, and a nativist, anti-African American white nationalist mass movement. The Hugenbergs of the GOP think they have the measure of Trump, they can ‘live with it’ as long as the get their tax cuts. The white nationalists want to roll back voting to before Civil Rights and bring a white republic back.
Trump is not wedded to either of them – as his Night Of The Three Wives (and the pornstar) shows – Bannon gone, dead, the pornstar payoff/pornstar shrug-off. He can, and will, do for them all.
There are only two outcomes possible. Either the voter suppression and gerrymandering is fought off and the GOP falls this year in the mid-terms and its impeachment.
Or the republic falls to the Trump family. My money, but not my hope, is on Trump-Trump 2020