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During her CNN interview with Jake Tapper on Tuesday, Trump’s senior advisor Kellyanne Conway argued that much of the critical coverage of her boss showed a lack of “respect for and recognition of the dignity [of] the office of President.”

Sorry Kellyanne but it cuts both ways.

How does Donald Trump show respect for the presidency by undermining faith in our basic democratic institutions through constant lying? Or by attacking judges doing their constitutionally mandated job?

How does he honor his responsibility to the country by nominating manifestly unqualified, ethically challenged, ideologues to head government agencies? Or by not reaching out to the majority of citizens who voted for his opponent?

Why does he deserve to be called “Mr. President” when he refuses to divest himself of an ownership stake in his business empire?

And what kind of dignity does this Narcissist-in-Chief demonstrate by tweeting about tv shows, the size of his inauguration crowds, and his adult daughter’s business affairs?

It’s a wonder to me how journalists like Tapper manage to interview Trump’s apologists — Conway, Vice-president Pence, chief-of-staff Reince Priebus, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan — without having their heads explode. For that kind of professionalism, they have my greatest respect. Me? I’d be tearing my hair out, burying my head in my hands, or sputtering incoherently at the shameless cravenness, evasiveness, dishonesty, and hypocrisy of people who, not being Trump, ought to know better.

I can only hope that a day will come when tv or radio broadcasts will provide a laugh track to accompany interviews with the Oval Office Kool-Aid drinkers. Because that is what they truly deserve — the only appropriate response of an enlightened and empowered citizenry that won’t accept crap as answer.

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Sometimes when I reflect on George W. Bush’s presidency, I wish he had remained a drunk: he would have done a lot less damage down in Midland, Texas as an alcoholic than he did as a White House teetotaler. Whenever he or Cheney or Rice claimed that the world was better off without Saddam Hussein in power I couldn’t help thinking how much better the world would be if George W. Bush had stayed down South.

Two disastrous wars, an economy on life support, the Constitution shredded, the executive branch corrupted, and our international standing badly tarnished doesn’t leave one with much of a record to stand on. Indeed, all Bush could rely on in his exit interviews were spurious claims about making “tough” decisions (however dumb, ineffective, unrealistic, hypocritical, self-serving, or ideologically and politically based), keeping this country safe after 9/11 (as if his term of office didn’t begin until the following day and everyone has reason to feel secure now), and certainty that history will absolve him.

It must be next to impossible for anyone, let alone such a small-minded, petulant, spoiled brat, to acknowledge and take responsibility for the mammoth mess he’s left us — a hole so deep and filled with suffering that even Daddy and Daddy’s friends can’t bale him out this time. This was, after all, an administration who explained every failing with the excuse: “Who could have predicted (choose one): (1) airplanes would be used as weapons; (2) chaos and civil war would erupt in Iraq after we invaded; (3) Katrina’s storm surge would flood New Orleans; (4) questionable Wall Street practices would lead to an economic collapse.”

Many of us, of course, did know but who, eight years ago, could have predicted it would ever turn out this bad? That no one had any inkling is a measure of the epic ineptitude of #43.

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On February 29, 2008, Nancy Pelosi visited Princeton as guest of honor at a fundraiser for our local Congressman. This was the color version of a b&w ad that greeted her in the local paper:

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This next flyer was deemed a bit too confrontational for Princeton’s delicate sensibilities:
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Protesters were kept hundreds of yards away from the hotel where Pelosi was speaking. It’s only right, after all, that lawmakers who send American men and women overseas to dodge bullets, rockets, and IEDs in an unjustified, catastrophic war, should be protected from critical words.

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CNN has just reported that a fire has broken out at the National Archives and destroyed its original copies of the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and Bill of Rights. All that is left of the historic documents is a handful of ashes.

A sobbing, grief-stricken National Archives spokesman who wished to remain anonymous says that the loss is unfathomable and leaves the United States eternally stripped of its collective identity. While firefighters worked feverishly to douse the remaining flames, employees were observed outside the building wandering around in a state of shock, some lost in disbelief, others on their hands and knees weeping uncontrollably.

Although authorities have no idea at this point whether the fire was due to an accident, negligence, or terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security has already raised the national threat status to its highest level, “Red/Severe.” President Bush left Washington earlier today for an undisclosed location to oversee plans for the imminent invasion of Iran and North Korea. “We think it’s pretty obvious that this was a terrorist act by those two governments,” a senior official said. “They are the only axis-of-evil nations who hate our freedoms whom we have yet to destroy. America can’t wait for the next attack to start with a mushroom cloud over Crawford, Texas or the Eastern Shore of Maryland.”

Asked how the United States could possibly fight two formidable opponents concurrently with major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this official explained that the following categories of able-bodied citizens would soon be drafted: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, food stamp recipients, the unemployed, filers for bankruptcy protection, unmarried mothers, and registered Democrats.

UPDATE: An FBI investigation into the fire has been brought to an immediate halt by the White House. Press Secretary Tony Snow asserted at an emergency press briefing that FBI agents do not have the proper security clearance to look into this matter. His declaration aroused immediate suspicions that the Administration has something to hide.

2nd UPDATE: People magazine has uncovered evidence that the recent destruction of historical documents at the National Archives was an act of arson perpetrated by Karl Rove on orders from Vice President Cheney. The revelation sent millions of citizens into the streets and flooded the Congressional switchboard with demands for the president and vice president’s immediate removal from office and arrest. Concerned about the possible effects of a Republican backlash, and not wanting to appear soft on international terrorism or divide the country at a time of crisis, Democratic Congressional leaders are continuing to support the invasion of Iran and North Korea. In an emotional gathering on the steps of the Capitol just a few moments ago, they sang the national anthem and announced changes to the Patriot Act that would repeal the First Amendment and prohibit gay marriage.

Cross-posted at: Daily Kos

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