I’ve tried to begin various versions of this post, but have ground to a halt each time. Why speculate on what he will say? We never know what he really means. He often doesn’t know what he really means but those gut instincts of his have served him well. He remains afloat by playing upon the fears, the hunger for simplicity and the resentments of many Americans, like a music phenom plays a Strativarius. Meanwhile he will talk about wanting to unify the country when he has done the exact opposite this past year. I imagine even his supporters don’t see him as a unifier. They just want to see him bully their imagined enemies in government.
In broad terms, whatever he says, the big news is how he and his minions in Congress and Trump TV (a.k.a. Fox “News”, with a couple exceptions) are steadily creating the alternative reality to challenge what is likely to come out of the Mueller investigation, a combination of charges and actions worthy of impeachment. When that time comes, the Trumpeteers want a well established narrative that undermines the credibility of Mueller and the FBI itself, so Trump can challenge the charges, maybe even plead the 5th Amendment. The latest attack comes from what is called the “Nunes” memo, which you can google and judge for yourself. So bogus if you know the history.
Meanwhile, Trump continues to be nice to his Russian buddy Vlad by cancelling plans yesterday for additional sanctions on Russia for interfering with our elections, sanctions that were passed in Congress by near unanimous majorities last summer. The White House has dragged its collective feet for months and finally, last night 10 minutes before the deadline, they cancelled them saying they didn’t seem necessary now.
Not necessary? Trump appointed CIA Director Mike Pompeo said earlier that day he expects Russia to try to interfere in our 2018 elections. And then that night, the White House says no need for more sanctions? It makes no sense but at this point lying has worked so well, who cares about contradictions, even when obvious. And so far Congress has barely raised a peep, as if they are all mesmerized.
I won’t watch the speech, but tomorrow I will be curious to know if Trump brings up his plan for immigration reform. Both the right and the left hate it, which says to me: Hey, there might be a decent deal to be made. If Trump actually could pull off a deal on immigration I might have to say something nice. But my guess is he won’t even try. He just wants to put the Dems in a position where they will have to refuse the deal. He doesn’t have the courage to make his base angry.
Oh, by the way, tied to some DACA deal is the necessity to add another budget extension (our 5th I think since October) in nine days.
Our fly by night budget system suits our fly by night president. It is only fitting that after Trump’s speech Jimmy Kimmel will host Stormy Daniels, called a porn star paramour of Trump who was allegedly paid off to keep silent prior to the election. In the pre-Trump era that would be BIG NEWS – the president and the porn star…..
Now it is just another side show in Trump’s 23 ring circus. Given all the geological layers of recently uncovered sleazy behavior by men in power, consensual sex, even while his wife was pregnant and a big payoff for silence was made, seems pretty tepid stuff.
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