Joseph Raymond McCarthy was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957. Wikipedia
McCarthy was a bomb-thrower—and, in a sense, that is all he was. He would make an outrageous charge, almost always with little or no evidentiary basis, and then he would surf the aftershocks. When these subsided, he threw another bomb. — Louis Menand
You can rape their daughters, but you mustn’t break their windows. — remembered from a Paul Krassner lecture circa 1965
McCarthy made a career by attacking people and government agencies, first the State Department and later the U.S. Army. Some say the attack on the Army was his downfall, others that people and colleagues simply tired of his bombast and lies. Either way, his influence declined.
President Trump has made a career of attacking people and government agencies, the intelligence agencies, the State Department, The Defense Department and others. For years he got away with that and much more. Surprisingly, outrage was muted, but not when he attacked the P.O. Who would have guessed that the Postal Service might be his Waterloo? Or perhaps, as with McCarthy, people and colleagues have simply had enough of him.
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Trump has had a lifetime of poor decisions which would have ruined most people. He has managed in each instance to fail (as his niece Mary Trump so aptly phrased it) up.
In 3 1/2 years of being our President, he has made many, many decisions that would have resulted in his impeachment in normal times. Yet he skates on with impunity, emboldened further.
Given his life history, and his history as president, the deep bench he enjoys in the U.S, Senate, and the support of boot licking sycophants like Tom Reed, I see no logical reason to anticipate that the malicious, destructive actions concerning the USPS will have any negative impact on him, his presidency or his candidacy. At all.
Here is a great quote from Jennifer Rubin in today’s WAPO:
“When you hold the reins of government, you are tasked with its smooth running and navigation around obstacles. Trump has dropped the reins, jumped from the saddle and shot the crippled steed. He can holler that the vote this fall will be fixed, but responsibility for the path of destruction leading to November is obvious.”
Yet he has the full and unwavering support of 40% of Americans. Certainly many in NY 23.
I don’t think that anything with his destruction of the USPS will damage him in any way.
People do seem to value mail service. What about the idea that the voters may be tired of Trump’s tirades, will that affect his fortunes?
You know, I exit the liberal democratic progressive bubble from time to time and spend some time in the Fox News, OANN, QAnon world.
I think that I can say with some confidence that the people who are already tired of his tirades and incompetence will continue to be tired. The people who love him will continue to adore him.
No change to status quo
I called Congressman Reed’s office to let them know how degraded Postal Service has affected me personally.
I mentioned that I am forced by high prices to purchase my medications by mail. I mentioned that a couple of months ago, my prescriptions arrived within a day of ordering. I mentioned that my latest delivery took over two weeks, forcing me to obtain meds locally at a higher cost.
I spoke in a conversational manner. The staffer thanked me for my call. Which has never happened before.
I suggest that anyone with a similar story should relay it to Congressman Reed.
Trump may not care. I think Reed does.
“The postmaster general said retail hours would not be changed, neither mail-sorting machines nor blue mailboxes would be removed, no mail-processing facilities would be closed, and overtime would be available as needed.” Washington Post, Tuesday August 18, 2020
This appears to be a complete capitulation. Some thoughts immediately came to mind….
Is it truly an unconditional surrender? If so, what in the world happened? If so, Trump and his henchman really mishandled the whole screw the Post Office scheme. Perhaps if they had tried it closer to the election they might have enjoyed success?
If not a surrender, maybe they are simply regrouping to try it again…Closer to the election.
Or maybe, hopefully, it is a win for the good guys.
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It might be a win for the good guys, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Rep. Karen Bass said it wasn’t clear if the sorting machines that were removed would be reinstalled.
Concerns about permanent mischief were justified.
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