Pence is the favorite.
The next in line, shockingly, is Betsy DeVos. I doubt that one. The author is eloquent and methodical. DeVos is neither.
My guy (Hassett) is not on the chart.
I can’t say that I’m persuaded, but it’s a pretty strong case. It’s also interesting that Trump can’t fire Pence even if he wants to. He can fire Sessions, Rosenstein or Mueller, for example, although those decisions might have repercussions, but Pence does not work for him, and can’t be removed by any means other than impeachment.
Kevin Hassett (Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers) was a college professor, has a Ph.D., and like the author of the op-ed, worshiped John McCain. He is also, again like the author, a staunch free trade advocate. He’s also an experienced op-ed writer. Furthermore, he heard the word “lodestar” at McCain’s funeral (spoken by Kissinger).
As for motive? He could be mighty pissed off at Trump’s disrespect for McCain or his foolish tariff wars.
Hassett is also smart enough to use “lodestar” to shift suspicion on Pence, although I think he’s more likely to be writing in his own voice. (That would make “lodestar” a red herring, placed in somebody’s head by the McCain funeral.)
The Times made an introduction to the essay and specifically referred to the essayist as “he,” but the paper later, perhaps disingenuously, said that was a mistake.
Rumor is that Trump somehow discovered that Mattis is honest and competent – thus ruining his perfect record of selecting inept or corrupt cabinet members. That guy has to go!
“The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. I would know. I am one of them.”
That may or may not be true. I have no way of knowing, but I suspect it is not, because he followed up that denial with a flagrant lie, claiming that he “never used those terms on anyone.”
He got in trouble before he became President for using the very same language to describe the deaf actress Marlee Matlin, back in his Apprentice days.
And, almost needless to say, he has used the r-word on tape.
Although the President can name a new Veep to fill a vacancy (with majority approval of both houses of Congress), the President can’t remove the VP from office. To do so requires the same impeachment/conviction process as removing the President himself.
In fact, it’s actually easier to remove a President than a VP. Although either can be impeached, the President can also be removed through the 25th amendment, while there is no similar process covering the Veep.
“I was sweating bullets for a minute there when the president called me into his office for referring to him as ‘unhinged’ and ‘an idiot,’ but luckily when I told him Woodward invented the whole thing, that dumbass fell for it hook, line, and sinker.”
It’s The Onion. (But it’s probably the best serious take on the Woodward controversy! Since the truth has become satire, it’s only fitting that satire should become truth.)
“Dreaded Pirate Larry was somewhat worried, as he looked down at his boot, where his first mate was stretched out, making whooshing sounds, attempting to blow him over, that despite having the fastest ship, the most eye patches, and the prettiest parrots, his crew may need a few lessons on the difference between literal and figurative, as evidenced by the rest of the crew applying ice to the timbers.”
IN IDB/TIPP he dropped five points, from 41 to 36, in the past month. His support among Republicans dropped from 83% to 76%.
Two other new polls show almost identical results (36 and 37).
And hot. Did mention “hot”? This placed #6 among the Top Nude Scenes of 2014. This scene would have been #1 in most years, but 2014 was the most competitive year in the history of our polls. Scarlett Johansson walked around stark naked for several minutes and still could not win the poll, which went to La Daddario, for her incredible appearance in True Detective.
She played the evil Morgan le Fay. I kinda liked that series, but I think I was just about alone in that camp.
One of the best Belushi stories I have read occurred after his untimely death. Somebody placed a sign on his tombstone saying. “He could have given us a lot more laughter … but n-o-o-o-o-o-o …”
You know her name from several scenes in the earlier seasons of Game of Thrones. In fact, at the very end of the above Crowley .gif is a very brief cut-in from the very first episode of GoT.