It's not exactly poignant but it's really striking the way that, except for a handful of devoted dimwit lifers, everyone in Trump's actual orbit plainly holds him in the lowest possible regard.
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) April 18, 2019
At least the Nixon people put a little effort into it.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) April 17, 2019
So, as it happens, Dave Roth’s done another fine pigbladdering of a most deserving target…
One of the most common misunderstandings about Dumb Guys is that they are not capable of doing things. This is false. They can and in fact absolutely love to do complicated-sounding things like scheme and intrigue. They may not do those things well, and will generally do them in arbitrary and ineffective ways. But they will attack the work of scheming and maneuvering and infighting with all the vigor of a dog trying to carry a too-big tree branch through a doorway…
… It is a common Dumb Guy trait to stop assimilating new information at some moment of great personal success; there is no reason to think that Jon Gruden believes the NFL is any different than it was when he won a Super Bowl in it during George W. Bush’s first term.
The problem is that all that intrigue creates its own sort of paranoid gravity. The Dumb Guy believes that the moment he stops scheming is the moment that he becomes vulnerable, and so must throw himself into constant counter-intrigue and intrigue-maintenance and general amphetamized vigilance. And that, according to Ian Rapoport, is where the Raiders stand today, after Mayock and Gruden sent home the team’s entire scouting department because they “don’t know who to trust.”…
Yeah, not exactly about Our Political Moment. But it certainly could be!
Because if there is one common denominator to the collection of grifters, racists, willing traitors, overconfident scions and all-purpose villains that compose the Oval Office Squatters Squad, it is that they are every one a Dumb Guy, revolving around the Dumb Guy in Chief.
don jr: too stupid to understand when he's doing crimes pic.twitter.com/gzzmFOb8S9
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) April 18, 2019
Can't stress this enough: the Russians set up a troll account made to look like an particularly racist, Klan-friendly state chapter of the GOP. The confirmation bias conspiracy fantasies it was selling were so popular it got mindlessly retweeted by near everyone in Trump's circle https://t.co/FELvVRyvAl
— Zeddediah Springfield (@Zeddary) April 18, 2019
they had to have been fucking AGHAST at how successful it was.
TROLL #1: I post frog in SS uniform telling old Goebbels line about jews but replace jew with the word Syrian
TROLL #2: try harder that's not going to trick Ameri-
TROLL #1: Trump Jr just retweet with 'so much dis'
— Zeddediah Springfield (@Zeddary) April 18, 2019
Guys I am not optimistic that Jared Kushner is going to deliver on that whole peace in the Middle East thing. pic.twitter.com/zyaLBkEKX3
— Jim Swift (@JimSwiftDC) April 18, 2019
Oh look Ivanka pic.twitter.com/Hy1EL2rcWw
— Michelle Goldberg (@michelleinbklyn) April 18, 2019
Mueller report, Vol. I, p. 156
"Bannon told the [Special Counsel] that… he regularly used his personal Blackberry and personal email for work-related communications… and he took no steps to preserve those work communications."
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) April 18, 2019
Reminder: During the period when he was using his personal BB sending deletable texts to Erik Prince about his ties to Kirill Dmitriev, Bannon was a member of the National Security Council. #ButHerEmails pic.twitter.com/hAu1LG3aNr
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) April 19, 2019
Good lord. pic.twitter.com/JMi3WaCVjp
— Jacob T. Levy (@jtlevy) April 18, 2019
The President tried to get one of his personal goons, who has never had any position in the admin, to convince the Attorney General to drop an investigation into foreign spies and hackers. Not himself or his lackeys, he was explicitly trying to quash a case against Russians. https://t.co/Th9n4xL0g1
— Zeddediah Springfield (@Zeddary) April 19, 2019
That moment when you realize that Corey Lewandowski showed better judgment than the president of the United States and you retreat into a fetal position.
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) April 19, 2019
GIULIANI: "You want me to make a moral judgement about it?… if we can impeach based on moral judgments, everybody in the US Congress would have to get impeached." pic.twitter.com/92IrbnphnS
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 19, 2019
Not to mention Attorney “Cover-Up” General William Barr, who deserves a post (and a level in Dante’s inferno) all his own!
Lol, William Barr ends the presser getting pissed off and saying that he didn't have to release the report at all.
I mean… I know this is all deeply serious, but, this small man is all "BIG MAD" by people asking him to be better than he is.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) April 18, 2019
Conway is a lot of things, but she's no dummy, she's been carefully insulating herself from this shitshow from day one. https://t.co/O7lPOfCJGK
— Tormund XtopHodor, First of His Name (@tommyxtopher) April 20, 2019