McMaster for Bolton, Operation Distract Escalates

“The attribution of Guccifer 2.0 as an officer of Russia’s largest foreign intelligence agency brings the investigation closer to the Kremlin’s doorstep—and to Trump himself.” – Spencer Ackerman [The Daily Beast]

WE WERE fortunate to have General H.R. McMaster inside Crazyville for as long as he stayed. The final straw was former Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal sitting down with Anderson Cooper.

Something had to be done to distract.

It’s difficult to do, however, when a beautiful woman gets teary-eyed talking about how Donald J. Trump tried to pay her for sex.

There’s also the defamation case against Trump by a former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos. A judge has put the presidency in a difficult position, which has brought Marc Kasowitz back into the frame. He wants to derail justice because this particular lawsuit is for all the marbles in Oz.

It’s Trump time… A moment to discover whether a sitting president can be indicted. If ever a man is begging to be a test case it’s Donald Trump.

Not even the appointment of a neoconservative hawk with sloppy impulse control can stop the cable pageant of women standing up to Trump.

The corrosive nature of the litany of charges brought by women against Trump is destroying the advantage he had with white women in 2016.

No one can make the national security and intelligence community sit up and take notice more than John Bolton.

Back in the bad old days of the Bush 43’s presidency, I had my own dalliance with Mr. Bolton’s office, when he was U.N. ambassador, as some of you old-timers around here may remember. Bolton was besotted with fringe crank Pamela Geller. She was the only one to be allowed to interview him. It was back when I was a political trouble maker, which ended up in an amusing back and forth with Bolton’s office. We got traction… and it was worth the mischief-making.

There is no job more powerful than the national security adviser.

We were fortunate to dodge the Bolton bullet for over 14 months.

The political action committee founded by John R. Bolton, President Trump’s incoming national security adviser, was one of the earliest customers of Cambridge Analytica, which it hired specifically to develop psychological profiles of voters with data harvested from tens of millions of Facebook profiles, according to former Cambridge employees and company documents. [New York Times]

But does the exchange of McMaster for Bolton mean anything? It means that Trump’s worst impulses on foreign policy will be indulged. Iran Deal? Bolton wants it torched. North Korea? Bolton is chomping for a first strike.

Not to worry, Trump is a chickenhawk.

No one expected Bolton’s appointment when it happened but that’s because they weren’t paying attention to Karen McDougal’s scheduled interview, which freaked Trump out.

Wait until Sunday, when Stormy Daniels hits “60 Minutes.”

Democrats have a 10-point advantage when looking forward to the November elections.

Every time a woman who’s been silenced by Trump speaks out, Republicans lose more women voters.

They don’t have to vote for Democrats. All they have to do is stay home in November.

As Trump surrounds himself with Yes Men, the women he has wronged push to corner him.