Pence In The Distance

Once it comes out that Donald Trump treated the presidency like a casino funded by the Russians, even blinded Republicans will have to open their eyes.

VP Pence could always just declare the President batshit crazy and remove him with Congressional approval. The Constitution’s batshit crazy clause has never been invoked, not even when Nixon was licking the White House walls in the middle of the night. That other constitutional provision was invoked in that case — resign or we’ll do it for you.

Are Pence and other establishment Republicans in the White House yanking the clothes off their emperor, thread by gold thread, one leaky drip after another?

How interesting that Pence was able to so quickly and efficiently distance himself from Russian thuggery, making it known that Flynn apologized to him for lying about it.

And in the process place himself in the distance. Congressional GOP leaders would be among the first to welcome that.

68 thoughts on “Pence In The Distance”

  1. beware, o prince of darkness, your servant pence lurking in the shadows muttering under his breath words of the bard:
    Why, man, he  doth bestride the narrow world
    Like a colossus, and we petty men
    Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
    To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
    Men at some time are masters of their fates;
    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
    But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

  2. given what we know now, what comes to mind when you remember this from back in august?

    abcnews:

    Certain staffers in the FBI’s New York Field Office have been told to expect a special guest tomorrow: Donald Trump.

    He is scheduled to receive his first classified briefing as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, according to sources notified of the upcoming visit.

    Trump is planning to take with him New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a former Defense Intelligence Agency director who has become an outspoken supporter of Trump, a senior campaign official said.

    Career staffers from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the nation’s top intelligence office, will be leading the briefing, which is expected to cover major threats and emerging concerns around the world.

     

    is it likely there were friendly phone calls or visits to the russian tea room in the ensuing months by any of the participants?

  3. cbs news: Russian spy ship patrolling off U.S. East Coast

    and in wapo today: Multiple Russian aircraft buzzed a U.S. destroyer patrolling in the Black Sea last week, in an incident the captain of the American ship called “unsafe,” the Pentagon said Tuesday.
    The three flybys occurred on Feb. 10 and were first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
    [….]
    During the campaign, President Trump had suggested that such incidents show “how low we’ve gone that they can toy with us like that.” He said that Russian President Vladimir Putin should be warned in a phone call to stop and if the flybys continued then “when that sucker comes by you, you gotta shoot.”

  4. Ryan this morning seems to be very protective of Pence role in this whole mess while still attacking Hillary and even throwing Bush under the bus.  God the man is a weasel.

  5. Jamie, could be ryan is feathering his nest in anticipation of a veepship come the impeachment/resignation and the pence succession.

  6. keith: “Trump slandered Hillary Clinton ― you could argue Trump beat Hillary Clinton ― on charges of insecure handling of emails…. Nothing she was ever accused of ― nothing ― comes close to this debacle.”

     

  7. to paraphrase john lennon:

    one-two-three-four!
    ev’rybody’s talking ’bout
    bannonism, spiceism, trumpism, madism, ragism, conism
    this-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m
    all we are saying is give pence a chance
    all we are saying is give pence a chance

  8. ny times: Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

    Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

    American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.

    The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.

    But the intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. At one point last summer, Mr. Trump said at a campaign event that he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public.

    The officials said the intercepted communications were not limited to Trump campaign officials, and included other associates of Mr. Trump. On the Russian side, the contacts also included members of the Russian government outside of the intelligence services, the officials said. All of the current and former officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the continuing investigation is classified.

    [….]

    The National Security Agency, which monitors the communications of foreign intelligence services, initially captured the communications between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russians as part of routine foreign surveillance. After that, the F.B.I. asked the N.S.A. to collect as much information as possible about the Russian operatives on the phone calls, and to search through troves of previous intercepted communications that had not been analyzed.

    The F.B.I. has closely examined at least four other people close to Mr. Trump, although it is unclear if their calls were intercepted. They are Carter Page, a businessman and former foreign policy adviser to the campaign; Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative; and Mr. Flynn.

    All of the men have strongly denied they had any improper contacts with Russian officials.

  9. usatoday at msn:

    Facing renewed questions and investigations about contacts between his associates and Russia over last year’s election, President Trump denounced “conspiracy theories” that he claims are being spun by the media and illegal intelligence leaks.

    “The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred,” Trump said during a morning tweet storm. “@MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!”

    This and other tweets came as The New York Times  reported that phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Trump’s campaign team “had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election” in which Russia is accused of interfering via the hacking of Democratic officials.

    In another tweet, Trump accused his critics of scandal-mongering out of deference to defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

    “This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign,” Trump said.

    Trump also complained about news leaks in a third tweet: “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia.”

  10. Patd,

    When there’s smoke coming from every window,and under every door, it strongly suggests that there must be a fire inside somewhere. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    If Sarah Palin could see Russia from her back door,Trump must surely be able to see Russia from the White House water closet.

     

     

  11. Wow…  this story gets better everyday.

    My book club asked the librarian to get copies of “1984” for our meeting in April.  Haven’t read it since high school….  looking forward to it.

  12. Pence strikes me as a conniving,untrustworthy shit. You can bet that he has visions of being number 46. Probably sooner rather than later. He’s no less dangerous than Trump, just more subtle. Which is to say he just doesn’t drool.

  13. Where is Roger Stone?  You know he is involved in this mess I believe he paid the NJ bomber last fall

  14. Keep wondering how much Hillary knew that she couldn’t say because of ethics about leaks.  You know as FLOTUS, Senator, Secty of State, and then candidate that there was a whole lot of info behind calling Trump a “puppet”.  His reaction was so over the top, you know she knew.

     

  15. wonkette:
    Trump & Russia? NOBODY COULD HAVE SEEN THAT COMING!! Wonkagenda For Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

    GOOD MORNING WONKERS! Hold on to your butts because this forehead slapping, stomach turning, toe curling shitshow just keeps getting better and better. Here’s some of the things we may be talking about today!

    People in Trump’s camp were speaking with Russian Intel agents for at least a year, and the “red flag” that tipped FBI investigators off was (no joke) Every. Time. Trump. Praised. Russia!
    In the fallout of Mike Flynn’s massive and unsurprising fuck up, Trump knew for weeks that Flynn was lying, which means they lied about his lying, and now NSC staffers are essentially being begged not to quit. [….]

    The White House is compiling dossiers and threatening reporters, according to Omarosa Manigault, and we know this because the ghost of Richard Nixon has been taping conversations.

    Trump will abandon the Two-State Solution today when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits down with Jared Kushner and President Bannon.

    Trump thinks Russia will give back Crimea to Ukraine, despite the fact that Russia says they ain’t given’ up shit. See? There’s proof that there’s no illegal contact!

     

  16. mean while ole Noregard makes sure everyone is so sorry he got the appointment
    As a Republican senator from Alabama, Sessions, a devout Methodist, argued that the separation of church and state is unconstitutional, and that the First Amendment’s bar on an establishment of religion has been interpreted too strictly, while its right to free exercise of religion has been diminished.
    Asked at his confirmation hearing whether a “secular person” has “just as good a claim to understanding the truth as a person who is religious,” Sessions replied, “Well. I’m not sure.”

  17. Let’s see  idiot who knows nothing and just wants to be an oligarch like Putin or a religious nut

    Nelson BC is looking better and better

  18. Let me get this straight, Trumps people were playing kissy face with the

    russians for over a year that we know of,but Comey and the FBI had nothing better to do during that time than look at Hillary’s emails and tilt the election.

    Last time I checked the FBI was part of the national security apparatus. Some heads need to roll.

  19. This goes farther than just simply contacts with the Russians. It’s time to begin issuing subpoenas for a whole host of bank records and tax returns, including Trump’s. No time like the present to do so.

  20. I propose colin powell as chairman of that much needed independent commission which will investigate what the hell’s going on.  maybe sandra day O’Connor as co-chair.

  21. Apparently this is the unique QUALITY deadbeat White House M.O. for news dissemination :

    The reporter enters the WH and comes into contact with a communications/’strategic’ (clownway) staff person. The reporter asks a question. The staff person either tells a lie or stonewalls. The process repeats until the reporter gives up and goes to lunch.

    The reporter then walks down a different hall and meets a non-communications/’strategic’ functionary, say a budget fabricator or a pool boy. The reporter asks a question, and this staff person runs off at the mouth until bed time.

  22. We need a Special Prosecutor who is empowered to look under every rock, paste all the shredded paper back together, dig up every body, and check all the sock drawers and sewer lines of everyone who ever worked on the trump campaign or worked in the trump misadministration. We need a modern day Archibald Cox or Leon Jaworski.

    Sorry to disagree Pat. Sandra Day is too old. She’ll be 87 next month. She’d be 90 before the task would be completed. Colin Powell lost America’s confidence when he pitched the the bush/cheney/rumsfeld WMD fable at the UN.

    I might go for the prosecutor who handcuffed general patreaus, whoever it was. That took guts and integrity.

  23. I added sewer lines to my post, supra, after I suddenly remembered a case of a missing woman that was cracked by an unusually curious investigator. He noticed that water didn’t drain swiftly from the commode in the bathroom of the mother-in-law’s apartment in the suspect’s house. Opening the drain access below the commode, they found clumps of the missing woman blocking the water flow.

    It wasn’t one of my cases, and I reeeeeeaaaally admired that investigator.

  24. xr, I was grasping at straws to find reputable republicans who come with experience in all three branches… still looking for the retired moderate/liberal rep/sen but I think they’ve become extinct.   is there a levelheaded independent out there anywhere that could be a special prosecutor acceptable to both sides of the aisle?

    general powell knows what it’s like to be used, abused and lied to by the power hungry. he knows how things work in d.c.    and basically he is a good man.  just ask our friend flatus.

  25. all you kellyanne fans must be heartbroken

    from wapo:Morning Joe’ has blacklisted Kellyanne Conway. And that’s not all.

    MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said Wednesday that she refuses to book Kellyanne Conway on “Morning Joe” — and that wasn’t even the harshest thing Brzezinski and co-host Joe Scarborough said about the counselor to the president.

    “We know for a fact she tries to book herself on this show,” Brzezinski said. “I won’t do it, ‘cuz I don’t believe in fake news or information that is not true. And that is — every time I’ve ever seen her on television, something’s askew, off or incorrect.”

    The declaration that Conway is not welcome on “Morning Joe” is not very surprising. When CNN refused to put the former Trump campaign manager on its Sunday political talk show earlier this month, Brzezinksi tweeted that CNN was “not the first.” Wednesday marked the first time that she revealed a blanket ban on appearances by Conway, however.

    Even more damning than their blacklisting of Conway was the way the “Morning Joe” hosts characterized her — as an attention seeker who texts TV producers in a constant effort to get on air, so she can speak for a White House where she actually isn’t in the know.

    “She’s in none of the key meetings,” Scarborough said. “She goes out and books herself often. … I don’t even think she’s saying something that she knows to be untrue. She’s just saying things, just to get in front of the TV set and prove her relevance because behind the scenes — behind the scenes, she’s not in these meetings.”

  26. from realclearpolitics:

    Sen. Lindsey Graham responds to a report from the New York Times that President Donald Trump’s campaign aides communicated with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 campaign.

    LINDSEY GRAHAM: What is new and what disturbs me the most is accusations from a newspaper, which could be flat wrong so I’m not going to base my decision on a newspaper report, that there was collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence officials. Now, was this outside the norm? Was this something damaging to the country? I don’t know, but if there were contacts between Russian officials and Trump campaign operatives that was inappropriate, then it would be time for the Congress to form a joint select commission to get to the bottom of all things Russia and Trump.

    The bottom line here is we should have a joint select committee if there is any credibility to the accusation that campaign officials for Trump interacted with the Russians inappropriately.

  27. Is it just my wishful imagination or does the SS Trump seem to have water tight doors made of window screen?

  28. Seems to me Lindsey is attempting to set the bar too high.  The Times’ article was based on info from CIA or FBI wasn’t it? Of course FBI won’t comment on an ongoing investigation….unless it regards Hillary Clinton.

  29. xr, rudy for special prosecutor maybe?  fbi qualified – dressing up good enough for j edgar so why not rudy?

    Colbert back in august referenced this in one his shows.


    Uploaded on Apr 14, 2006

    Yes, it’s former NYC mayor Rody Giuliani in drag having his “breasts” shamelessly violated by “Apprentice” tycoon Donald Trump. Clip from new doc GIULIANI TIME, by Kevin Keating, now available on DVD from Cinema Libre Studio at http://www.cinemalibrestore.com

  30. I think Ernie Defarge’s wife should be prosecutor/jury/judge. She proved herself in years past and, if available, will do a speedy job of ridding us of rascals. Last I heard she was in France. She usually goes by her trade-name: Madame Thérèse Defarge

  31. And now head of Secret Service retiring.  Almost wonder if he is bailing because he was starting to enjoy his fantasies a little too much … lol (That’s a joke lurker).

  32. Flatus, that’s a pretty enticing suggestion. How about a bipartisan partnership of Madame Defarge with George Smiley or lavrenty beria ?

  33. huffpo:
    White House Reportedly Pulls Nomination Of Labor Pick Andy Puzder
     
    The former Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s chief executive is the first casualty among the president’s controversial Cabinet picks.

  34. Definitely not julie annie.
    I’m doing a little dance for the defeat of pudzer. 2 down and still about 600 to go.

  35. What happened to all the nutters who wanted the government to be run like a business ? The deadbeat is a businessman, right ? Whadda foghing mess, eh ?

  36. Disregard all the Russia business for a minute:  the fact that Trump conducted a security briefing while hosting a foreign dignitary in his private golden palace, Mar-A-Lago, while allowing guests without security clearances to photograph and listen-in, is at the very least, gross negligence, and grounds for impeachment.  How do I know this happened?  Because those guests took pictures with their cell-phones and posted them on facebook.   How easy it must be to spy on the administration!  Such recklessness is shameful and jeopardizes American lives.

  37. pertinent to the news is this little history lesson today from columnist sunstein at bloomberg: What Impeachment Meant to the Founders

    ….The third position, which carried the day, was that the president should be impeachable, but only for a narrow category of egregious abuses.

    Promoting that compromise in 1787, George Mason argued that the Constitution must allow a response if the president obtained office by corrupting his electors. That argument led other delegates to agree that impeachment might be permitted in situations of “corruption & some few other offences.”

    James Madison concurred, pointing to cases in which a president “might betray his trust to foreign powers.” Gouverneur Morris added that the president “may be bribed by a greater interest to betray his trust; and no one would say that we ought to expose ourselves to the danger of seeing the first Magistrate in foreign pay without being able to guard against it by displacing him.”

  38. Bink, yes ! Also, the other patrons could video the meeting and send to lip readers. Of course, russia, Iran, commieChina, northKorea, Mexico, Venezuela, daesh, Andorra, and Vanuatu all know what was said in that meeting. And, they all learned it at the speed of light, just microseconds after Abe learned it.

    Impeachment/trial/removal or a bananarepublican (bannonovrepublican?) coup d’etat ?

  39. politico: Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?
    Let’s stop focusing on the resignation, and start focusing on the real issue here: The mystery of Trump’s Russia ties.

    By Daniel Benjamin [Ambassador Daniel Benjamin is Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College and served as Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State Department 2009-2012.]

    As official Washington and the press home in on the permanent disarray in the White House, whether the disgraced Flynn broke the law and who will succeed him after his three-week tenure, the key question is getting lost in the shuffle: Who told Flynn to call Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States? Because I’m convinced Flynn didn’t do it of his own accord. Flynn is a bit player in a much larger story regarding the president’s relationship with the Kremlin, and it’s this story the press needs to focus on.

    [….]…Flynn was no grand strategist. He would not have been capable of running a complex political realignment with Russia, and he was woefully ill-cast for the role of national security adviser. An army intelligence officer who had spent most of his career in the Middle East and Afghanistan, Flynn had no background in diplomacy, not to mention Asian or European affairs. And it strains credulity that someone with such limited experience was acting on his own initiative when he spoke with Kislyak on December 29, the day of the sanctions announcement. If, as reported, he called five times in a single day, then he was on a mission, and probably not of his own devising. [….]

    This all brings us back to the question: If Flynn didn’t initiate the discussion, who did tell him to call Kislyak? More than that, what is the nature of Trump’s relationship with Putin, and did the two collude on the hacking of the election?

    Virtually all the reporters covering the Flynn imbroglio have lost track of this glaring mystery, focusing exclusively on the former general’s improprieties. In doing so, they are doing the White House a gigantic favor.

    Let’s review the bidding: Trump’s fondness for Putin and Russia remains at odds with the views of the entire national security establishment as well as scholarly Russia watchers. His recent rejoinder to Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, who called Putin “a killer,” that “You got a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?” still has eyeballs rolling. CNN reports that elements of the notorious dossier assembled by former British spy Christopher Steele have been corroborated by U.S. investigators. And, to this day, we have no idea of Trump’s business dealings with Russia—a gap in public understanding that is simply staggering for a U.S. president.

  40. so if Flynn is just a victim of the media why did Pussy Grabber cave to the fake news media

  41. Using a bi-partisan committee to winkle the truth out of Watergate participants was great tv, but it took too long and there was constant resistance from certain republican members. In the end, all the publicity made it nigh impossible to assemble a ‘clean’ jury.

    I favor a bi-partisan congressional effort to empower a non-partisan prosecutor to empty this cesspool. Let the Supremes suggest a list of 3 or 4 such prosecutors for Congress to pick from.

  42. kgc, daily beast wonders about that too:
    Trump Praises ‘Wonderful Man’ Flynn After White House Said He Couldn’t Be ‘Trusted’
    The president said his ex-national security adviser was “treated very unfairly by the media,” raising the question of why, exactly, he was fired.

  43. I’ve never liked Keith O.’s delivery, but if he wants to be on point while our government is assaulted by enemies both foreign and domestic, I really appreciate it.  Thank you, Keith Olbermann, keep it up.

  44. Maybe it is just a crazy attempt to disinform russian intelligence and burrow into putin’s confidence. I doubt it, but someone ought find out who is who, what they’ve all done, and to what purposes.

  45. Hey, Boss !

    You’re an actual lawyer. And, your voice has enough sweet magnolia, sweet tea, and buttery sweet corn bread in it to charm folks like thad cochran and richard shelby. So, why not you ?

  46. Quite the fun during the last few days, eh?  It looks like the stench of the corpse flower is beginning to swirl around 1600 Pennsylvania as the world watches another presidency slowly ooze into slime.  How deep is the head of the fish?  Fish rot from the head is the saying.  Right now the floater is starting to realize that his silly statement about illegal leaks did not have the positive effect he had hoped for.

    As many pointed out a few weeks ago, do not piss off the intelligence community.  They know your secrets.  I am sure Mr. Peebody has a lot of secrets he does not want released for public reading.  One especially is they were not listening to Flynn, they were listening to the Russians.  That he was talking to them is his problem.  A few of us are waiting to listen to what the dear leader of the orange stuff has to say to Putin and his friends.  I am sure ms. donnie is not the one to share with us.

  47. Pat, I don’t like the Amb Benjamin piece that you quoted up above.

    I don’t believe stupid, incompetent  people rise to three-star rank; they Peter out ten-years before that.

    I _do_ think Flynn is a weasel–sly, conniving, self-serving, not to be trusted, and unworthy of either our trust or respect. His resume was built upon the backs and achievements of others; none of the Bronze Stars that he loved to brag about were for valor, if earned at all.

    The Military, with President Obama’s concurrence, knew what they were doing when they relieved him from command of the Defense Intelligence Agency and told him to ‘Get out of our Army!’

  48. No, he’s not mentally ill

    Turns out Trump is not mentally ill. So there goes a possible insanity defense for treason.

    A noted psychiatrist, (not Dr. Bombay, but Dr. Allen Francis) who literally wrote the book on mental disorders, says: 1) that Trump gives mental illness a bad name; 2)  Trump may be a narcissist, but does not suffer from narcissistic personality disorder; and 3) causes mental distress in others. In layman’s terms, Trump is a jerk who’s been well-rewarded by his awful behavior and has no reason to change.

    A treasonous yet incompetent Russian stooge President lacks the cachet of a nutty President. Nothing avuncular about Trump.

    Why does this feel like a Nixonian soap opera at warp drive?

    The psychiatrist’s letter to the NYT.

     

     

     

  49. Apparently Dr. Allen Francis hasn’t read the DSM section on sociopathy. The deadbeat groper checks out at every symptom. Just a coincidence ?

    I support the great doctor in his intention to protect mentally ill people from invidious comparisons to the groping bully loudmouth deadbeat.

  50. Sens Schumer and Graham now agree on the need for a Special Prosecutor. mccain is still talking bi-partisan committee.

    Ana Marie Cox and Jamil Smith both think it’s time that legit news organs cease sending pros to the WH press conferences, updates, etc. They think interns should be sent to deal with the lies and stonewalling. It’d free senior & serious reporters to do real digging. Either that or sending the food, style, and crime reporters to ask the president & spice girl questions.

  51. Bringing Up Crybaby

    Mr. XR, Trumpus may wind up having an entry in the mental health textbooks named after him. Dr. Allen better get right on that.

    In all seriousness, it has caused me profound unease that Trumpus acts so oddly and yet has a significant number of loyal followers. Many lose their senses when it comes to him. How can so many delusional people exist (and thrive) in this country? Are they OK with constant, head-turning, lies? Like Mr. Spock, anything illogical gives me pause. Are they OK with what he’s about?

    And now @Jasoninthenuthouse wants the Inspector General to investigate “leaks.” Oh, the irony. Trumpus is the biggest leaker around.

    People always find a way out to outwit oppressors. Despots tend to be dense. When Hollywood had the Hays Office impose morality in films, we saw the likes of “Dr. Bone” and “Miss Swallow”  in Bringing Up Baby. Cleverness will out and Bananarepublicans will be sorrier than they already are.

    (By the way, my wire fox terriers are nuts for Skippy’s portrayal of George the dog in this film. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn are OK, too.)

  52. Mr. D, Dr Allen Frances portrays the trump supporters as the insane ones. Whaddo I know ? I only did criminal defense work, not psychiatry.

    I thought your terriers were, with one exception, Welsh. I thought one pic showed a Sealyham. Do I need new glasses ?

  53. First of all, I was thrilled that Rumor, a German Shepherd from just down the road a piece, kicked ass at Westminster in Madison Square Garden and won Best in Show.

    I am confused about one item, the Russian spy ship, tracked by USA since it left port and is now stopped 30 miles south of Groton. Int’l boundaries are 12 miles offshore…I assumed there are always spy ships legally prowling the seas: the USA has them everywhere all the time. So the congresspeople saying Putin’s escalation, buzzing USA sea vessels and the like are part of a general near-act of pre-war is just bullshit. This one congressman bluntly calls Russia our enemy, hinting we all should be afraid, very afraid. I was told we were likely all going to die by Russian nuclear attack all through my childhood and I damn-sure ain’t believing it now! When was Russia officially declared “Our Enemy”? Sure, Trump and Pooty-Poot and Netanyahu’s three-way games of footsie make me sick but the people of Russia are NOT my enemy. And it seems now the Two State Solution is gone, trashed by bully Netanyahu and Trump. I have news: it is not going to work. And halting the new settlements pushing towards River Jordan , as Trump meekly requested? Maybe a cigaret break, then back at it. Netanyahu, Kushner, Trump: GO TO HELL!!

  54. Yup. Nothing short of a 3 state solution will do, ‘cuz West Bankers can’t tolerate Gazans, and vice versa.

    netanyahu’s gotten a tiny and short-lived triumph, cuz he’s under 2 or 3 criminal investigations back home, and will probably soon fall. The deadbeat can’t deliver a one state solution anymore that I can jump to Mars.

    russia, the government, is no friend. As with Israel, the people of russia aren’t bad, but the russian government has been nasty to horrific since the days of Prince Oleg 1,100 years ago.

  55. ‘Twere best to remove pence from office first for misprision of a felony. Then impeach the deadbeat. Next, in the 2018 election win the majority in the House and the Senate. Finally, try, convict, and remove the deadbeat on Jan 3d, 2019. Now, fill that still empty Supreme Court seat.

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