If you are old & cynical, like me, you will remember that by the time Nixon coptered off the White House lawn, many Very Serious Persons (looking at you, Bob Woodward, not to mention Henry Kissinger) were informing us that Tricky Dick was a rogue psycopath — a lone gunman, even! — who wormed his way into the all-too-innocent Republican Party and corrupted a bunch of trusting younglings (like Dick Cheney) with his wicked political perversions.
Now cometh rumbles, amid the pleadings & sentencings of a new generation of Repub grifters, that the current Oval Office Occupant will be getting sent to the same Potemkin Coventry.
Today, for instance, Big Oil lifer Rex Tillerson trudged out in front of an audience to share horror stories of serving under the Squatter-in-Chief…
just America's former top diplomat, handpicked by Trump, openly saying the President spends his days thinking up crimes. https://t.co/dtJZq5lXuB
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) December 7, 2018
"When asked if he believes that Russia interfered in the presidential elections, Tillerson replied “there's no question” and that it was well-documented by intelligence agencies."
But your ex-boss still denies it.
— The New Me (@orangeseahorse) December 7, 2018
Tillerson speaks: Trump is ‘Undisciplined, doesn’t like to read' and tries to do illegal things https://t.co/gQhnQSA0dG
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) December 7, 2018
Rebuttal from the target:
Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 7, 2018
Out on the far end of the respectability / popularity scale, Tucker Carlson — who is a bonded member of the Permanent Party, even if he does play a slack-jawed moron on TV:
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) December 7, 2018
The quotes from this interview with Tucker Carlson are pretty remarkable.
I said it back when Fox News went dark on Twitter. A soft shift is underway.
Fox News is decoupling from Trump and easing away from a ship going down.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) December 7, 2018
My prediction: No later than January 4th, 2019, Chris Cillizza will be shaking his head over ‘lifelong Democrat Donald Trump’, multiple pundits on Axios will be extruding long posts linking Trump’s moral failings to Bill Clinton, and the Daily Caller will be wondering whether Trump’s grandfather didn’t change the family name because Drumpf sounded too, y’know, (((globalist))).
Peak Cillizza: List multiple instances of exclusively Republican power grabs and abuse, then profess worry the trend that "will not be isolated to one party" pic.twitter.com/ZgcLQU8RIW
— Steve Morris (@stevemorris__) December 6, 2018