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Morning over coffee

So BiFF and I are drinking coffee and reading the news on the back patio, listening to the birds. Samples of morning conversation:

BiFF:  HA!  This article says gross incompetence is not an impeachable offense. 

RD: You’d have to set a standard for competence. Opinions vary. 

BiFF: What if Trump has tapes of his conversations in the Oval Office? 

RD:  That would be really bad considering the last time someone had a secret taping system in the Oval Office. But recording conversations is not necessarily illegal based on the state. 

BiFF: Ah! D.C. is not a STATE!

RD: Oh, yeah, forgot about that. 

BiFF:  How will Trump respond?  Crazy tweets?  Video?

RD:  Whatever it is, it will be unhinged. I’m more interested in what Republicans in Congress will do. So far, {{crickets}}. 

(RD thinks about that book In The Garden Of Beasts when another unhinged dictator wannabe with a dark triangle personality got away with crimes and no one stopped him until Europe was bombed to rubble…)

Nahhh, that could never happen here. Right?  

Cue the soothing Bossa Nova…

RD: NYTimes Editorial, Can Trump be Trusted with State Secrets?

No

BiFF: That was a short editorial!  

Laughter ensues. 

{{omg}}

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