DRIP. DRIP. DRIP.

Today they are talking about taking down Sessions who in my opinion is one of the worst of the garbage in the cabinet. And, considering that Kushner was at the same meeting with Sergey Kislyak, he is likely going to be part of the same “gone” crowd. Sessions recused himself from further involvement in the ongoing discourse. This is the discussion (in case you are confused since there are so many) about how many of Scrotus’ batch of cronies were involved in “chatting” with Kislyak.

And, in case you aren’t clear who’s who in this mess, Sergey Kislyak is either Russia’s biggest spymaster, or maybe, just a really bad guy.

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This is about how much the Russians knew. How they knew it. And how much involvement did the Republican party have in the Russians knowing it. Was there actual collusion on the part of the president and his cohorts?

So it is rather Nixon-like. He didn’t have to spy on the Democratic party, but he did it anyway.

As to Scrotus, my guess is whatever he got from his Russian connections, he could have gotten the same results — without Russian involvement. That’s a guess. I’m sure we’ll all find out. Soon enough.

Nixon was elected by a wave of Americans who didn’t like the negative talk about Vietnam. He got in kind of like Scrotus. With a plurality in Congress and all that. But there was this thing hanging over him. The burglaries at Watergate. Nixon wasn’t half as bad as Scrotus, but he was bad enough. These days, he looks pretty good. That IS ironic.


Sessions was responding to a Washington Post report, published Wednesday night, in which Department of Justice officials confirmed that he had twice met the Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, during the campaign. Sessions also appears to have misled the Senate about his contacts. At a January 10th confirmation hearing before the Judiciary Committee, Senator Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat, asked Sessions what he would do, as Attorney General, “if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign.” Sessions, under oath, replied, “I’m not aware of any of those activities.” He added, “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians.”

The New Yorker, By , March 2, 2017


I don’t need to repeat the story. This is all over the map. If you haven’t heard about it, you really aren’t trying very hard, What I’m finding interesting — very interesting — is how much this is beginning to remind me of Richard Nixon.

This is how it went. Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip.

One down, one to go. Two down, another on the way. Three down, four down. Five down. Drip. Drip. Drip.

And finally, the president went down. His Vice-President had already gone down, replaced by a perfectly pleasant fellow who never really got much of an opportunity to do anything. Ultimately, the pall of Nixon lay over Washington like a layer of oil on a roadway. Traffic that hit the oily patch went spinning wildly off the road.

Drip. Drip. Drip.

We were watching NBC News and they were saying if the GOP does not deal with “the Russian issue,” it will take down this presidency. No one will get the opportunity to do anything — which would be fine with me. So, if you aren’t old enough to remember, this is how it went.


Nixon hated the press, but at least he didn’t go out of his way to make all of them hate him at the same time.

The taking down of Richard Nixon became a daily event. I bought myself a tiny radio which I listened to whenever I could. I came back from work and planted myself in front of the television. The story kept going. Drip. Drip.

Sergey Kislyak and Jeff Sessions - Photo: CNN

Sergey Kislyak and Jeff Sessions – Photo: CNN

Then whoosh, thunder, whack. There was nowhere left for Nixon to turn. He resigned. He wasn’t half as bad as this guy. He just taunted the press with “you can’t get me.”

Which is an incredibly stupid thing to say to our press corps. They aren’t in as good shape as they were back in the 1970s, but for all that, being press is what they do. What they are. Members of the press really live for exactly this kind of event. With all the terribleness of what’s happening, this is the blood of life to the press corps.

Drip. Drip. Drip.

25 thoughts on “DRIP. DRIP. DRIP.

    • Garry started HIS career midweek of the 1967 Israeli war against everybody. So you got Watergate, he got an actual war. Cool beans. I can’t imagine whoever is doing journalism these days isn’t out of their minds with joy at having such a delicious subject to gnaw on. Even if they aren’t very good — yet — this has got to bring them up to speed. This is yummy stuff to anyone in the biz.

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      • I remember that June 1967 day very clearly. A novice in the ABC Newsroom. My mentor, Nick George growled “Kid, you ain’t seen nothing yet!!”

        Nick was right.

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    • True. Actually, they are ALL scum. Maybe not the one he got to replace the one he had to fire. Has he fired others? I know he fired one and another two or three (or four or five or six) said, “er, no thanks, but I have important business elsewhere,” so do they count too?

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      • The business of business is to make money. Most local business owners are honest hard working people. I don’t know any one percenters but my perspective is that to make millions and billions a person probably has a ruthless attitude and will destroy anyone who gets in their way. Our new “Prez” got votes from a lot of the midwest by telling them he wanted to make things better for them. I’m sure he lied.

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        • Oh, now local … that’s something else. The people in “the cabinet” are NOT local merchants. Not even close. We have no “main streeters” up there.

          As for honest CEOs of major corporations? A bit thin on the ground perhaps?

          Lied? Him? He doesn’t LIE. Because anything anyone says about him is FAKE.

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  1. The day Trump was inaugurated, I watched All the President’s Men again. I was glued to my TV back in the Watergate time, but I wasn’t paying much attention. I was newly out of college and unemployed and badly married. I was too preoccupied for anything to sink in.

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  2. I certainly hope you are prescient, or at least more prescient than me. I don’t have any certainty at all that the Republicans want to see Trump’s backside. They are in power now and will allow him to say and do whatever he pleases and stick their heads in the sand and refuse to talk to their constituents. But if Trump ever does reach his Waterloo, or Watergate, or what have you, then we get Pence? So tell me, if Nixon wasn’t as bad as Trump, was Agnew as bad as Pence?

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    • Some do, many don’t. What they are worried about is how much of an embarrassment he will be. If he stands in the way of legislation, they would be happy to take HIM down and pop the VP in place. I don’t think they really CARE who’s the prez, as long as they can take care of their own agendas.

      So — IF Trump’s bullshit over Russia gets in their way, they’d take him down in a flash. They don’t like him anyway. For the GOP in senate and congress, it’s not about who is president, only that he IS the president or someone just like him.

      The thing is, Pence is just as bad and in many ways, worse. He’s an evil bastard.

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    • Emilio, I like the word “prescient”. It’s elegant. Makes one sound smart. I think 45/Agent Orange is in a league of his own. Regards Watergate, Waterloo or Little Big Horn, maybe we’re better off dealing with the enemy we “know”.

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  3. I’m merely a curious bystander viewing from afar, but i see Trump as being a useful tool for the Rep’s: He gets draws all the flack and the blame – they get the power to do what they want. I think they will try to keep him as Pres for as long as possible then make sure he goes down when they no longer need a shield from attack. They may lose some support from the ones who will always think Trump was their true saviour but i don’t think they will lose much sleep over that.

    As for Sessions i cannot believe he can survive, saying what he said to the Senate when the DoJ have stated he was one of those he claimed to have no knowledge of – how self-unaware can one man be??

    Drip, drrriiipppp… drrrrrrrrrrrr…

    love.

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    • All these little drippings WILL have an effect. It will take time. I think Watergate took slightly more than two years, but the press is a grinding presence. They will keep at it and at it and at it. That’s how we do it. Slowly. One article at a time.

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      • While i agree, the times, as they said, are a-changing! Back in Watergate times the press/TV were the main source of people’s awareness of major issues which allowed people to gain information which then might have lead to protest and public demand for action which the politicians would (sometimes) listen to – or fight against. Nowadays that role of the press is becoming more and more widespread in the on-line community ( including ourselves of course). But with greater numbers does not come greater clarity – if anything the reverse. We become polarised because the information is not being as clearly and professionally disseminated, but is being put out their by many with personal biases (as opposed to the professional biases of major corporate media). Protest is no longer just about ‘us’ versus the government, but increasingly about ‘us’ vs ‘us’. I am learning more and more about how deception works and what i used to believe from watching people like DT (and Hillary/Barack) and my own country’s pollies/media. I owe them all a great deal for having increased my own self-understanding and awareness of the real world, however much i might despise them.

        love.

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        • I would usually agree with you, but I think maybe that’s changing. A lot of people are buying newspapers and magazines. Suddenly. After years of ignoring them. There are going to be a lot of surprises coming, some of which will turn out to be good ones.

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