While I think its more important to resist Trump and the Republicans on their policy positions, it is becoming clearer and clearer day by day that Trump and the people he surrounds himself with are simply incompetent.
I'm trying to maintain a regular posting schedule, but every day for the last three weeks just brings multiple opportunities, and I simply cannot choose as the Trump administration lurches from one controversy to the next. This ship of fools simply has no idea how government works, how diplomacy works, or how the Constitution works. Its a smorgasbord of incompetence, vanity, and stupidity. I can only hope that Trump gets frustrated or bored and resigns before he gets us all killed. From a domestic policy standpoint, Pence is no better, and perhaps worse, but I don't think he'll get us all killed.
CNN reported that Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado was already in Washington and that Judge Thomas Hardiman was on his way from Pittsburgh. There was no comment from the White House about why both men were needed in the capital, but social media exploded with satirical comparisons to Mr. Trump’s television show “The Apprentice,” as well as “The Bachelor.”
Judge Gorsuch, 49, and Judge Hardiman, 51, have emerged as Mr. Trump’s most likely choices. A third person on the shortlist — Judge William Pryor of Alabama — has seen his chances diminish as some Republican Senate leaders have said his confirmation would be a difficult.
Hardiman, IMHO may have a better chance, as he's married to a member of a prominent western Pennsylvanian Democratic family (full disclosure, his wife was in my HS class, and we graduated together) but as the article notes, any nominee is going to face a rough road given the history of what the Republicans did with Merrick Garland. Hardiman has his problems, he wrote a controversial strip-search opinion. However, his ties through marriage to a well-known Democratic family might be mollifying.
In my job, I do a lot of feather-smoothing, it just goes with the territory. There are diplomatic ways of doing things, and ways of acknowledging disappointment without looking like a raving loon. For example, this is what Trump, Spicer, and Company should have said: "Sure, we're disappointed with the turnout, but it was rainy day, and that had a depressing effect on turnout." and MOVE ON. Instead, they're getting into arguments with people who buy ink by the barrel.
I'm afraid that when they have to deal with a real crisis, this bunch will fail spectacularly and with tragic consequences. I hope I'm wrong about that.