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Same, exactly.

I even had a tentative schedule to try to regain my ability to sleep, and to do some creative stuff, maybe some writing (which I haven't done in 4 years).

Now, I don't really see an end in sight, not even Inauguration day.

I did understand Trump would behave badly after the election, but I didn't really think about how much it would impact Joe and Kamala. That's the most painful thing to me, is watching the transition destroyed, and imagining what the consequences will be. I simply didn't understand that the transition process itself could be uprooted.

Thom Hartmann floated this possibility a couple of months back.

I always listen to what Thom Hartmann has to say, but I couldn't gauge how serious he was about this, since his theory depended on the cooperation of Fed Chair Powell, so for the most part I dismissed it. (Jay Powell is not going to help Trump crash the stock market.)

But there are other ways he could accomplish this.

I'm not putting a single thing past Trump. He will hurt anybody at this point, even his rich friends. He's beyond caring.

I think it was Joy Reid who last night said "The mask is off..."

This was indisputably pure racism. Right in America's face.

I'm not really sure if, in my lifetime, I've ever seen anything so bold by public officials. This seems like something from the 1950s or 60s. Stuff I've only read about.

They weren't trying to "sneak" something through. It was so blatant. It felt to me like what it might have been like to watch cops block the way of little black kids trying to go to school. It was repulsive.

Something to watch out for here: Erik Prince's old plan

Remember this? Mattis laughed him out of the Pentagon, but new people are in there now:

Here’s the blueprint for Erik Prince’s $5 billion plan to privatize the Afghanistan war

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/09/05/heres-the-blueprint-for-erik-princes-5-billion-plan-to-privatize-the-afghanistan-war/

When Trump does something on an international scale that, at first blush,

doesn't seem to benefit him directly or personally, I start to wonder if he is repaying a favor to a foreign leader, or expecting a favor in return (i.e., the Syrian troop pullout, moving the embassy to Jerusalem).

I'm thinking... Prior to Trump, McCain was the figure he most

idolized, and when McCain died, that left Graham open to maximize (or, really, capitalize on) his relationship with someone even more powerful than McCain. Graham seems gratified to bask in the limelight these larger-than-life figures receive. Sort of like Pence does with Trump, albeit with less fanfare and self-promotion.

I'm sticking with the "Pilot fish" theory of Lindsey Graham.

Woodward's first book on Trump, Fear, depicts Graham as starstruck by how close his relationship with Trump became. Graham, for a while at least, thought he had tremendous influence over Trump, and loved being the guy Trump called at midnight to vent, and to play golf with. He attaches himself to the biggest whale.

I'm open to the blackmail theory, but Graham's relationship with Trump is not the relationship most people would have with their blackmailer.

When John McCain died, so did Graham's Jiminy Cricket (his conscience).

At some point the adolescent infatuation gave way to fear, because Trump stopped listening so much to Graham and, in Graham's estimation, Trump has immense power, even after being roundly defeated in this election.

Adam Schiff (or Neal Katyal?)

Although someone here at DU made a good case for Neal Katyal. I thought that was a great idea.

Does anybody else like the idea of Neal Katyal?

Neal Kumar Katyal (born March 12, 1970) is an American lawyer and academic. He is a partner at Hogan Lovells and the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law at Georgetown University Law Center.[2][3] During the Obama Administration, Katyal served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States from May 2010[4] until June 2011. Previously, Katyal served as an attorney in the Solicitor General's office, and as Principal Deputy Solicitor General in the U.S. Justice Department.

Katyal has argued more Supreme Court cases than any other minority lawyer in American history.[5] He is a self-described "extremist centrist".[6]


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neal_Katyal

Howard Stern has been trying to get this point through to the MAGAts for

years: Trump loathes you, he wouldn't be seen with you, he wouldn't allow you into Mar-a-Lago, he'd throw you out.

But this pattern with Trump and his kids is a repeat of what happened with Trump and his siblings with Fred Senior. You don't step out of line, and Daddy holds the purse strings. They remain children forever. Coping mechanisms they develop in childhood to "survive" don't serve them as adults, but they don't abandon them.

"I'm a total act and I don't understand why people don't get it"

Trump to Scaramucci.

Anthony Scaramucci Claims Trump Told Him He's a 'Total Act' in New Book By Washington Post Reporters

https://www.newsweek.com/anthony-scaramucci-claims-trump-told-him-hes-total-act-new-book-washington-post-reporters-1482420
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