SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, CORONA EDITION, March 22, 2020

Well,  here we are in confinement and I have to say it hasn’t been too bad yet. Of course we haven’t been lining up at WINCO like sheep.  The source of our groceries is at the end of this edition. The only good thing about the Corona crisis  is that it will mark the END of the Trump Presidency.  Have you  seen the press conferences? A lot of time spent praising Trump, then his bumbling fumbling reading of the day’s talking points,  then the REAL experts come in and politely rebuke everything SCUMP says.   Tape’ em to save time.  Very little  real info.  Meanwhile, I was left a message from HR Block canceling my tax appt.  No nice words.  no talk of rescheduling.  Sheesh!

“Donald Trump may not have been expecting this, but a lot of other people in the government were — they just couldn’t get him to do anything about it,” this official said. “The system was blinking red.”

That’s from the WAPO and HERE’s the whole thing. 

TWEET OF THE DAY: @Schwarzenegger: “Remember to thank the heroes who are serving so selflessly right now – from doctors & nurses to grocery store staff and delivery people. I play an action hero in the movies – they are the real action heroes.”

Staffers at NBC News are outraged (and a bit confused) after President Trump viciously attacked their network’s White House correspondent, Peter Alexander, at Friday’s coronavirus briefing. Alexander, if you didn’t see, asked Trump what he would say to Americans who are frightened amid the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of answering, Trump responded by rejecting the question (“nasty”), attacking Alexander (“terrible”), and assailing NBC News’ parent company Comcast (“Con-Cast”).

The verbal tirade — which Trump defended after Kaitlan Collins asked whether it was appropriate — did not go over well with people inside NBC News. “Outrageous,” one senior NBC News employee told me of Trump’s behavior. “Entirely unprompted. W.H. reporters should ask tough questions and Peter often does, BUT THAT WASN’T EVEN A TOUGH QUESTION.”

THE PRESIDENT explained why he’s calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus”: “It comes from China.” He repeatedly denied that the term was racist.

THE WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL has been canceled.

HELP YOURSELVES: — “Trump tells governors to seek out respirators and other vital equipment on their own,” via the NYTimes: “‘Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,’ Mr. Trump told the governors during the conference call, a recording of which was shared with The New York Times. ‘We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.'” RESPONSE from OC Dem Rep. @HarleyRouda: “Try getting it yourselves? Seriously? @realDonaldTrump had months to prepare adequate testing, hospital beds, and ventilators, and when we need leadership most he says figure it out? When this is all over I demand we use House Oversight to see how many lives could’ve been saved”

And if you’re looking for a place to buy groceries, I recommend Murphy’ s. Yes, they cost a few pennies more but the Cutten store on Friday was lightly populated and they had everything except the seafood counter was closed.

TRUMP AND FRIENDS IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

FROM POLITICO:.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m the governor of the state of California. … I take responsibility as an individual, as a citizen, as a father, parent, husband. … We all have to hold ourselves to some individual account.” — Gavin Newsom, asked about the president’s recent statement that “I don’t take responsibility at all” for the way the crisis has played out.

BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If you’re healthy, you and your family, it’s a great time to go out and go to a local restaurant, likely you can get in easy. … Don’t go to the grocery store and buy $4,000 worth of food …. Go to your local pub.” — GOP Rep. Devin Nunes tells Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that it’s great to dine out.   DON’T PAY ANY ATTENTION TO THIS DUMMY.  

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, March 15, 2020

IDES OF MARCH edition. Well, SCUMP had his first honest-to-God crisis this week and he wasn’t up to the task. He’s fired everyone in the White House who could have kept him on track, and the second-raters and sycophants who are left don’t know their jobs either. Before he concluded his read-from-the -teleprompter speech, his flunkies had to issue THREE corrections. Keystone cop stuff. The only thing he said with any conviction was “I don’t take any responsibility” for his administration’s screwups. That clip will be seen ad nauseum when the fall campaign begins in earnest. This is probably the end of Trump as a political figure. Will anyone miss him?

Now that no one’s eating out, it may be more difficult to come up with juicy details of dining among the great and near-great, but we’ll keep an eye out. This too shall pass. And here’s an update from the WAPO on the White House’s response to our national crisis. It won’t put you into a good mood. Read it HERE.

SCUMP and the Coronavirus

NYT’S PETER BAKER in Palm Beach, Fla.: “For Trump, Coronavirus Proves to Be an Enemy He Can’t Tweet Away”: “For a president who lives in the moment, rarely planning too far ahead, the coronavirus has proved to be a leadership challenge he was not prepared for either. The outbreak that has rattled the nation does not respond to Mr. Trump’s favorite instruments of power: It cannot be cowed by Twitter posts, it cannot be shot down by drones, it cannot be overcome by party solidarity, it cannot be overpowered by campaign rally chants.

“Mr. Trump, who is at his strongest politically when he has a human enemy to attack, has seemed less certain of how to take on an invisible killer. The role of calming natural leader is not one that has come easily as he struggles to find the balance between public reassurance and Panglossian dismissiveness. He has predicted that the virus will ‘miraculously’ disappear on its own with warmer weather, suggested a vaccine will be available soon and insisted anyone who wants to be tested can be — all overstated or inaccurate.

He has expressed an astonishing lack of knowledge while at the same time claiming to be a medical savant. He has treated the crisis as a partisan battle, wearing his red Keep America Great campaign cap to the C.D.C. and calling the governor presiding over the state with the highest death toll a ‘snake.’ He even admitted that he wanted to leave passengers stranded on a cruise ship rather than see statistics for the number of cases on American soil go up because it would look bad.” NYT