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Now we're getting somewhere.

After reading Michael Cohen's book, my contempt for Lewandowski rose my orders of magnitude. I don't know if he's still the raging drunk he was in 2016/17, but if he is, that doesn't bode well, since addictions like that are a risk factor for serious complications.

Well done.

Steve Schmidt said something about this. He said there are only two ways to deal with an enemy hell bent on your destruction, using WW2 as an analogy:

1. Attrition (European theater)
2. Complete dominance (Pacific theater)

I've jokingly referred to Denazification after WW2, but in truth it didn't work all that well.

Putin does seem a little agitated lately:

Rumors in September that he might resign office.
Decision to resign "due to Parkinson's Disease" the day after the election, his resignation to occur around the exact same time Biden assumes office.
Sputnik V vaccine might be a failure.
This morning: "Putin is building a bomb shelter."

Chris Hayes? He's been on this topic like flies on shit.

Same for Rachel Maddow and Katy Tur and a boatload of CNN's people: Brianna Keilar, Brooke Baldwin, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo. Some of them have burst into tears on air while discussing this topic.

We should give kudos to these people.

Last night on CNN

one of the anchors and a guest were laughing over the awkwardness of Mike Pompeo about to meet with a bunch of his counterparts in countries that have already recognized Biden as the new president of the USA.

He's been inscrutable, masterful.

I can't wait to read the behind-the-scenes books about his campaign and, specifically, this period we are experiencing right now.

You know, every time I'm tempted to end my subscription to the NYT

I remind myself of their exposes on Trump's taxes, Rupert Murdoch, and their story about Rod Rosenstein offering to wear a wire, which I thought was BS and wrote two blistering letters to them, only to find out it was probably true. They also played a determinative role in inspiring and helping Mary Trump to write her book, one of the true literary/psychological/political gems of the last four years.

I just can't do it, because they've done so much important work. YES, they annoy me frequently. But on balance, it's one of the best.

I don't pretend to know, but he is lionized by the well-funded institutions of

the Christian Right who absolutely adore him and treat him like a king. I could see him serving some function for the handful of organizations that try to exert influence on conservative politicians and legislation, or even becoming a figurehead for them.

And after reading Woodward's book Rage and The Power Worshippers by Katherine Stewart I'm even more convinced that he might play an important role in that 'community'.

In Rage, recall the scenes between Pence and Dan Coats, when Coats and his wife were like, What the fuck are devout Christians like us doing supporting this guy Trump? and Pence telling him that they had to swallow hard and keep going because of the ultimate goal. Coats and Pence are both deeply Christian and prayed together frequently.

Pretty weak

1. There aren't "endless streams" of posts about the election being "handed to Trump." There are lots of posts by people rationally worried about the rapid proliferation of red flags indicating that the process itself is being interfered with, partially based on alarm bells being sounded by really bright people in a position to know more than us: Leon Panetta, McCaffrey, Timothy Snyder, Esper, Malcolm Nance, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Bolton, Dr. Bandy Lee, etc.. The real issue is how much collateral damage will be done to our nation's institutions, norms, customs, credibility and reputation between now and January 20.

2. You can never tell by how someone conducts himself during a period like this what is transpiring in their minds. That isn't how we behave. Didn't you read Sun Tzu in college? This does not even rise to the level of human psychology 101.

Straw man argument, overwrought and undercooked IMO. This post falls somewhere next to your defense of the GSA for delaying transition funds and assistance to Biden and Harris.

Watch out for Stephen Miller's immigration agenda

That's one that worries me. Also: deregulation, environmental policy ("Heck, let's sell off the national parks!"

If I ran an agency affected by this "flurry" of changes, I might tell my people to "sit tight", like Mattis used to do at DoD. Just slow roll it until Trump is gone.

I know we knew this was coming, but it still pisses me off enormously. It demonstrates utter contempt for norms, and for our new President and VP.

I really hope John Yoo isn't involved in this, because his whole raison d'etre is that he can craft Executive Orders that are very difficult to undo. That is how he caught the White House's attention in the first place.

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