Day 203: McConnell Maliese

1,180 days until November 3, 2020. 452 days until November 6, 2018. Can we survive this madman until then?

Trump plunged our society further into fear this morning with an ominous tweet that the military is “locked and loaded” in the event of a North Korean strike. With this self-manufactured crisis unfolding, it makes every day feel like a week full of stress, every week feel like a month, every month feel like a year.

He’ll still need help enacting any type of agenda (or potential military authorization), and he has spent a lot of time this week attacking a key ally: Mitch McConnell. Trump may be right that passing the blame to McConnell for the failure of his guillotine-to-the-poor is a strategy. McConnell (and Congress as a whole) is polling far worse than Trump.

But Trump is overlooking the fact that messing with Mitch could prove incredibly costly. For starters, there are any number of strings that McConnell could pull to intensify the Russia investigation. Trump’s tax returns could be leaked, hearings that happened behind closed doors could come out of the SCIF and his caucus could turn up the heat on key administration figures to show their cards.

Furthermore, much as he did with Obama, McConnell could bring any sort of Trump agenda item to a grinding halt. McConnell’s not up for re-election until 2020 and although he doesn’t want to take a pounding in 2018, he could send some sort of political message to the administration and their supporters.

I doubt it’ll happen though. If Republicans have shown anything regarding their support of Trump, it’s fear, caving and justifying his most psychopathic tendencies. I just hope they take the same action they took with the Russian sanctions and remove his access to the nuclear codes.


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