Sept. 15 Open Thread: Fat Donnie Never Saw It Coming

Filed in National by on September 15, 2018

If you ever wondered why people hired Paul Manafort in the first place, now you know — he’s a terrific liar, much more convincing than Donald Trump. He proved it by whacking the Orange Bambino at the precise moment Trump thought Manafort was in his pocket, and that his deal with Mueller wouldn’t include cooperation in the Russia probe. Everyone thought he was playing for a pardon. As Josh Marshall testifies, it demonstrates Manafort’s talent for misinformation that so many people fell for it.

Another indicator of Manafort’s talents: One of his cutouts got a meeting with Obama and Biden to lobby for his clients in Ukraine.

Even before Friday’s revelations, polling showed rising approval of Mueller and his investigation. At long last even Trump’s base is beginning to erode, though it probably has more to do with his “dumb Southerner” comments about Jeff Sessions than Russia.

With primary season complete, several trends have emerged, and most of them are highly promising for Democrats. But they also showed the party’s establishment remained in the driver’s seat. (Fun factoid: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s victory over progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in New York on Thursday occurred eight years to the day after Christine O’Donnell won her GOP Senate primary over Mike Castle.)

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  1. jason330 says:

    I’m not convinced that insulting southerners is having an impact in Trump’s approval. True Cult 45 members regard EVERYTHING and ANYTHING negative that comes out about Trump as concocted by East Coast Media elites and the sore loser HRC campaign.

  2. jason330 says:

    Giuliani said he spoke to Trump on Friday about Manafort’s plea:

    “The president was OK with it,” he said. “In a way, it’s another indication there is no evidence of collusion. All of these charges predate the time Paul spent with the president. And there’s nothing in what he pleaded about collusion.”Giuliani said he spoke to Trump on Friday about Manafort’s plea.


  3. Rufus Y. Kneedog says:

    I find it vaguely humorous that Trump denigrated McCain who spent years resisting when faced with physical torture, and sang the praises of Manafort who is willing to sing like a canary to avoid a couple years at a country club jail.