Photo of the day

Alright, another from my recent beach trip.  Always love getting the Piping Plovers in flight.  Got some good ones this year because my photo assistant (Evan) circled around and flushed them towards me.

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Overwhelmed

The truth is Trump is just so awful that we literally cannot keep up with the awfulness.  (Again, I direct you back to my cat piss theory of Trump).  American Prospect’s Adele Stan points out some recent awfulness that hardly got any attention because it was so drowned out by other awfulness:

On Tuesday evening, at a campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio, President Donald Trump treated his audience to a bit of snuff porn involving high-school age girls and some bad hombres.

After painting all the people currently under deportation orders as drug-importing gang members, the president described their purported crimes. “So they’ll take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15—and others—and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before any die,” Trump said. “And these are the animals that we’ve been protecting for so long.”

A more perfect encapsulation of the proclivities of the president’s poisonous psyche could not be imagined by even the likes of Quentin Tarantino. It’s all there, the racism, the dehumanization of immigrants, and a sexualized violence involving bleeding women—or, in this case, girls…

THE WORST PART of all of this is how terribly normal it has all become. None of the three must-read publications in Washington—The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and Politico—even reported the president’s slasher-movie remarks about “beautiful” 15-year-old girls from Tuesday’s speech in Youngstown, focusing rather on the fact that the speech was in the style of Trump’s campaign. Yet, even during the campaign, such a claim as Trump’s slice-and-dice quip would have been deemed shocking.

Yep.  And I can’t even blame the media to much for this.  They kept plenty busy with other Trump awfulness last week.  Alas, this is where we are as a country now.  And this is where will stay until more Republicans can overcome their un-thinking, totally reflexive partisanship (it can be done– look how much I’ve quoted The National Review of late) and admit that President Trump is a grossly unqualified threat to our democracy.

The worst people

Scaramucci, obviously, speaks for itself, but the sad truth is we are just going to get more and more incompetent and unqualified people serving Trump.  Seriously, what kind of competent, thoughtful, skilled person would want to sully themselves to serve Trump.  We’re going to be going from 3rd rate to 4th rate people.  I think there are few genuinely qualified people (e.g., McMaster) who are actually making a personal sacrifice in serving this moronic petty tyrant because they know we need some adults in the room for the good of the country, but the more it is revealed what an incredibly horrible person Trump is to serve, the harder and harder it will be to get even marginally qualified people.

On the bright side, this limits Trump’s ability to do damage because they will be incompetent at doing damaging things.  On the down side, it would be nice to actually have key government posts staffed by qualified people.

National Review’s Michael Doughtery absolutely lets loose on Trump as horrible boss:

But the really dangerous effect of Trump’s mismanagement is that it further degrades his administration’s already compromised efforts at hiring staff for senior and sub-cabinet positions. It is literally preventing his administration from taking full possession of the executive branch of government Trump is supposed to lead.

Why would you go to work for him unless you were hard-up for work or needing to take a high-risk gamble with your career? No one in his right mind would respond to a Help Wanted ad that advertised the boss’s propensity to be angered by the trivial and the everyday, leading him to tweet angrily at colleagues or to say damaging things about his employees to the newspaper of record. No one would respond to that ad if it also mentioned that the boss would redirect all the blame below and spread most of the credit to himself and his family members. But this is the Help Wanted ad the executive branch of the United States has now…

And so the Trump White House lacks the “best people” and the best minds working on the problems of government. It lacks expertise while it undertakes a job that desperately needs expertise. That means more mistakes, from simple diplomatic goofs to major strategic and governing decisions…

Trump is a third-rate boss, and he’s increasingly running a third-rate administration. How long until it changes the United States itself into a third-rate power?

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