These are troubling times, dear readers, and I fear we are about to be deeply screwed.
Much like he is for his buddy Vladi Putin, the thing-who-will-be-president is proving to be a useful idiot for the far-right Republican wingnuts. With Steve Bannon in his ear, his Cabinet picks so far are a conservative's wet dream of inexperienced ideologues, loyalists, and patronage.
The horrifying nominees to date:
Unless a few Republican Senators grow a spine, all these backward-yearning nominees are assured of confirmation. In 2013, frustrated by years of Republican obstruction of all of Obama's nominations to the federal judiciary, Democratic leader Harry Reid went for the "nuclear option" and passed a new Senate rule to allow judges (non-SCOTUS) and Cabinet appointments to be confirmed with a simple majority instead of the previous three-fifths majority.
That was understandable and OK, but what goes around comes around, and now -- the Senate is 52 R - 48 D -- there's no way to stop these deplorables unless three or more Republican Senators find their long-lost conscience and vote against these abominations. (Chao is OK, but the rest are most definitely not.)
Any suggestions on how to cope with this madness, please let me know. Please.
Welcome to the Divided States of America.
Four Years of Fight!