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Friday, August 11, 2017


As events of the past few weeks unfolded, several developments led me to speculate on who would be the logical victor of the upcoming 3 November 2020 presidential election.  But, first, about that year, all my life I've wanted to live at least until 2020, and I think I'll make it.  Only 2 years, 4 months and 21 days to go.  I've now been alive for 76 years, 11 months and 5 days.

Way back in 1972 I joined a group of faculty members from Hawaii and California on a summer public education program sponsored by NASA.  I was the one who came up with the title and theme:  Earth 2020--Visions for Our Children's Children, although the vision part was more from the wife of Hans Mark, then director of the Ames Research Center.

Indubitably, 2020 is destined to be a great year, for, also, Dubai hosts the World Expo and Tokyo the Summer Olympics.  

But getting back to today, Maureen O'Dowd recently had an op-ed weaving Donald Trump and Robert Mueller III into Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment.  Said she, both Trump and Rodion Raskolnikov are naifs who arrive and think they have the right to transgress. Both are endlessly fascinating psychological studies: self-regarding, with Napoleon-style grandiosity, and self-incriminating. Both are consumed with chaotic, feverish thoughts as they are pursued by a relentless, suspicious lawman.

Further, regarding Trump and Mueller (that's Dowd to the right):
  • septuagenarians (Mueller is almost two years older)
  • from wealthy New York families
  • attended Ivy League schools
But differ in that one, only:
  • directed the FBI for twelve years
  • is America's straightest arrow
  • disdains self promotion
  • avoids the press
  • married his sweetheart from high school
  • is a decorated Vietnam marine
  • counts patience, humility and honesty as the virtues he lives by
  • says "you're only as good as your word"
  • is a registered Republican--the Donald is only remotely so
Mueller's legal dream team:
  • destroyed the New York mafia
  • brought down Richard Nixon
  • tackled Enron
  • shows strong expertise in money laundering, foreign bribery and witness-flipping
  • could add up to 100 attorneys/investors this year, about equivalent to the Watergate congressional committee and 9/11 commission
Yesterday, Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post, said:

Inciting supporters to equate a criminal investigation (and potential prosecution) with a usurpation of their democratic choice is the most chilling yet. What Trump decries as a witch hunt is an authorized investigation being conducted pursuant to Justice Department rules, by an experienced prosecutor, selected for this job by another experienced prosecutor, who was nominated by Trump himself. That Trump and his allies are scheming to undermine Mueller’s legitimacy underscores that their sole goal is retaining power, the law be damned.

This morning, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times articulated to Democrats:

But to be heard, they need candidates who can pass a gut check with the more moderate Trump/G.O.P. voters. Just 10 percent of Trump voters would suffice. Trump’s core base is solid, but he’s clearly losing the soft support around his core. Democrats can grow into the soft support — as long as they’re smart and Trump continues to just swell.

Said O'Dowd, so while Trump is a flamboyant flimflam man, Mueller is a buttoned-down buttoned-up boy scout.  If things get seriously bad, realistically, the President can still actually fire Mueller.  Those two pieces of legislation introduced in Congress are not enough to prevent this from happening.  While this intrigue will continue, the parallel matter of who will prevail in the 3 November 2020 election will be my subject tomorrow.

Oh, how swiftly I act, for here is my glassware set at a stew breakfast this morning:

Scroll down through the next posting to view my breakfast and snack yesterday.  Tonight?  I'm thinking, maybe, Japanese wagyu beef.  Clearly, I will then need to shift to a Riedel Connoisseur Bordeaux Crystal for a highly evolved Meritage.


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