Small Ball

Trump Plays Small Ball While #COVID19 Ravages the World and his Enablers Get Rich


The covfefevirus has shone a great big glaring spotlight through the an incredibly magnifying magnifying glass on all the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s mental health issues. Of course, we all knew he’s a malignant narcissist, and all of his malignance and narcissism is on full display, but it also shows that his narcissism and executive dysfunction cause him to play small ball. He can only focus on the immediate and near. He has no vision, no plan long-range or short, no guiding principles, convictions, ethics, creeds, dogmas, or any other abiding beliefs. He is an empty vessel completely devoid of any meaning. So, he focuses on the immediate. In short, he plays small ball.

It is what makes him seem so small when he’s holding his daily distractions and airing of grievances sessions — he’d be hell at Festivus, wouldn’t he? It’s why he’s so thin-skinned and has to react to every perceived slight and insult. It’s why he adoringly describes himself as a counter-puncher. He can only react. He can only go small. He can only play small ball.

Instinct for Chaos and Destruction

To cover his shortcomings — get it? small ball, SHORTcomings? Man, I crack myself up sometimes — he has developed a penchant for confusion and chaos, but it is more reflex than it is strategy; habit rather than system. He’s put so much bullshit into the public sphere that we no longer can be sure of what is true and not true. It is one part plan and one part happenstance. He just does it.

It seems small because it is small.

The best most recent example are his now infamous liberate tweets.

I can guarantee that he spent zero amount of time thinking about the meaning or possible consequences of his words. Someone had used the word liberate in that context, it sounded good to him, so he did it.

That people are out protesting and doing this kind a dumbass Rambo macho shit:

I can also guarantee that he is basking in his greatness since he caused the protests to happen. It is immensely pleasing to his souffle-like ego. He isn’t worried for the health of these people. He isn’t concerned about — he isn’t even capable of thinking of it — a spike in infections along about 1 May or deaths beginning at about 8 May. Those kinds of thoughts and concerns are beyond his capabilities. And because he is incapable of them, he denigrates those concerns as unimportant.

That these governors, his perceived opponents, are now dealing with these protests — it doesn’t seem to have done much — and the news media is covering them, is all that matters to him. It’s given him a moment’s reprieve from his phantom enemies and let him flex his muscle in one of the most meaningless ways possible

He’s small. He’s playing small ball.

Gaslighting

Gaslighting is a specific technique that narcissists use to keep people confused, off balance, and unsettled. It makes it easier to manipulate them, especially when used from a position of authority. This tweet from the chess great, Garry Kasparov really does summarize the gaslighting we’ve been subject to over the past few weeks.

Because thinking is hard and we’ve evolved to avoid it, when we get these contradictory messages it leaves us feeling distraught and confused. Even if you don’t actually explicitly connect them together, you still feel some anxiety and nagging confusion.

It also allows for his supporters to engage in a bit of confirmation bias and just focus on whichever statement whenever it suits. And, because he’s an authority — like it or not — they allow them to be treated as definitive truths by those who want to.

But, for the average barely aware independent voter, it causes division and doubt. It undermines trust in our government at a time when we need government to keep us safe. It also pits people against each other and keeps our partisan gridlock alive and well.

Luckily, the national WH press corps is doing a better job of calling the Ol’ Pussy Grabber and his minions on the dissembling disinformation campaign. Unfortunately, Fox News does not.

The Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s absolute need to be the big tough man making all the right decisions and commanding everyone but absolute inability to actually do anything that even remotely resembles leadership drives him to cheat to make up for his severe deficits in executive functioning.

The task of confronting the coronavirus is mammoth. It will take international coordination on the order of World War II. That is a role usually filled by the US, but with the Ol’ Pussy Grabber in the WH, we have shirked our responsibility as the world’s only superpower. It is clear that none of the pretenders to that designation can fill the role either.

The Useful Idiot

The Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s reliance on playing small ball and limiting himself to that which is happening in his immediate vicinity prevents us from using the enormous resources at our disposal. Worse, though, his need for constant praise, the intolerance for being wrong, the overinflated self-confidence and assurance in his own judgment and instinct makes him easily manipulable. He is the ultimate useful idiot.

While the Ol’ Pussy Grabber is playing with his liddle’ tweeter, his enablers are enriching themselves and the rest of us are suffering and dying. Worse, his enablers will be able to continue using his small ball to as a wrecking ball on our democracy and create their single-party pseudo-democratic authoritarian state.

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11 comments

  1. It boggles the mind ! it is like a surreal clown party….. and there are sooo many that are like him…well at least that folllow him…..” Stupid is as stupid does ” .

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  2. it is likely that his behavior is indication of some nerves getting in his way…..He has a habit of becoming a babbling idiot when he knows that the hounds are at his ankles . With any luck he will continue to dig his hole deeper and deeper into total babbling idiocy …….he is fucked and he knows it!!

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    1. Howdy Francese!
      Yep. You always know when Trump is in trouble because the stress causes his neurodegenerative disorder to flair up and his lying to escalate. He just falls straight into decompensating hell.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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  3. It is that small-ball thinking [an aside: small-ball — he plays golf, not basketball or soccer ] that causes him not to consider that those protesters he encourages to go out to gather in crowds and breathe all over each other in the time of COVID are his voters.

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    1. Howdy Bob!
      If 2020 is as tight and close as 2016, then no one has a voter to spare or take for granted. You need everyone turning out and that means healthy enough and a live. Dead voters don’t vote. I think that should be a meme or something in the time of #COVID19. Yeah, so putting your voters at risk is a foolish thing to do that no one who had an appreciation of the situation would do. If you’re doing it, you obviously can’t conceive of the danger. I’m just surprised that McConnell and Pence, who can conceive of the danger, are not doing more to stop it. But, then I guess once Priebus left it has just been more and more of letting Trump be Trump which means letting him destroy the lives of those around him.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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      1. Howdy Bob!
        Now that’s the question, isn’t it? When Trump first got into office there were fire works between Mitch and Trump. It think Mitch then figured it out: Keep Trump because (a) you need his base and there is no sense in fighting that fight if you don’t have to, and (b) Trump will do what you want him to — appoint radical judges as long as you look the other way on oversight — and corrupt the Executive branch into a totally partisan entity. For Mitch and the craven GOP, it is win-win.

        Trump mucks things up, but nothing Mitch and co are worried about. They want total corruption so that money flows to the 1% and they never risk losing another election. Trump delivers that in spades. Everything else he does — destroying alliances and withdrawing from our leadership role in the world — is fine because it doesn’t directly threaten the money flow to the 1%.

        Mitch worries about things that Trump doesn’t care about: keeping GOP officials elected and stacking the courts with radically incompetent judges that will do his bidding. As long as Mitch lets him line his pockets using government goods and services, he doesn’t care what Mitch does.

        And, they’ve both figured out how to make the #COVID19 pandemic work for them.

        See, they have a symbiotic copacetic relationship. They know their boundaries. They stay in their lanes.

        If they didn’t, Mitch would have Pence 25th amendment his ass right out the door.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      2. The question of how badly Trump would have to screw up (i.e., wreck the economy enough to damage the 1% painfully) for Mitch and Co. to use the 25th truly boggles the mind, and have the rest of us with no clue where our next meal would be.

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      3. Seriously, I think that is it. I think that Mitch thinks they can’t lose the Senate under any circumstances and will always have a better than even shot at the presidency. So, with a little help from voter suppression, gerrymandering, and the judiciary, they can control the election. That’s what Trump would have to screw up.

        I think Trump proves that we could get an orangutan elected president.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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