The Far Side was a single-panel comic created by Gary Larson that ran from January 1, 1980, to January 1, 1995. Larson’s creations are described as “surrealistic humor often based on uncomfortable social situations, improbable events, an anthropomorphic view of the world, logical fallacies, impending bizarre disasters, (often twisted) references to proverbs, or the search for meaning in life.” In short, for me, his comics appealed to my weird sense of humor and the panel above is my all time favorite.
Why am I sharing this? Because right now, “our” President is being “neutered” with equal doses of being “tutored” as well.
Now I can promise you Trump will try to take credit for ending this shut down, just like he has tried to take credit for the talks between North and South Korea, because of his “tough rocket man tweets” or, the most likely path, he will throw a 2-year-old temper tantrum and try to blow it up. Make no mistake about it, if this bill passes there was no Art of the Deal in its path to success, in fact, the best thing Trump did this weekend was stay locked up in his bedroom playing with his smart phone, watching Fox News and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Here is the problem, when “we” have a President with a very fragile ego, and an extreme over inflated sense of self-worth he needs to have that dead squirrel on his head stroked, and as Rogue WH Snr Advisor tweeted this morning “Trump has been “frozen out” of shutdown talks and “isn’t happy about it.” Can’t get McConnell or Schumer on the phone – one staffer calling them “every 30 seconds.”, the squirrel didn’t get stroked.
Trump didn’t offer any ideas for a way out of the shutdown because he didn’t have any ideas to offer. As Trump sees himself, that isn’t his job. He “tough tweets”, then comes in, signs the paper, shows everyone the signed paper, hands out the pen he used to sign it to some lucky person and then heads for his bedroom or the golf course. As CNN notes “The problem for Trump is that senators and House members don’t have the same reaction to him that many in the business world do. They are not awed by being in his presence and, therefore, willing to do whatever his people tell them to do. They have their own constituencies and their own interests that exist entirely apart from Trump’s charisma.”
As I have written before “we” have elected the most ill-prepared person possible to be President of the United States. Bullshit and bluster got him here and I truly believe, bullshit and bluster will take him down. Let the Fox News spin begin!