Would somebody please tell Barr he cannot get it back, whatever he gave away in order to serve Trump?
It doesn’t work that way. Trump uses his lackeys and then he tosses them out. Later, some locate a glimmer or pretense of conscience, like Cohen in jail or Kelly out in the world, but by then the damage is done.
I’m not sure I really believe the fuss Barr is making about Trump’s interference in the Justice Department over the Roger Stone sentence. It could very well be a smokescreen to divert the thinking/caring half of the country. This current flap could be buying time for McConnell and the White Citizens Council to do more damage.
It’s too late for Barr, and maybe even too late for those of us who knew Trump as a wrongo, going back to his feckless-playboy days in New York, and tried to warn people. It’s too late for Barr because he has already wasted a year we could not afford.
It's too late for Barr in his slavish role as "My Roy Cohn," the nether force who advised the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Barr maligned Robert Mueller – his friend! – before Mueller’s report was public, thereby rendering it ineffective. Barr left his stink on a good public servant.
Maybe people informed Barr that he was looking horrible, that Trump was using him. Some of Barr’s old friends were going on TV and sighing that this is not the person they used to know. This is what happens in the monster movies when the core is removed.
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Also, would somebody please tell Sen. Susan Collins that her social-worker cause isn’t working out. This wishy-washy senator from Maine said her vote to end the impeachment could very well teach a lesson to Trump. There is no such thing as a bad boy, Collins seemed to be saying.
Even if Collins and her pals in the Senate had voted to pretend to hear witnesses, the process might still be going on, and Trump would not be exacting revenge on the citizens who did their duty in sworn testimony.
Collins will figure out soon that heroes like Vindman and Yovanovich get to keep their reputations while she and Lamar Alexander and Lisa Murkowski get to ride the Senate subway to ignominy.
How’s that reclamation project working, Sen. Collins? Maybe she will explain it to voters in Maine this fall -- if Trump allows elections to go forward.
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Things could happen fast as I type this on a cold Valentine’s Day. Trump could fire Barr. Or, Barr could quit. Or, it could all be a smokescreen to validate Barr’s next round of enablement.
After watching these people in action, I trust nobody.
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Pozzo and Lucky: Please see:
"My Roy Cohn":
2/14/2020 12:08:13 pm
He is Trump's lackey and was just doing Trump's bidding in the Stone matter. But then Trump, who can't resist gloating, embarrassed Barr on Twitter. Barr's message to Trump: knock it off, don't brag, you're making it harder for me to pull off this act. And you make me look bad.
2/14/2020 02:02:10 pm
John: I remember how I used to smirk at Berlusconi with his bunga-bunga parties...but at least he had business and sports success with AC Milan, in addition to being a creep. Our guy has his Jeffrey Epstein/grab 'em side, and he endangers the whole world...and the evangelicals love him. I snicker at nobody, anymore. GV
2/14/2020 12:16:39 pm
2/14/2020 02:03:53 pm
Hansen, thanks, those words just show up on the screen, inspired by Our Fool. It's like batting practice. Best, GV
2/14/2020 01:06:15 pm
2/14/2020 02:07:08 pm
She was a good obedient little Republican senator, and I am sure she now knows that her words will be in the first paragraph of her eventual obit, and will be the first question at every stop this fall in (which I can only assume will be) her last campaign. GV
2/15/2020 02:48:07 pm
I posted a reminder on my FB page, of the memorable scene, where the character, shouts out, “I’m mad and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
2/17/2020 08:27:27 am
Ed: thanks. I would say that beside "protesting" -- which I respect -- the other thing to do is persuade somebody you know that this president is dangerous. But the divisions are so strong, I don't know if civil personal discussion is even possible. I keep saying this guy will do the one thing that turns off more of his base -- but from watching the House and Senate Republicans, I do not know what that might be. Now 1,100 former Justice employees have called for Barr to leave. Does that resonate? Does anything? I'm not much help.
2/17/2020 08:56:11 am
2/16/2020 11:52:22 pm
2/17/2020 08:38:22 am
Dear Mr. Witheford: Thank you so much for noticing the book I helped Lorrie Morgan write. (PS: I am long retired from my newspaper career; the opinions are totally my own.)
2/17/2020 03:32:03 pm
AG Barr has too long a track record of being a Trump enabler to be able to verbally change his spots.
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From the great Maureen Dowd:
As I write this, I’m in a deserted newsroom in The Times’s D.C. office. After working at home for two years during Covid, I was elated to get back, so I could wander around and pick up the latest scoop.
But in the last year, there has been only a smattering of people whenever I’m here, with row upon row of empty desks. Sometimes a larger group gets lured in for a meeting with a platter of bagels."
--- Dowd writes about the lost world of journalists clustered in newsrooms at all hours, smoking, drinking, gossipping, making phone calls, typing, editing.
"Putting out the paper," we called it.
Much more than nostalgia.