So Trump – with the full support of the GOP – has managed one of the biggest transfers of wealth upwards in the history of the U.S. Josh Marshall, properly dumbfounded, provides the transcript of Vice-Pence’s celebratory apotheosis of President Moron at what has been described as an unbelievably creepy cabinet meeting today. Here’s an astounding fragment:
But mostly, Mr. President, I’ll end where I began and just tell you, I want to thank you, Mr. President. I want to thank you for speaking on behalf of and fighting every day for the forgotten men and women of America. Because of your determination, because of your leadership, the forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no more. And we are making America great again.
Forgotten men and women? Billionaires, maybe? Because if they’re talking about working people and this regressive tax travesty is way they’re remembered, forget about being forgotten, they should go into hiding:
But, friends, we’re going to hear lots of this kind of talk in the coming months. Republicans have such contempt for voters that they’re sure a big publicity blitz will suffice to undo any damage come elections in 2018 – especially if it’s mostly paid for by the big “donors” who pushed this dismal piece of legislation. The Washington Post describes the GOP strategy:
Brad Todd, a Republican ad-maker who will be involved in some of next year’s marquee contests, said outside groups need to spend real money to sell the bill as soon as possible. “In order for the benefit to not come too late in the election cycle, it’s pretty important for conservative and Republican groups to make the sale now…
Yeah. Before the elections, sure, and before folks figure out that we’re all Kansas now (and that’s not a good thing, economy-wise). With a fail like this bill, there’ll be lots of dots to connect – and the GOP is betting voters will be too dumb to make the connections – at least before they cement power for another two years.
A note to my fellow Missourians: notice which Missouri Senator, part of the GOP leadership group that rushed the tax scam through, is showing up in photos and videos of the victorious Republican leadership after passage of the tax sham. Hint: He’s grinning like a monkey who’s just showered the room with big handfuls of fecal matter. Oh wait, he has.