June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day to all the daddies and daddy surrogates out there.

The purported Chinese saying "May you live in interesting times" is considered both a blessing and a curse. Certainly, it feels more curse-like now...although I may just be confusing that steady stream of swear words reflexively streaming from my mouth as I watch the Sunday shows.

It's a terribly odd thing to me that we seem to have come to a place of collective mutual agreement that the Donald Trump presidency will end in some spectacularly catastrophic fashion. I mean, literally everyone except those last desperate hangers-on: media, politicians, world leaders, and regular people alike, all seem to accept the question is no longer "if" but "when".

I'm not sure this is the best place for us to all reside. First and foremost, I don't believe that the line of succession to the presidency should offer any solace. Maybe we get the Demented Orange Tweeter out of the Oval Office, but will our circumstances be any better with President Pence or (god forbid) President Ryan? Not in the slightest. I'd argue it would be worse, because those two at least understand how government works. It's only the sheer ignorant incompetence that has protected us thus far.

Likewise, the problems don't go away with Trump perp-walked out of the Oval Office. We still have a Republican Party who will lie, cheat and steal in order to give the wealthy tax cuts. Trump is a symptom, not the disease. A really stupid, grossly incompetent, pathologically thin-skinned symptom, but a symptom nonetheless.

ABC's "This Week" - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Douglas Lute, former U.S. ambassador to NATO. Panel: Rick Klein; Kristen Soltis Anderson; Margie Omero; and Marc Lamont Hill.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Angus King, I-Maine; Jay Sekulow, a member of President Donald Trump's legal team. Panel: David Brooks; Danielle Pletka; Eugene Robinson; and Amy Walter.

CBS' "Face the Nation" -Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Rubio; Sekulow. Panel: Nancy Cordes; Jamelle Bouie; Ramesh Ponnuru; and Philip Rucker.

CNN's "State of the Union" - Sanders; Rubio; Sekulow. Panel: Bakari Sellers; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.; and Rep Charlie Dent, R-Pa.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Jill Abramson; David Blankenhorn; Edward Luce; Padraig O’Malley of the University of Massachusetts; Ruchir Sharma, author of “The Rise & Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World”; Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, former prime minister of Qatar.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Sen. Klobuchar; Steve Deace, CRTV host and Conservative Review columnist; Sally Kohn of The Daily Beast; Mo Ryan of Variety; Charlie Warzel of BuzzFeed News; filmmaker Oliver Stone of “The Putin Interviews."

"Fox News Sunday" - Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Rep. Rodney David, R-Ill.; Sekulow. Panel: Brit Hume; Juan Williams; Julie Pace; and Lisa Boothe.

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