Because members of congress have to be so scripted in everything they say to protect their jobs,it is a rare and most enjoyable thing to see one unchained. That most often occurs when one is retiring, he can speak his mind without fear of having to please either party leaders, or his or her own constituents. They take shots because they know they can with no fear of retribution.
Which makes it even more enjoyable to watch a congressman or Senator go for the fences when he has no intention of retiring, daring the gods. And GOP Senator Mitt Romney of Utah is just such a man. When it comes to speaking his mind, especially against a pocket tyrant like Donald Trump, Romney hits the trifecta. First, he’s not in the 2020 cycle, so he doesn’t have the Trump anchor around his neck. Second, by the next time he does run, in 2024, Trump is a non factor, whether he’s reelected in 2020 or not. And third, Romney’s home state of Utah hates Trump’s ever loving guts, so he can get away with pretty much anything on that score.
And on questioning on the Senate HELP committee today questioning the Trump coronavirus task force mucky-mucks today, Romney came out with all guns blazing. Romney’s first task of the day was taking Trump’s show Admiral to the woodshed over his rosy statements regarding the US’s coronavirus testing vs South Korea. In the Rose garden yesterday, he gushed over the fact that the United States was now doing far more testing than South Korea.
Romney was having none of it. He told the admiral that his comparison wasn’t really a legitimate one, since the South Korans came out of the gate testing like bastard maniacs while Trump futzed around with fantasies of having 0 cases, and miracle cures. He went on to say that if you looked at the numbers, South Koreas testing numbers were going down, down, down, mainly because they had already tested almost their entire population, while outs were going up, up, up, because we were trying to get out from behind the 8 ball on testing. He then reminded the admiral that while the US has ore than 80,000 coronavirus deaths, the South Koreans only have a 258, which spoke volumes about the accuracy and efficacy of the two countries testing regimens.
Then Romney set his sights on Dr Fauci. Romney brought up the fact that Trump had directly held former President Barack Obama for the whole mess, for not having a vaccine all ready to go for the crisis. Romney asked Fauci whether either Obama or Trump were to blame for the lack of a vaccine, to which Fauci replied no. Since this was an unknown strain of virus, it would be impossible to have a vaccine for an unknown. And another bad tempered tweet bites the dust.
The very next Senator in the batters box, Alabama Democrat Doug Jones, picked up right where Romney had so graciously left off. He again brought up the comparison between the US and South Korea, reminding all and sundry that while the US has only 6 times the population of South Korea, they have 10 times the death rate, any head-to-head comparison is nothing to brag about.
Each, in their own rather pointed way of questioning the witnesses, brought out a valuable tool for the Democrats, including residential nominee Joe Biden, to use frequently going into the future. I have written a couple of articles now in which I opined about what a moron Trump is, because he keeps seeking to inflate his own ego and presidential persona by comparing himself to past presidents. Which totally begs a legitimate comparison which ends up making Trump look like an idiot and total failure.
But past presidents aren’t the only thing that Trump compares himself and his accomplishments to. And let’s face it, Trump doesn’t really get numbers, they’re too complicated. Trump’s idea of comparative accuracy is counting to make sure that there really are 12 pieces in the KFC bucket. And since Donald Trump is the man they were thinking of when they coined the phrase Keep It Simple Stupid, Trump’s staff is reduced to looking for any kind of number that paints Trump in a positive light, and giving as little background explanation as possible.
As Romney and Jones both pointed out today, Trump has, and will continue to make simplistic comparisons of base line numbers, with no actual knowledge of what’s actually being compared. Which makes the comparisons invalid. Let him continue to spout off this nonsense, but don’t just say he’s full of shit, take the 10 minutes to do the math, and show in simple terms just why he’s full of shit. Trump is on the ropes, and the more the Democrats respond to each wild haymaker with a 1-2 combo to the gut, the wobblier he’s going to get. I mean, just look at the dude, Rocky Balboa he ain’t.
To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen
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