Trumpster Diving

* “Is Trump Still Sane?” That was the headline recently in the German conservative newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Yes, others notice and also worry.

* That was then, this is now. “Character is the most important qualification the president of the United States can have.” That was, ironically, Richard Nixon before he, let alone his most recent successor, became president.

* One of the terms being bandied about by more than pundits is “suicide” when it comes to the prospect of Donald Trump agreeing to a special counsel’s Q&A under oath. Trump will either lie or incriminatingly confirm–as only he can when he isn’t totally scripted–what has already been confirmed from previous witness testimonies.

* Signage of the times: “Resist, Insist, Persist–and Vote.” That was prominent at more than one women’s march around the country.

* Too bad immigration has to be such a pandering, politically polarizing zero-sum exercise. There’s nothing inherently wrong or xenophobic, for example, with better vetting or merit-based immigration. Ask Canada. But a DACA-Wall tradeoff should be seen for the sham that it is. And who’s paying for that again? Or was that “fake news“?

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