MCCAIN’S REVENGE

Trump’s Unifying Bridge Burned

What makes people work together? You can talk about common goals, community or sense of family, but what gets things done on the world stage is empathy and truth.

When Donald J. Trump was sworn in as 45th President of the United States he had an opportunity, a chance to unite all Americans around a more moderate approach rather than the antics of the bombastic clown candidate we witnessed during the campaign. Some of the pundits and experts believed that there would be a substantial pivot to something that was more presidential. They were all wrong. What we saw, is what we got.

Even when veteran judges were asked to evaluate his “Travel Ban” they vocalized their desire to separate what candidate Trump said from what President Trump said and did. I’m not sure why the things Trump said during his presidential pitch would be disallowed in a court of law. When a seller of a product misrepresents what that product does in their marketing they can he held accountable. Why is pre-President Trump being forgotten?

Billionaire Mark Cuban was very direct in his “Shark Tank-like” evaluation of Trump. Mark said that Trump would not just leave the campaign behind. Cuban believed the Donald would double-down on some of the campaign’s aspects and even take them to more absurd levels. Mark was right.

Whatever someone says is important. Words matter. Listen carefully to what someone says and you can look right into their soul. People are not that perfect and they show you so much if you are open to the nuisances.

From the beginning of Donald Trump’s rise in the public atmosphere of New York, he was at best a playboy, at worst a misogynic woman hater. He flaunted it and loved the spotlight that was aimed at him and the beautiful women on his arm. He cheated on his wives and he bragged about conquests. The Access Hollywood tape and the women who came forward saying he actually did touch them inappropriately, might have been forgotten by red-blooded All-American rednecks, but American women know how that attitude feels. It’s learned from an early age.

When Trump was asked about John McCain during the campaign, he very cynically said that he didn’t think McCain was a war hero because he was captured. Then he blasted from every auditorium microphone his plan to make sure every veteran would be treated better by the V.A. Was that simply his deep-seated guilt for his comment, or his fear of being exposed by his obvious scheme to get out of military service himself? As someone who has a bone-spur, I can tell you with the right shoes you can do anything.

Trump thinks he can do everything better than Obama, who had very little interaction with members of the House and Senate. The great Orange Leader bombed with Congress because of too much contact. His little bribing and beating down free luncheons at the White House showed his lack of knowledge on the legislation that they were considering. Even one Republican commented, “He didn’t seem to understand what we were trying to do with the bill.”

His big party on the lawn of the White House with Representatives to celebrate one step in the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare was his “Mission Accomplished” moment. He truly believes you can throw a beer bash and everyone in D.C. gets in line. Oh, how foolish this naïve business person is.

In the middle of the night, or to be exact, the morning of July 28, 2017, with 49 voting in favor and 51 voting against what was known as the “Skinny Bill”, the Senate stopped repeal dead in its tracks. Three Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine voted no along with all 48 Democrats.

Why this should be very alarming to the administration comes in many different colored poison pills they are going to have to swallow. First, the obvious fact that Trump has no real sway with the Senate. He has pockets of deeply loyal fans in the House, but you cannot get America to do anything without the Senate, and they know it.

Trump can hurl his psychological vomiting toward the players via Twitter, but deep down inside he’s in a quandary about why this “extremely lovable playboy” cannot be taken seriously. One wouldn’t turn to Hugh Hefner for marriage advice, so why is America depending on a tax-evading, draft dodging, pussy grabbing man-child to run our country?

Let’s put it more simply for the people moving their lips while reading this. The people who voted against all these Trump pushed (but not read) bills is because of things he said in the past.

What do Murkowski and Collins have in common? They are both women. And they are more sensitive to women’s issues. Planned Parenthood has 56 independent local affiliates that operate more than 600 health centers throughout the United States, providing high-quality services to women, men, and teens. And this legislation would have, more, or less, closed those facilities.

The cookie Congress was throwing in for women’s health was money for community centers to do what? You cannot deal with female issues without dealing with reproduction and diseases that affect their body parts. And of course, the whole world wasn’t watching when 13 male Senators created this bill behind closed doors. No women allowed? And at the 11th hour, the administration threatened these women and see what it got them, a NO VOTE.

I am sure John McCain, who spent six-years as a prisoner of war in Viet Nam, has all the patience of a saint. He brushed aside Trump’s insult on the campaign trail and I am sure never expected an apology. But a prisoner of war learns a lesson that business cannot teach you: you must wait for the right moment.

When Trump asked McCain for his vote, he hailed him as a hero. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Senate. John McCain, recently diagnosed with brain cancer, got on a plane and with his first vote set in motion a series of stateman’s like things. First, he gave a speech about how Congress is getting nothing done and urged his fellow legislatures to get back to what is called “regular order.” He was simply asking them to do things right. As he was giving the speech, I found myself thinking, wow, he would have made a great President.

But what Trump and his band of not-so-merry-men in the West Wing found out is it takes two to tango and McCain was leading while the music played. From my perspective, he got his revenge for the mean and disruptive statements Trump has made. He waited his turn, played his card and voted “NO!”

John McCain already has a legacy much greater than most, but what he did in the dead of night was punch a little crack in the dam of ignorance that has been created by electing a demigod to the high office in the land. The pressure will build behind the Republican dam and others will take their turn at making that crack a little bigger.

When the gate is opened, water from Capitol Hill will be released and flow toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. By then, surely the current occupants will get out in time.


DISRUPTION COMBUSTION

The Unpeaceful Transfer of Power

There is some wisdom in the structure of the United States government. Having three branches gives some feeling of checks and balances, but we are entering the twilight zone with the current executive branch.

The interview with the new Communications Chief, Anthony Scaramucci, that appeared today (7-27-2017) in The New Yorker magazine bared the visceral and raw nature of the people President Trump chooses to advise him. The little white lie that Trump hires only the best people was torn down in one fell swoop with Slick Anthony’s trashing of the Trump team.

The airing of dirty laundry in public is one thing, but the use of locker room terminologies to decry the chief of staff and the senior advisor seemed far beneath what we expect from our White House. If the First Lady calls it “boy talk” I will probably just throw up. Remember, she was the one who said her pet cause would be cyber-bullying. The whole family from son-in-law to daughter to daddy all seem to be the greatest cons and hypocrites of the century.

Such harassment of a fellow employee would never be allowed in business. Remember, Trump said he would use his successful businessman skills to fix the country while it appears that he cannot tie his shoes.

Scaramucci’s vulgar public flogging of Priebus and Bannon, two people I have no respect for, was childish, disturbing and disruptive. If you don’t like them, fire them. But here is the question, beyond the Bannon self-pleasuring and dime-store psychological analysis of Reince Priebus, Scaramucci has done nothing but make the situation worse. He’s another egomaniacal rich white guy who thinks he can fix things, just like his boss.

The reason Anthony got the job is because he was able to hit back against CNN and get two reporters fired. What the Donald doesn’t understand is that Scaramucci was in the private sector when he went after CNN.  Now he is part of the administration and the rules have changed. Every move he makes will be put under the microscope and the freedom of information act will not work in his favor. We do have the 1st amendment when it comes to covering the White House. And maybe it’s time to remind King Donald that, (a.) he’s not a nice guy and, (b.) he actually works for the taxpayers of this great land.

If I hear one more self-anointed ass wipe say that he “serves at the pleasure of the President” I am going throw a sledgehammer through the TV screen. You serve the American public. You are nothing but a government employee. And if Anthony Scaramucci used that language on the floor of the Congress, he would be disciplined and censured. And Trump won’t restrain Scaramucci, because he thinks this is funny and entertaining.

If Trump cares so much about ratings, he should look at his own ratings. With only 36% approval, his TV show would have been canceled.

The lack of clarity with this administration is due to the shoddy communication and the distractions that Trump himself drops into the punch bowl. We knew that he would be different, he reminds us every day that he is neither a statesman nor a smart politician. He shows us with his actions that he is an amateur at governance and not qualified to be the leader of the free world.

Bringing Scaramucci into the White House will prove to be a colossal error. His words and deeds so far remind me of the old business guy who used to say, “I’m going to fire one person every day until morale improves around this place.” It doesn’t really work and, in the end, finding the leaks will not be as important as finding out ‘why’ people are leaking.

Just to get this on the record, White House Communications chief Anthony Scaramucci said (Reince) “Priebus is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.” He also laid into the President’s adviser Steve Bannon with, “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock. I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.” So, there you have it folks. We’ve entrusted our government and military to these people. Really? Thanks to The New Yorker magazine for their brilliant UNFAKE NEWS.

If I said those things about my co-workers with that language, I would have been hauled into H.R. Does the White House even have a Human Resources office? Any of us using such uncouth and reprehensible language would have received a memo urging enrollment in anger management classes with a copy of that memo placed in their personnel folder.

These people are nothing more than bush league bureaucrats. That is what happens when you elect the wrong person for the wrong reason. Time will tell, as the Donald said about Jeff Sessions, is what most thoughtful citizens of this country are saying is true. Time will tell how long it will take for people in America to wake up and realize they made a drastic mistake.