Durr Leader…

Last night North Korea successfully tested a powerful nuclear weapon.

…though some analysts were skeptical of the North’s claim, the early analysis indicated the device caused a blast that was roughly four times more powerful than anything the North has detonated before.

This resulted in the detonation of our own unstable device.

Taking Donald Trump’s admonitions to heart, the Republic of Korea launched an all-out early afternoon military assault on its neighbor. Tens of thousands have died in the first hours of the small world war, we’ll have details later. Meanwhile the President has done his part…

…by threatening to tank many of the world’s largest economies. China responded to American Leadership with a tweet of a three-legged Pomeranian rolling its eyes. Stay tuned to Action News! We’ll have more as the situation develops – and remember, you can always check for the latest updates on our app…

Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Bummer

Interpreting the words of Donald Trump has become a game. A way to pass the time and perhaps amuse oneself as the Summer days pass by and his administration continues to struggle.

We’re pretty much forced to do it. We can’t help but listen to whatever the president says. Then we try to guess what will happen next. Is Donald really being serious or not? Will the administration try this crazy thing, maybe? Could it actually happen?

This would be second guessing. It’s an understandable tic. Because the odds of Donald Trump delivering on anything he’s so far promised are not very good. The candidate made more assurances on the campaign trail than any other politician in modern memory. As president, meanwhile, he’s accomplished less in his first 100 days, or in his first six months, than any other in history.

Here are the highlights of his year one: There’s no big beautiful wall. There’s no Trumpcare to replace Obamacare. There’s no Musselman ban, travel wise or other, to protect us from the horde. And the tax code overhaul? The massive cuts for the rich, part of a promised series for both wealthy individuals and corporations, were first defeated with the Trumpcare debacle. The promised wholesale reform has no current outline, no calendar, and Congress neither knows any of its details nor expects to know any soon.

And why is that? Because Donald Trump doesn’t know anything about anything, really. Certainly not anything about the tax code. The nuts and bolts of first understanding difficult things and then later managing to get something done? That’s not Donald. Like his efforts on government healthcare and immigration law, he’s averse to what he calls ‘politics.’

Let’s not forget, there are plenty of money-types in New York who swear that the businessman doesn’t really know anything about ‘business’ either. He’s failed at far more ventures than he’s succeeded, everybody knows that. The truth about the President might not be much more than he was born rich, and he’s still rich, and so what?

Then, if that’s the case, what does Donald Trump do? I think the one thing we can all agree upon is that Trump talks. A lot.

President Donald Trump will spend the next several weeks leading a public campaign in support of a tax overhaul while the White House leaves Republican lawmakers to hash out details of the plan, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said in an interview with the Financial Times.

That’s the one thing he can do. Though he can’t explain to anyone what tax reform is, what it looks like, or what the consequences of it could be, he can talk about how great it is. Gary Cohn:

“At the end of the day, tax legislation has to happen in Congress and the House,” Cohn said in the interview, which was published Friday. “The Ways and Means Committee will be drafting legislation and we will be on the road and holding meetings in Washington and elsewhere explaining why it is so important to have tax reform in America.”

Translation: We don’t know anything about this. All that stuff about ‘legislation’ has to do with Congress – not us. That’s what they do. We’re Team Trump, okay?

Cohn said he believes the legislation can be written and pass both houses of Congress by the end of the year.

“They have been holding hearings for years,” he said. “It’s not like they are just starting the process now.”

I’m sure either McConnell or Ryan has a thousand-page bill burning a hole on his desk. If this sounds bizarre, that’s because it is. The amount of work done by the Obama administration in drawing up and passing the Affordable Care Act, for example, was ridiculous. It took many months and hundreds of people to manage. And by the time it was passed the President himself had become a formidable expert on our health system, American insurance companies, and how to create a vital government program for the benefit of millions – a program, incidentally, that grows in popularity and esteem every day.

The Trump administration?

Trump will kick off the campaign next week with a visit to Missouri, according to an administration official familiar with the plans. His trip Wednesday to the state’s southwestern city of Springfield is expected to be the first of several stops around the country in the coming weeks, said the official, who asked not to be identified because the details were still under review.

Donald Trump et. al. will hold some campaign rallies. Where, between bashing in the heads of everyone Donald hates, which is now an even longer list – he’s our president now – Trump will tell his throngs that America…Needs A Tax Cut. And there you go, that’s it. That will be the entire Trump administration effort at reforming the leviathan U.S. tax code. The Leader will go out amongst his many assembled fans and he’ll…talk.

If this seems stupid, that’s because it is. For a president to promise his voters, and America in general, successes over virtually every difficult problem the country faces? But then never lift a finger to accomplish any of it himself? It’s supremely lazy. And arrogant, too. More than that, there’s something deeply troubling about it; it’s suicidal.

A president would have to have a strange and supreme belief in both Congress’ power and loyalty to try this. Leaving your goals wholly in the hands of other people is always a bad strategy. And in the absence of overwhelming evidence, it’s risky to assume they can even manage to get it done.

The GOP may have majorities in both house, but that guarantees nothing. The first two years of Obama’s tenure he had majorities too, and the GOP obstructed every thing he did, usually to great success. Nonetheless Trump has decided this will be the best way to run his administration – have it step back and demand that Congress do all the work.

Which is a bit startling, don’t you think? No previous president has demanded so much of and offered so little to Congress. Though they’re the people who will make or break his presidency, what is Trump giving them? What should they be looking forward to? What are they going to get in return?

Other than grief?

With every unlikely win, they’ll only see him take the credit. With every predictable loss, they’ll only see themselves become targets of his disappointment. He’s created a lose/lose dynamic and forced it upon our national politics. It’s a recipe for dysfunction.

It’s also unlike anything we’ve seen before. It was once easy to assume that the Trump administration would ultimately fail because of its corruption, because that’s the way other administrations failed. Richard Nixon, another dark presence, was driven from office by his penchant for lawbreaking and lying.

But he understood government. He knew how Congress worked, and who those people were. Nixon knew what they ultimately wanted, and so he used that to his ends, which is a big reason why he lasted as long as he did.

Trump is totally clueless about such things. He’s actually proud of his stupidity – he thinks it’s a great achievement on his part to know nothing of politics and to refuse to learn. It’s an extraordinary development in the history of the presidency, I think.

Ultimately it’s dangerous. Narcissist or otherwise, anyone who believes Congress’ proper role is to be subservient to the president of the United States will ultimately fail. People like McConnell and Ryan, pretty fair narcissists themselves, won’t long tolerate a lazy asshole Twitter-shaming them for failing to do his own work. President Trump risks becoming a barely relevant fact, like a Capitol monument. He could soon find himself relegated to being a fixture on the scene.

Undaunted, Donald has already started the war.

…President Trump trotted out the usual enemies, the malefactors in the “very dishonest media” and the “anarchists” of the left to whom that very same media had paid too little attention. But this time he gave equal billing to his fellow Republicans in Congress — the people he will surely need if he hopes to deliver on infrastructure or anything else of value to the working-class Americans who elected him.

Among these were Arizona’s two senators — John McCain, who cast the decisive vote in the Senate to dash Mr. Trump’s effort to repeal Obamacare, and Jeff Flake…Mr. McCain was sarcastically referred to as “one vote.” As for Mr. Flake, “Nobody knows who the hell he is.”

This will be a disaster. As the legislative side of the government further fails, so will his polling numbers. Donald will counter by scheduling even more rallies to unleash his bitterness on the House and Senate, and the whole thing will auger in. The do-nothing president will become Congress’ biggest critic, and Congress will return the favor by sitting on its hands. Donald Trump’s presidency will paralyze itself in this manner, even before the likely indictments come in. He’ll probably be dead long before anybody in the Department of Justice can kill him.

Julian Assange is totally sane. Honestly.

Once again, as is typical now with all these damn eclipses, Big Shade is telling us we can’t look at the sky without their expensive and useless sunglasses. Oh how I have been worn down by their daily hectoring. If only there were someone with the courage to stand up to these fat-cat corporatists…

LOOK EVERYBODY IT’S JULIAN ASSANGE.

So I can stare at the eclipse? Cool! Thanks Julian! Also: living in an Ecuadorian embassy is totally awesome. Seriously!

Who? What, wait. WHERE ARE WE?

Dateline: Today. And perhaps, moving forward, forever.

As Donald Trump this week proclaimed his support for Fascism here at home – and, we presume, across the globe – his presidency begins to grow pale and rot before our very eyes. Like a mackerel in the desert sun. Because of that, notwithstanding the smell, the media world today benefited from a notable lack of fatmouth buffoonery on its televisions.

Not a single Trump administration official appeared on today’s Sunday shows to defend the president. I’m told the White House made no serious efforts to convince officials to go on, knowing the hosts of the shows would pressure the guests relentlessly on the president’s response to the racist carnage in Charlottesville.

Jesus wept.

The White House judged it was better to have nobody out there than risk providing fuel for another 24-hour negative news cycle on Charlottesville.

Would it be unkind of me to point out that though the White House may feel like it’s trapped, it has options? That there are still some things it could do? That hope is not entirely lost? I mean, Donald could just come out and apologize. Like: “Hello America. I just want to tell all of you that I screwed up. Seriously, my bad. I’m sorry. Okay?”

Oh ha ha ha. I keed.

“Noteworthy,” Vittert observed. “We, along with a number of other networks, have all tried to get somebody from the administration to come on today and to talk about this big staff shakeup. Nobody will.”

“No member of the Trump administration is out talking about it,” the Fox News host added.

Radio host Garland Nixon agreed that the Trump administration was “on radio silence right now.”

That’s not to say that every hamhanded pighead in this country kept his snout shut today. Because we have never been that lucky, folks.

Jerry Falwell Jr. on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s recent controversial remarks that “good” and “fine” people were marching with Nazis and white supremacists at a pro-Confederate rally in Charlottesville.

During an interview on ABC’s This Week, host Martha Raddatz asked Falwell, one of Trump’s top surrogates, to explain the president’s remarks.

“He has inside information that I don’t have,” Falwell opined. “I don’t know if there were historical purists there who were trying to preserve some statues. I don’t know. But he had information I didn’t have.”

Oh Yes. I am quite sure that tiger teams from both the CIA and National Security Administration fully briefed the President using mock ups, satellite photos and digital WHO THE FUCK IS FALWELL KIDDING? A half-done Sudoku would break Trump’s brain like a pretzel. The wind blows and Donnie starts looking around for that guy, the one with a stick. Why the hell would he know anything about whack white boys in Virginia? And WHAT THE HELL IS TO KNOW? They’re. Nazis. —–> ·

“What made you think he knew that?” Raddatz wondered.

“I think he saw videos of who was there. I think he was talking about what he had seen, information that he had that I don’t have,” Falwell insisted.

Oh Dear Morals Boy. Could you maybe shut the holy hell up? I mean, Jumping Lizard Lord on a pogo stick. No one’s buying the “Well he’s such a genius, maybe Trump has a hologram of Mother Teresa holding a flaming pike? Eleventy, anyone?” These are not po-mo quantum physics plenary symposia. THEY’RE NAZIS.

And while we’re at it, did I mention this part yet Jerry? Shut the fuck up? Seriously, take some good advice when it’s offered. If you really want to keep that sweet Jesus grift running past Arbor Day…

Former students at Liberty University are preparing to return their diplomas in a group protest of university president Jerry Falwell Jr.’s support for President Trump’s agenda.

In a group letter first reported by NPR, a small group of alumni is criticizing Falwell for supporting the president in the wake of Trump’s remarks blaming “many sides” for violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. The letter slams Falwell for defending Trump’s comments, specifically for his saying there were “very fine people” protesting on both sides.

Just how fucking stupid are you? You knew the sand was shifting under your feet. But you went out of your way today to be the only man in America willing to defend Donald Trump. God damn, dumbass.

One former student government president told NPR that Falwell was “complicit” in Trump’s support for “Nazis and white supremacists.”

“I’m sending my diploma back because the president of the United States is defending Nazis and white supremacists,” Chris Gaumer said. “And in defending the president’s comments, Jerry Falwell Jr. is making himself and, it seems to me, the university he represents, complicit.”

Right-wing Christians are so legendarily tolerant of resplendent evil that it took over a thousand years before a handful of them managed to say “Wait. CHILD MOLESTERS!?!” When you’ve a got a sizable group of these same folk willing to throw your chintz product back in your face, you’ve got a problem. Got that, Jerry? Like a whole host of other screwed-up Americans, if you really love Donald Trump that much…then YOU. Have a PROBLEM.

Banish-ed!

To a flummery, go, and quickly too. Farewell.

…Steve Bannon is thinking bigger than Breitbart.

Axios’ Jonathan Swan hears Bannon has told friends he sees a massive opening to the right of Fox News, raising the possibility that he’s going to start a network.

· Bannon’s friends are speculating about whether it will be a standalone TV network, or online streaming only.

· Before his death in May, Roger Ailes had sent word to Bannon that he wanted to start a channel together. Bannon loved the idea: He believes Fox is heading in a squishy, globalist direction as the Murdoch sons assume more power…

This is altogether predictable, wholly part and parcel of the Trump phenomenon. Bannon, Miller, et. al. have only been interested in creating a parallel universe that will rain proper glory upon them. And no one has ever thought of that before, right folks? Because let’s face it: they’ve been failures in this world their whole lives. Fifty years of bitter feelings and hot talk, what has it gotten them? A racist blog and fifteen minutes of the headline entry on memeorandum.

And right after they finally get up to the plate, only to stare at three fastballs down the pipe, what do they do? Say the same damn thing. ‘Watch me now, I’m really going to hit a Home Run.’

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over … I feel jacked up … Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. … I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There’s no doubt.”

Right, Fonzi. You too are finally free to chase your dreams.

…Lewandowski appears to have been pitching clients around the world by offering not only policy and political advice, but also face time with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and senior members of their administration, according to documents and interviews…

The previously unreported firm, Washington East West Political Strategies, was created by Lewandowski and fellow Trump campaign veteran Barry Bennett — as well as an Azerbaijani oil executive and an American political consultant who works extensively in Russia — to prospect for political business in Eastern Europe. And Lewandowski and Bennett have created different firms with other partners to prospect in the Middle East, Canada and Central America, Bennett said.

Amazing how these titans of white rebellion get defenestrated by Trump only to turn around and offer picture postcards of the jerk. Now that Stevie Wonder Bread’s hands are free, and firmly fixed on his weapons…

…Bannon declared he’s taking his West Wing infighting to the outside, telling Bloomberg Businessweek’s Josh Green that he’s “going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America.”

He’s rowing straight out to the Titanic. With a song in his heart, and a fiddle in his hands. These rugged Caucasians are quite remarkable, with their high I.Q. and everything. Winners every one of them. If only the rest of us were more like them.

But I shouldn’t be surprised by any of this [not. typing post.]. If anyone were fixed to bail on the glorious cause, at any moment, because that’s been the habit of his entire life…

Instead, Trump launched his presidential bid as a means of increasing the value of his brand, thereby extracting more favorable terms in his negotiations with NBC over the next season of The Apprentice. But the ploy backfired — while, paradoxically, working too well…

The story also seems consistent with Vanity Fair’s report that the candidate has been mulling the creation of his own conservative cable-news empire, once the campaign is through. The magazine wrote that “the presumptive Republican nominee is examining the opportunity presented by the ‘audience’ currently supporting him,” and had “discussed the possibility of launching a “mini-media conglomerate.”

…it’s our Glorious Leader, i.e. the man who started then destroyed Trump Steaks, Airlines, Magazine and Vodka.

There’s no question that Donald can be forced from office. There are a whole host of scenarios which would ultimately force his hand. We just need to figure out which ones these are. Then we need to be prepared to see even more of Donald Trump, not less. Because none of this has been about public service.

Steve Bannon, person anon yada-yada

See Roy here, see Charlie here.

I agree with the both of them, the firing of Steve Bannon won’t matter. He may be a big deal to the alt-right. But he was the umpteenth campaign manager in Trump’s mortal lock losing endeavor, until the postman tore a kennel of pitbulls new puckers, stem to stern. What he really has is a convenient name, and internet presence, and what passes for a face, for the media to posterize. And he has a certain political outlook familiar to certain activists we’re this week too familiar with.

But very little about Bannon that isn’t horrific is true. The idea that he wields the kind of power that could cause Trump any problems – Memeorandum: BANNON AND WAR, Steve-O sez IT’S ON!, To BREITBART, To Bannon! – is not much of a prospect. He reached out to media Tuesday to brag about his administration stature and hegemonic vision, then revealed Friday he’d been ousted long ago.

Much like you’re all too-serious uncle, who eternally knows better and can’t bother to educate you, the returning Breitbarter only holds power among people he can sway: Losers. The living at home. Psych invalids and blue collar hangers-on so overwrought they take bathroom breaks to avoid fistfights.

Meanwhile the numbers of hedging white people, male and female, who at the last minute voted against Hillary Clinton in November tower high over Bannon’s yearly visitor tallies. The numbers of people who never read blogs is probably 500:1 over the people who do. CBS and NBC don’t know if this is true and they don’t care – why would they? There’s no point in a serious vetting of Palpatine’s Darth Vader.

Nut-picking is a time honored practice here in the world of politics. Bannon was a classic nut-job, elevated by, and for the purposes of, the mainstream media to do what they’ve done for hundreds of years.

He was never a real player, politically. His greatest triumph amounted to getting otherwise moribund shut-ins finally to type the N-word in his comment sections. He promptly filtered out such prompted slurs because, with his eye on mainstream politics, you never really know. Sure enough the GOP rewarded him with being 2017’s bete noir for all of CNN, and all of us, and then ultimately Trump.

Goldberg plus Goldberg times Goldberg = GENIUS

Dateline: August 17th, 2017. I can barely believe my eyes. Was this…can it be? Did we just hit Peak Goldberg?

It’s possible.

Fighting Nazis is a good thing, but fighting Nazis doesn’t necessarily make you or your cause good. By my lights this is simply an obvious fact.

The greatest Nazi-killer of the 20th century was Josef Stalin…

Wow didja know that? I’m so surprised to find this out I just may have to….*braaaap*.

Nazism was evil. Soviet Communism was evil. It’s fine to believe that Nazism was more evil than Communism. That doesn’t make Communism good.

Yet confusion on this point poisoned politics in America and abroad for generations.

I am sorry, reader, but I cannot parody this. It is Too Jonah. I’ll only say I appreciate a misperception this dangerous and widely disseminated being so easily corralled by a Pantload.

There’s a natural tendency to think that when people, or movements, hate each other, it must be because they’re opposites. This assumption overlooks the fact that many — indeed, most — of the great conflicts and hatreds in human history are derived from what Sigmund Freud called the “narcissism of minor differences.”

Sure there’s Donald’s fascist/antifa equivocation, which was appalling and received with an enthusiasm likely to shorten the shelf life of his presidency. But then there’s the intellectual argument, freshly made by Jonah, which is altogether the same-different! Admit it – you just don’t get it *farrt*!


ADD: On second reading I believe I may have shortchanged Jonah’s nuanced argument. Let me see if I can re-phrase it.

SHORTER JONAH GOLDBERG: Yes, there’s a difference between Nazis and anti-Nazis. But the difference is so small I get to call them all narcissists.

How’s that Dopey-Klanny goin’ fer ya, Trumpers?

Just how awful does Donald have to become before the Trumpers give a damn?

Best regards to the injured! At the time of this Tweet (ugh), there were already three dead – salutations! One was run over by a car. Give her my best! Where is Trump right now, anyway? Playing golf, I assume. Best regards monster!

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said during a short statement from his private golf club in New Jersey.

Sad, isn’t it? Angry hippies hating on the bumpers and tires of that poor car. Can’t we all get under it? Can’t we just this once, together?

“It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time.”

If I were Barack Obama [disclosure: not] I would be completely out of my mind. This racist jackoff just spit out my good name? To cover his stupid klan ass? Oh, FUCK no.

And what the hell, much gibberish? “IT” has been going on? You mean People Telling Nazis to Fuck Off – IT – has been going on a long time? In our country? Really, David McCullough? Any other observations you’d care to share with us? Maybe you wanna throw in with one of the two sides? Or is that too much to ask a sharpie-businessman?

There has never been a worse president in a crisis. Hell, there’s never been a worse president in ANY situation.

Profiles in HIS-tory – Dateline. December 8th 1941…

Okay, everybody, alright. I heard all about it, the Pearl Harbor, okay? And this sort of thing – the Japanese dropping their bombs, and the people below, breaking them with their buildings, and faces – this has been going on a long time, okay? This display of hatred and bigotry on both sides – both sides – has NO place here, in America.

No matter how you look at it, it’s shocking. He really has no idea that one ‘side’ is wrong. Absolutely no clue.


ADD: Oh look. The President has a new Tweet. Rather, he has just Re-Tweeted…Axios?! Really.

Oh fuck me.

DAMN YOUR EYES

Now that at least one grand jury has been impaneled by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, the wingnuts are becoming hysterical. More than usual. Now that there are actual Americans sitting in formal judgment of Donald Trump’s bizarre and extra-legal behavior, not to mention ‘business’ machinations, the poop has gotten real.

President Trump defenders have officially found a new narrative to delegitimize Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russia’s election interference. Newt Gingrich denounced Washington, D.C. as the location of Mueller’s grand jury Sunday, suggesting it would be biased due to Trump’s poor electoral turnout in the city.

Do your worst, Newt.

Talk about political hegemony. Justice is a motif, apparently. The alleged crimes occurred in Washington D.C. – but so what? The legal issue that really matters is this one: Did they vote for him? Reason number bajillion why liberals are corrupt. Trump can’t be left to the haters, he should be tried by a jury of his peers – billionaires and golf pals please, preferably from Texas. If not, we’ll accept his children (…not Meg Griffin Tiffany, cuz yecch).

Dershowitz, who has become an ardent Trump defender the past six months, argued on WABC Radio that Washington’s Democratic tilt would be unfavorable to Trump and his administration.

“It gives the prosecutor the power to indict in the District of Columbia, which is a district that is heavily Democratic, and would have a jury pool very unfavorable to Trump and the Trump administration,” Dershowitz said on the radio. “So it gives the prosecutor a tremendous tactical advantage.”

The fanbois can’t pull their heads out the elephant’s ass. The whole world isn’t American politics, okay? Unlike Dershowitz, I don’t necessarily want to send somebody to jail just because I voted against him for city council.

Some folks won’t even bother to pretend Mueller is a fakakta fawn/foal rapist.

WOULD YOU EVEN CARE IF HE WAS GUILTY?

The stock market is up, unemployment is down and the economy seems to be picking up some steam. The streets are mostly safe, the nation is mostly secure and the world is mostly at peace.

So does it matter to you whether or not the president is a crook?

…this is from Fox News. Go ahead, guess the answer. I dares ya.

The answer for a lot of Americans may be no…

Oookay. And when the bailiff carts him away, you’ll be doing…what? Scratching your ass?

As we hear Trump devotees wail that colluding with a hostile foreign power isn’t a crime or cavil that Mueller & Co. might find other crimes unrelated to Russian disruption, what we are really hearing is their acceptance of wrongdoing. This is the big: “So what?”

The underlying argument is that [Clinton] probably did something even worse, so if he lied, cheated and maybe even stole the election. For after all, he would have been only beating Democrats at their own game.

Oh I get it, we’re reminiscing. LOCK HER UP! LOCK HER UP! Well I certainly feel better, how about you? Apparently corruption is now a competitive sport. I doubt Trump will be impeached any time soon, at least not until someone marks a finish line.

Let’s mull this for a bit:

A poll found that 52% of people who identify as or lean Republican said they would support postponing the 2020 election to ensure that only eligible citizens could vote if it was proposed by President Trump.

We’ve gone from ‘…voter what?’ to ‘Voter Fraud!’ to ‘THE FOUNDERZ SUCK!!1!’ Talk about your rock-candy-ribbed patriots.

The survey, conducted by two academics and published in the Washington Post on Thursday, interviewed a sample of 1,325 Americans from June 5-20 and focused on the 650 people who said they were or leaned toward the GOP…

Trump formed the voter integrity commission after saying, without evidence, that up to 3 million to 5 million people voted fraudulently in the 2016 election.

This isn’t surprising to me, but then I remember the seventies. I am reminded of the Great White Dope, some forty-odd years ago:

On Sept. 26, 1973, Buchanan, then a speech writer for Richard Nixon, appeared before the Senate Watergate committee. As far as he was concerned, the committee was on trial. “The mandate that the American people gave to this president and his administration,” said Buchanan, “cannot and will not be frustrated or repealed or overthrown as a consequence of the incumbent tragedy.”