Category Archives: Verbatim

Wait for the Three Ds when Trump Can’t Deliver

The new U.S. president will be operating on a very weak political foundation, is very unlikely to be able to deliver the results he has promised to key constituencies, and seems likely to take dangerous gambles in the international arena. This makes it probable that a cycle of growing disillusion, disappointment and disapproval will set in within a year.

Larry Summers

Journalism Facing a ‘Hellscape of Lies and Distorted Reality’

Journalists are in for the fight of their lives. And they are going to have to be better than ever before, just to do their jobs. They will need to work together, be prepared for legal persecution, toughen up for punishing attacks and figure out new ways to uncover and present the truth. Even so — if the past really is prologue — that may not be enough.

Margaret Sullivan

Graham ‘Apologizes’ to Cruz

I want to apologize to Ted for saying he should be killed on the Senate floor.

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by The Hill, in a joint interview with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Mexico Is Not Paying for the Wall

It is evident that we have some differences with the new government of the United States, like the topic of the wall, that Mexico of course will not pay.

— Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, reiterating “that Mexico would not pay for a border wall between it and the U.S., despite President-elect Donald Trump’s claims to the contrary earlier in the day,” Politico reports.

Grassley: Trump’s Immune to Blackmail

It seems to me that when you go back through the campaign and all the things that Trump said that ought to give him political problems and all the things that were caught on tape? — ?that he would probably just as soon not have the world know about it? –? it’s kind of improbable to me that anybody who knows anything about Trump? — ?that’s going to end up hurting Trump. And he was elected President of the United States.

— Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), telling WBZ in Boston that he’s not concerned that Russia may have information which could compromise President-elect Donald Trump.

Inauguration Planners Replacing Absent A-Listers with ‘Soft Sensuality’

What we’ve done instead of trying to surround him with what people consider A-listers is we are going to surround him with the soft sensuality of the place. It’s a much more poetic cadence than having a circus-like celebration that’s a coronation.

— Trump inauguration planner Tom Barrack, quoted by Politico.

Is Trump the New Nixon?

Trump is not just the most emotionally fragile president since Nixon: He’s literally planning to hang a framed letter from R.N. in the Oval Office. He modeled his RNC speech last summer off Nixon’s from 48 years earlier. Repudiating Reaganism, which won the Cold War, he’s embracing Nixon’s ‘madman theory’ of foreign policy. He’s consulting with the disgraced former president’s advisers. He’s stocking his West Wing with his protégés – including one whom he has decided to stand by despite egregious plagiarism that no other White House would tolerate.

— James Hohmann

Warren to Run for Re-Election

The people of Massachusetts didn’t send me to Washington to roll over and play dead while Donald Trump and his team of billionaires, bigots, and Wall Street bankers crush the working people of our Commonwealth and this country. This is no time to quit. … I don’t kid myself: the upcoming fights in the Senate – and our campaign in Massachusetts in 2018 – are likely to be uglier and nastier than anything we’ve ever imagined. I’m not taking anything for granted.

— Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced this morning that she is running for reelection in 2018, the Boston Globe reports.

Biden Chides Trump on Public Television

Grow up, Donald. Grow up. Time to be an adult. You’re president. You’ve got to do something. Show us what you have.

— Vice President Joe Biden, in an interview on PBS, criticizing Donald Trump’s attacks on the U.S. intelligence community and his grasp of health care policy.

Hey GOP — Trump Is Not Your Ally

The populist fury of the Trumpentariat isn’t reserved for liberals alone; more and more, it will be focused on Republicans who fail to toe the line when He issues his commands and diktats. The rage monster machine of Fox News, talk radio and Trump-centric social media needs something to feed on, and if House Republicans think Trump and his media allies won’t sacrifice them for their own satisfaction and ratings, they’re not paying attention.

Rick Wilson