4/8/2017: Overboard. Do we do anything?

Going Overboard with #Russiagate by Robert Caskey explains the strategy involved. Remember Obama’s “no scandals” bragging? … maybe because they were not on the front page and not going anywhere in congressional hearings. That is where the tables being turned changes tactics. They tried it with Bush and the simple measure of their effectiveness is the poll numbers. Now it’s Trump’s turn.

It’s a sad day for politics in America when Rep. Trey Gowdy has to plead with Democrats in Congress to be “constructive” and responsible in finding the truth, but Gowdy knows as well as anyone that his appeal is doomed to fall on deaf ears. Democrats in Congress and their allies in the media have officially become obsessed with the alleged links between the Trump administration and Russia, and it has very little to do with concerns over the integrity of the electoral process or the fate of American democracy.

In reality, the president’s opponents see the investigations into Trump campaign associates and hangers-on as an invaluable weapon.

as long as the press and the Democrats can keep RussiaGate on the front page, President Trump and the GOP will never have a chance to tackle their legislative priorities and will be stuck in a constant cycle of mini-scandals that undermine the administration without ever actually impugning it.

President Trump’s opponents will continue to lay this trap for as long as they can, and the administration needs to take care not to fall into it by indulging conspiracy theories and letting themselves get bogged down fighting interference actions.

This last is ‘swamp critter’ advice and it does not appear that the President is playing that game. He has another approach and a lot of the ‘politics as usual’ paradigm people haven’t yet Grokked the Scene.

Democrats Aren’t the Opposition. The Media Is by Amanda Carpenter – “Where, oh, where is the leader of the loyal Democratic opposition these days?” This is a trying to come to grips with reality story with alternative hypotheses being examined to find one that is most comfortable for the moment.

For those making purely political calculations, it makes far more sense for team Trump to attack the members of the media, who represent a serious threat to Trump’s influence and power, than the Democrats, who appear to be no threat at all.

The only thing standing between Trump and his agenda, whatever that is, is the media. Just look at how terribly the Democrats have handled the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

The problem is that the media problem is well known and understood and the President has been addressing it. One only has to look at the howling from the media to see this. One thing the President has not done is to simplify any issues and problems that confront him and this particular propaganda problem is just another example. The President’s response to problems has many facets and both short and long term implications. Those who do not pay attention, those who over-simplify, they are going to face ongoing dissonance.

John Sexton on Nikki Haley’s UN warning: ‘We are prepared to do more but we hope that will not be necessary.’ – Russia is being called out: “they are either complicit, incompetent or foolish.”

Haley placed blame on the Russian government saying, “Every time Assad has crossed the line of human decency, Russia has stood beside him.” Haley then examined Russia’s failure in Syria as the Russian representative sat perusing his phone and mostly avoiding eye contact.

“It could be that Russia is knowingly allowing chemical weapons to remain in Syria. It could be that Russia has been incompetent in its efforts to remove the chemical weapons. Or it could be that the Assad regime is playing the Russians for fools, telling them that there are no chemical weapons, all the while stockpiling them on their bases.

“The world is waiting for the Russian government to act responsibly in Syria,” Haley said. After outlining what the U.S. expected from Syria and its allies in the future, Haley gave a final warning: “The United States took a very measured step last night. We are prepared to do more but we hope that will not be necessary.”

Patience.There’s something new and different on the table and it will take a while to see what kind of difference it makes.

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