First Thought: Up to now, Trump has been running through his personnel files and firing people who either worked for him in the past or who were part of his campaign and therefore buy into his agenda. They slunk off and didn’t make a stink about losing their hard pass to the West Wing, and they didn’t write a book or go on cable TV and talk about what’s going on in Trumpland.
But now he’s going after people such as Andrew McCabe who have no tie-in with him other than the fact that they got in his way, and he’s getting it done in such a ham-handed way — 20 hours before his pension kicks in — that he’s basically unaware of what kind of blowback there might be. And he’s apparently unaware that there’s a difference between firing a crony and firing someone who was just doing their job.
History has shown that Trump is made up of venality and cowardice, and if someone pushes back, he runs away. He’s a lot of bark but no bite, and I think if Andrew McCabe has the goods on him, be they memos or incriminating testimony, the shit will truly be in the fan.
Second Thought: Watch very carefully how Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell respond to the antics in the White House. When Trump moves in to fire Robert Mueller — which he will inevitably do — and they do nothing but send thoughts and prayers, they’re just as complicit in the crimes as Trump. We’re going to need to truly work up a wave in the November elections to the point that the Democrats and opponents of Trump have enough people elected to render Trump irrelevant and impotent for the remainder of his miserable term in office.