OK, so I guess I have to say something about my earlier tweet about the president and #nuclear weapons. I do not mean that I think the president will use nuclear weapons while he’s in the middle of rage tweeting. (As always, this is my personal view.) /1
Rather, I think it is important to remind the Trump supporters, constantly, that they elected someone whose job includes more than just triggering the libs. If Hillary or Obama were talking this way, Trump fans would have argued for committing them involuntarily. /2
I especially want Trump voters and GOP congressman to keep in their minds — again, constantly — that this president, like any POTUS, could be placed under immense emotional stress in a crisis at some point that *might not be about him* and on which our survival might depend. /3
When that happens – and it is only a matter of time — I want Trump apologists to remember that they had no compunction about giving nuclear control to a man who rage-tweets at Maggie “Habberman” and nobodies like Sam Nunberg. /4
What happens in that perilous moment will depend on whether they stubbornly stick by him, or demand accountability from their elected representatives, especially in the GOP. In the meantime, they should find a little less humor in the president’s weird Twitter explosions. /5
Because always remember, while you and I are reading those tweets, so are our enemies. And they’re taking notes for the day the shit hits the fan. They will be prepared. I fear we will not be. /6x

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Sep 30, 2018
You know, every so often I have to listen to a lot of bellyaching about coastal elitism, and the notion that 50 million of us in the BOS-WAS corridor are disconnected from real America. Often, I'm told not to criticize small-town Murica by people who've never lived there. /1
Conversely, I'm told by people who've never been in a town that breaks five digits that the megalopolis I live in is some kind of weird exception. This is logic-defying at best. /2
I grew up in a small city, I've lived in three major cities, I've lived in a rural college area in boondock New England, and I live in a town of about 25,000 now. Enough with the "who's real America." Let's ask a different question. /3
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I'm not making the argument that committing a crime is right, I'm worried that high school will now be the disqualification for everything else later on. With that said, @Susan_Hennessey and others are making me think harder about the SCOTUS angle. /1
@Susan_Hennessey Because I'm also swayed by @asymmetricinfo's argument that this is why we seal juvenile records. (I totally reject any equivalence between one night at 17 and accusations against Clarence Thomas as an adult pattern, but that's a different argument.) /2
@Susan_Hennessey @asymmetricinfo But there's one aspect to all this that would bring me to the side of disqualification: if this happened as the accuser describes it, and BK has since lied about it or refused to accept it even privately, then it *does* say something about SCOTUS character. /3
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I think one reason people are focusing on the "65 women" letter is so that they don't have to dwell on the fact that this is a last-minute accusation about high school from someone who didn't want to go forward with it, and that there's no other evidence to go on. /1
This is now a second-order level of accusation, in effect saying "he knew it was true so he had all these women lined up for the moment it came out." That's some pretty 4D chess right there.

Better explanation: all nominees have a war room that coordinates stuff. /2
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This is now a "you're not agreeing with me enough in the way I want" arguments, and it's non-falsifiable. If the GOP majority works with a Dem president to get deficits down, they love deficits. If they run deficits, they love deficits. Well, okay. /1
My point is that under Trump they're no longer even *nominally* opposed to deficits, and that *is* new. Yes, I get it @JoshuaMound, politics is full of hypocrites who hate any spending but the spending they like. Duh. /2
@JoshuaMound But you give way too much credit to this as a clever strategy (yes, #eyeroll I saw the link) and not enough to the reality that there were Republicans who did care about deficits more than as a device. Not everything has always been about owning the libs. /2
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While I think the anonymous writer should resign and come forward, I think a lot of people are being way too casual about this. It's like telling generals and admirals to throw their stars on the President's desk (like, during Vietnam) and just walk out. It's not that easy. /1
If you really believe the president is nuts, and that whoever replaces you will be worse, you might well feel the need to send up a flare for help while deciding to stay in place, not least to protect others you work with or to stop things you think would be catastrophic. /2
The anonymous letter is not arguing that the president is making "wrong" decisions, it's that the President of the United States is completely off his rocker, can't really make decisions at all, and no one is willing to say so out loud. That's changes the context. /3
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Your Friday Tweetstorm (rebooted).
Trumpers are mounting a lot of desperate defenses of the week’s bad news, with lots of shouting at the Never Trumpers (because we don’t matter) and anxiety about who wil be left on “the day after."
This is because they know we’re right. /1
There’s no more question about “who will be proved right.” The Never Trumpers were right, and our worst fears are playing out right now. Yes, the GOP got its judges. And no, the economy hasn’t collapsed. (yet). The rest is happening as we speak. /2
By this I mean continuing attacks on our constitutional norms by the WH itself; a war on our IC and LE communities; the attempt to politicize the DoJ; even the shredding of the AG. (Karmic payback for Sessions, but wow.) /3
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