I’ve been home sick with a nasty cold or flu thing that has been going around. It’s that cold-flu that leaves you anxious… or maybe it is just the times that we live in. Anywho, I went to bed last night at about 5:00 PM, was up from about midnight to 3:00 AM, and had to get up at 6:00 AM to call in sick and make work arrangements. I thought I might then sleep most of the day and night away, wake up tomorrow, and return to work with a skip on my lips and a song in my feet. But, I started watching Rachel Maddow’s interview with Bob Woodward on 11 September. Then I watched the other MSNBC late afternoon, evening, and night line up. I avoided Morning Joe and Chris Matthews because can you say bombastic assholes? I knew you could.
And, Bob, can I call him Bob? Bobby? Bobbie? Bu, never Bobbi, amirite? Bobert? Why do we have Robby, Rob, Robert, Bob, and Bobby, but no Bobert? Maybe when Jeff Sessions gets done looking into whatever make believe distraction crimes the Ol’ Pussy Grabber wants him to do, he can look into that. And Billiam! Sometimes those language inconsistencies get me so dern mad!
The Inability to Learn
But, Bobbie described a several interactions between the Ol’ Pussy Grabber and Secretary of Defense Mattis. The Ol’ Pussy Grabber was bitching once again about the expense of keeping troops all over world and his nagging feeling that the rest of the world is making a chump out of us, playing us for a fool, making a patsy, is using us as their bitch. And Mattis explains that we’re getting a tremendous bargain out of the deal.
But, the Ol’ Pussy Grabber is obtuse, so Mattis spells it out for him. We have troops over there, so we don’t ever have to fight over here. We have troops over there so that World War III doesn’t break out. It’s why we’ve had seventy years of peace.
It’s amazing how the exasperation, frustration, and restraint that Mattis experienced in that moment are so clearly communicated in his retelling. You can hear Mattis thinking: World War III would be really fucking expensive you fucking idjot!
They talk about his inability to learn. So, it`s not just that he just doesn’t automatically come into the job knowing why we got troops in South Korea, is that once he is told, he still doesn’t get it.
— Rachel Maddow interviewing Bob Woodward
My take away is that the Ol’ Pussy Grabber is so fixated on money and has such extreme executive dysfunction that he can’t imagine anything more than the dollar amounts Alex Jones and Sean Hannity are whispering into his ears at night. The Ol’ Pussy Grabber KNOWS, goddammit, that it is expensive and we — and by we, he means him — would have so much more money if we just stiffed those freeloading Europeans and South Koreans for the bills for keeping our troops over there, and if they bitch, we’ll sue ’em!
He is such a narcissist that he can’t see it as anything other than his money, and he don’t spend his money if he can help it. Spending is bad, taking is good. And, that’s all you need to know about that.
Rachel read a passage earlier in the week about the now infamous senior economics advisor Gary Cohn trying to explain to the Ol’ Pussy Grabber that the US can’t just print more money to pay down the deficit and debt. (a) Monetary policy doesn’t work like that. The decision about how much money to print is made by the Federal Reserve — obviously the Ol’ Pussy Grabber didn’t know that. He was probably disappointed the money printing presses weren’t kept in the basement of the White House and the mattresses weren’t stuffed with the $500.00, $1,000.00, $5,000.00, and $10,000.00 dollar bills when they were discontinued. And (b) he obviously thinks of all money as literally physical money that you find in your mother’s purse and are surprised that she can figure out that it went missing.
He doesn’t realize where the value of currency comes from much less how inflation and interest rates work. Those are just words. He has the best words rattling around in his best brain and he knows the solution to all problems financial or otherwise is more money! And what do you have if you run the money printers all night and day? MORE MONEY! Any idiot should be able to work that out.
But, it’s worse than that. The most telling example is one that Old Bobbie relates concerning the World Trade Organization. The Ol’ Pussy Grabber is convinced that it is a terrible organization and it is always screwing us — and not even in the terrible way that he screwed Stormy Daniels. The Ol’ Pussy Grabber was warned — it’s not a bad organization. He was given an explanation — we win 87.5% of our cases before the WTO. Nevertheless, he persisted.
When asked where he got his ideas from, the Ol’ Pussy Grabber said he’d had them for thirty years. He wouldn’t even seek out more information. There are more examples.
The problem with a narcissist is that they are over confident in what they think they know. They KNOW they are the smartest person. They KNOW they know the most. They KNOW they reason the best. They are way over confident in their abilities and knowledge. They’ll make decisions with little to no information and not be deterred. You’re seeing that here.
The Ol’ Pussy Grabber wanted to — and eventually did — pull out of the Iran Deal. His advisors kept telling him that they were in compliance and that it was a good deal. But, he kept insisting that they weren’t in compliance. Then he instructed them to find a reason they weren’t, so he could justify withdrawing from the deal.
He’s telling his staff to lie. He’s telling them to cheat. He’s got such extreme executive dysfunction and he’s so narcissistic that he can’t imagine anyone seeing through the concoction of thin bull shit that they are going to have smear over this as “justification.”
His ego is so fragile that he has to wear a thick thick mantle of insulation to prevent any challenges to his inflated caricature of self image as the world’s greatest negotiator with the best brain and the best words and the most stable genius. He can brook no challenge to this image.
In the hand-off between Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell, Rachel put it this way:
But it`s another thing to be unwilling or unable to engage with the implications of what you’re about to do because you`re so caught up in the idea of the excitement that you’re about to do something big. If you actually can`t weigh the consequence of that because you’re incapable of seeing that far down the road or incapable of absorbing that complexity, I mean, that`s the reason we don`t let dogs drive cars. You know what I mean?
That;s not right. The Ol’ Pussy Grabber is about as capable as my dog if she were untrainable and extremely hostile, but, all dogs are careful observers and really get to know you and your habits well. They live to mold your family into a pack with them as a secure member. They only want everyone to get along and be happy. That’s so far from the Ol’ Pussy Grabber. But, on the cognitive level, ability to reason, maybe.
Here’s the thing, the fragility of his ego and his extreme executive dysfunction make him very afraid. Afraid of being found out to be the fraud that he is. To compensate for that he has to surround himself with chaos, set up fights between those around him, and lash out at his enemies.
He will never be able to learn or change. Learning and changing involve risk. They involve making mistakes, owning up to those mistakes, and trying again. The narcissist has to be perfect the first time out. He cannot admit to mistakes. He will never be able to learn, adapt, or grow as he occupies a position that requires a helluva lot of learning, adapting, and growing.
In that sense, Omarosa was right. We should all be very afraid because that mo’fo’ will destroy us all in a heartbeat and without a second thought and without even realizing what he’s done while all his “supporters” cheer about owning the libs and drinking the tears of melted snowflakes in that second before the ultimate destruction snuffs out the more perfect union that was the only promise America ever had.