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"He obviously saw that Trump had contempt for the Ukrainians. I think that had an impact"

I think Bolton is putting the chicken before the egg there. The whole reason Trump acted the way he did toward Ukraine is because he knew what Putin wanted. That started in 2016 already, probably under Manafort's influence, with the Trump campaign insisting on only one area of change in the Republican party platform--their statement of support for Ukraine. Even after Manafort was gone, there were likely multiple ways that message was still getting to Donny.

Good reminder.

It also can't be said enough times that the ONLY change the Trump campaign wanted in the 2016 Republican Party platform was to their position on Ukraine.

The Trump campaign went out of its way to dramatically alter the Republican Party’s official position on Ukraine—against the wishes of GOP hawks and despite senior Trump aide Paul Manafort’s insistence that they weren’t involved.

The move, first reported by The Washington Post, alienated Republicans who have made up the party’s foreign policy base for decades, and indicates that the Trump campaign has a particular interest in Ukraine, where Manafort had previously worked for a pro-Putin leader.

Manafort said on NBC’s Meet the Press this past weekend that the change in language on Ukraine “absolutely did not come from the Trump campaign.”

But this account is contradicted by four sources in the room, both for and against the language.


That's an excellent description.

I've been thinking of it as "adaptable to change" vs. "cannot tolerate change".

As soon as it became apparent that Covid was spread through the air and masks would help, I started wearing masks every day. Sewed my own at first and switched to N95s when they became available. I felt like that was a trivial change to make, considering how much protection it affords. The switch to curbside grocery pickup and only getting takeout from restaurants is not a problem either, although I do look forward to a time when that's no longer necessary.

It's stunned me how many people cannot stand the idea of doing any of that. They don't want to get vaccinated, they don't want to wear masks, they don't want to stop having parties or going out to eat or doing any of the things they used to do. They want life to go on as it was before Covid, without doing any of the things that will protect them from Covid. I guess the mountain of lies they believe is necessary to maintain their bubble of delusion. They simply cannot tolerate making the changes that would keep them healthy and alive.

I also wonder how much of it is introversion vs extroversion. I am strongly introverted, so giving up going to shows, movies and get-togethers with friends for a while is not a big deal for me. I guess it would feel like torture for someone who is strongly extroverted.

Sarah Palin used her kids as human shields when they were young.

Yes, as predicted, Philadelphia fans in the arena to see Sarah Palin drop the puck at a game between the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers booed her. "She was greeted by resounding (almost deafening) boos," Lynn Zinser writes at the New York Times' hockey blog.

From now on, you may refer to me as Carnac.

It really was hard to see this coming -- unless you've spent, oh, about five minutes in Philadelphia. Anyone who has set foot there should have known exactly what was going to happen. Philly sports fans booed Santa Claus. So why the McCain campaign thought this would go smoothly, I still don't know.

As you'll see in the video below, Palin did get a smattering of cheers. She had a plan to protect herself from the worst that Flyers fans could muster, and it looks like it may have worked, at least to an extent. At a fundraiser on Saturday afternoon, she explained, "I've been warned that Flyers fans, they get so enthused that they boo everybody at the drop of the puck. But what I thought I'd do is I'd put Piper in a Flyers jersey, bring her out with me. How dare they boo Piper!"


Soon to be joined by the Bisque separatists.

That's a great resource.

He kept them so he could read them over and over again.

Or get Ivanka to read them to him.


Republican enthusiasm for fascism is the only reason Trump is such a threat.

They could have shut him down at any time. They should have laughed him off the stage in the 2016 primary. But they have enthusiastically supported him every step of the way. Trump may be the current poster child of authoritarianism in the U.S., but it took a large production team to create the movement.
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