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So Bountygate is out in the open

Let's hope reputable media sources and elected leaders won't let go of what happened in the past (who knew what, when?).

But, starting this minute, can we also start grilling the Trump administartion and Republicans about what they plan to do in retaliation? Now that we all know, what actions can we inflict on Putin? That needs to penetrate the public discussion as well.

You know Trump wants to just ride this out and introduce some outrage du jour to deflect. I suspect this breaking news on Friday may have been partially the reason he did not go to New Jersey. And BTW, NO mention of this on Friday's NBC Nightly News and it was buried deep into the broadcast of ABC's World News Tonight as a "blurb" on Saturday evening. I don't watch a lot of cable news where this may be getting more play, but I get a feeling this just isn't getting traction in overall mass media.

This Hunter Biden thing.

Don't give up ANYTHING to the Republicans? Fight tooth-and-nail and tell them to go pound sand and see ya in court? Give them a taste of their own medicine?


Go into the belly of the beast and show you have nothing to hide? Look bored as hell going through the motions and let the whole affair reveal a brazen political hit?

Whichever route, Republicans will twist themselves in knots to "prove" something.

I'm conflicted as I see both approaches.

What say you?

Stanley from The Office ripping Trump a new one


Here in the U.S., blue states will innovate and lead our way out of this pandemic.

The Californias, New Yorks and Washington states will craft the grounbreaking solutions to diagnose, confine, treat, educate, and rehabilitate.

Red states will be laggards, quietly adopting similar actions after a lot of kicking and screaming.

Oh, and fuck Jared Kushner. That asshole doesn't have an original thought in his head. Its so obvious he's desperate to be viewed as a "disruptor" like the Silicon Valley bros he wishes to emulate and be part of. All talk and branding. No action. Ever.

Another pattern I've noticed about Republicans during this crisis

No coping skills and a searing resentment that their freedom is limited. Sheltering in place drives them mad. In our on-demand society, the very thought that they have to apply some restraint and sacrifice is making them unbearable to talk to or be around. Perhaps Iím generalizing, but I feel the Republicans in my life are about to crack faster from quarantining than the Democrats.

What about schools?

so, with Trump declaring we need to get things back open to juice the economy, what about kids in schools? Will we see districts in red states send children back? What about parents who have to go to work and kids still at home? Has any of this been addressed?

So, Trump, Abbott (TX) and DeSantis (FL) forming unholy alliance, huh?

To hell with shelter-in-place. Let it run its course.

Wow. Just wow.

Iím sure other red state governors falling in line now.

Have we learned one, new substantive piece of information from this presser?

I mean it. Educate me. All I hear are the Presidentís opinions about things.

Is it just me, or is he going out of his way to mention work in NY and CA?

Hitching his star to Cuomo and Newsom?

Change of tone here toward those states.

Trump's COVID-19 strategy simplified (for now)

In the court of public perception:

Have the states do all the heavy lifting.

Continue daily briefings for appearances.

Capture the action halo by the states and hope most donít know the difference (Fed vs. states). Continue to see public approval of situation rise.

The spoiler to this? Shit gets really real in two months. Stories of death, shortages and despair by even trumpís faithful pulls back the curtain on who is really doing what and is who is asleep at the wheel. No amount of lying, denial, blaming, or payoffs will sweep things under the rug.
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