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Flake is out.

Whelp, I’d like to think that Flake’s speech will be another flake in the avalanche of effective criticism rolling towards Trump.

But if I know Trump supporters, they’ll just take his announcement as another monster turned out of the swamp. Just another indicator that Trump is just a symptom of the unhinged feeding frenzy in the right wing that is consuming its own as it becomes even more extreme.


Still, pretty damn good speech and it sounds like he might not be so cooperative for the next year now that he doesn’t have to be beholden to the GOP.

A girl can dream.

Here are the money quotes:

In this century, a new phrase has entered the language to describe the accommodation of a new and undesirable order — that phrase being “the new normal.” But we must never adjust to the present coarseness of our national dialogue — with the tone set at the top.

We must never regard as “normal” the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals. We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country – the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have all been elected to serve.

None of these appalling features of our current politics should ever be regarded as normal. We must never allow ourselves to lapse into thinking that this is just the way things are now. If we simply become inured to this condition, thinking that this is just politics as usual, then heaven help us. Without fear of the consequences, and without consideration of the rules of what is politically safe or palatable, we must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal.

Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as “telling it like it is,” when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified.

And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else: It is dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does not project strength — because our strength comes from our values. It instead projects a corruption of the spirit, and weakness.


Packing up my stuff and heading out, slogging through the remainder of the Trump year, may it ever be so short, and dreaming of better things and sweeter music.

4 Responses

  1. I wonder why they had to announce they won’t run for reelection but then it dawned on me that that is the only way to go against the tide in the current circumstance. If he does stand up to the bully in the WH without saying that, he can’t go back to saying it down the line even though he was ready for that outcome when he took on the guy in the WH.

  2. Watch this! I hope he was a better neurosurgeon than he is running HUD. Slouching and body language bad.

  3. Anyone else think Flake is going to run in 2020?

    • I hadn’t thought of that, but it would be fun to see Trump (or Pence) have to deal with a primary challenger, assuming they haven’t both been thrown out in a Merry Muellermas before then.

      Meanwhile, speaking of flakes, that horseshoe-leftist flake in RD’s left column whom I once respected has vomited up yet more drivel. His columns remind me of a MAD magazine parody of the old TV show Kung Fu, which I read many years ago:

      “Good-bye, Master! I realize now that I have been stupid, listening to your idiotic advice all these years!”

      “Good-bye, Grasshopper! You have finally found the TRUTH!”


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