Once again, the unexpected. The alliance between Schumer & Pelosi and the Dreadnought Drumpfster to pass a DACA bill--of some kind--is a surprising and meaningful victory if it comes to pass. It supports the improbable but enormosly attractive concept of a center-left alliance. Relative to our current posture flat on our back at the bottom of the sea it looks quite OK. It is as temporary as Trump's moderate stance may be, which is bigly temporary.
What is a shining gem of hope and moderation shining in the far-off, translucent distance is, for Trump, a shiny object, or more precisely, a high-value poker chip he may play against the hand, the one of his opponent, way to the right. Still, the only way back to the surface is up, for the bottomed-out fleet of S&P and Our Captain, the Wherever Man.
As this lunatic kleptocracy twitters away its first and best-enabled session of Congress on all other topics, the fact that governance = Democratic governance does not seem to be emerging as it might.
In fact, this agreement seems to be limited to this particular arrangement: the form of re-authorization may be tied to an increase in the debt limit,. It is highly appropriate to separate the question of building a wall from the literal security of these peoples' lives. Just that makes the deal worthwhile for any reasoning Democrat or independent. However, once this may be done I am expecting the usual fiasco to resume.
The right will throw everything they have at this. Yet there will be a few Republicans who dare to vote for common sense. The vote may be close, needing a dozen or so of them to make 60 votes and close debate. McConnell will be happy because he gets to play referee, this time. Can't you just see him ref-ing a kids' basketball league with a vertical black-and-white top and a whistle?
I think I've gone far enough trying to empathize with the Republicans. I draw the line trying to imagine what's going on in Trump's head at this point; the change in his thinking probably has something creepy to do with Bannon leaving--what was he feeding him?
In the old days, a guy like Trump would have a royal taster to protect him a little. If it were anybody but Trump I would worry, but poisoning is probably one of the best ways out for all concerned. I meant poisoning Trump: I wasn't advocating it, just sayin. Who can he trust to taste for him now, Melania?
And Now...Back to Exuding the Wall
I really do recommend that--exuding the wall, building it out of the orange turds Donald and his sons produce everyday. A half-mile's worth of Wall a l'Orange, it would be a great monument to the Trump Presidency.
Merkel Goes for Third*
Angela Merkel is in position to win a third term in the German parliamentary elections in a couple of weeks. She appears to be in position to push back what seems to be a half-hearted run against her from the head of the Socialist party, Martin Schulz, the former head of the European Parliament. He was the only one from all the other parties with sufficient name recognition and stature to be a serious threat to her as a potential prime minister. So, I think it was more about whether the Germans opted for a change, and it looks from the polls as though she will prevail in a fractured electoral contest.
Merkel has been in a center-left coalition the last term with the Socialists; she will have a variety of choices and probably will be able to pick and choose among variegated alternative parties. Probably The Left and neo- Alternative for Germany are out, which may leave the Free Democrats, or even the Greens, as alternatives to Socialists, in the Trumpian sense I described above. But her situation is quite different from Trump's is, after this remarkable success for her. Hers would be the German equivalent of FDR's successful run for a third term in 1940 in its historic significance; in the complicated decision logic of third parties, being associated with her is probably more valuable, more attractive to their brands, than the inevitable co-optation as they lose their distinctiveness. Merkel's one of the major figures of this time, and underrated as such, comparable to Nikita Khrushchev in as a meaningful change leader, in her case both owning and symbolizing the achievement of demonstrating the successful reintegration of East Germany and bringing the country to the forefront economically.
*Seth Myers just described Trump lawyer Cobb, with his handlebar mustache, as "the starting pitcher in 1908". I am reminded of a Merkel from 1908, actually a Merkle, Fred Merkle, of "bonehead" fame. He was the unfortunate who failed to go for second after what should have been the winning run, causing the Giants eventually to lose the championship of baseball.