aside Maureen Dowd’s letter to The President

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Maureen Dowd

The following letter by Maureen Dowd is the one that I would have liked to have delivered to the White House. It focuses on the point that the recent AHCA healthcare law drafted by republicans was counter to what the president had promised his followers and that he is being played by the US House republicans. This is why they are enabling him even when his presidency may be compromising the US national security interests.

Image result for recent trump cartoonsHere is the letter:

On 3/25/17, Maureen Dowd of NY Times penned her letter,  “Donald, This I Will Tell You,” which is as follows:

Dear Donald,

We’ve known each other a long time, so I think I can be blunt.

You know how you said at campaign rallies that you did not like being identified as a politician?

Don’t worry. No one will ever mistake you for a politician.

“After this past week, they won’t even mistake you for a top-notch negotiator.”

“I was born here. The first image in my memory bank is the Capitol, all lit up at night. And my primary observation about Washington is this: Unless you’re careful, you end up turning into what you started out scorning.”

“And you, Donald, are getting a reputation as a sucker. And worse, a sucker who is a tool of the D.C. establishment.”

“Your whole campaign was mocking your rivals and the D.C. elite, jawing about how Americans had turned into losers, with our bad deals and open borders and the Obamacare “disaster.”

“And you were going to fly in on your gilded plane and fix all that in a snap.”

“You mused that a good role model would be Ronald Reagan. As you saw it, Reagan was a big, good-looking guy with a famous pompadour; he had also been a Democrat and an entertainer. But Reagan had one key quality that you don’t have: He knew what he didn’t know.”

“You both resembled Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloons, floating above the nitty-gritty and focusing on a few big thoughts. But President Reagan was confident enough to accept that he needed experts below, deftly maneuvering the strings.”

“You’re just careering around on your own, crashing into buildings and losing altitude, growling at the cameras and spewing nasty conspiracy theories, instead of offering a sunny smile, bipartisanship, optimism and professionalism.”

“You promised to get the best people around you in the White House, the best of the best. In fact, “best” is one of your favorite words.”

“Instead, you dragged that motley skeleton crew into the White House and let them create a feuding, leaking, belligerent, conspiratorial, sycophantic atmosphere. Instead of a smooth, classy operator like James Baker, you have a Manichaean anarchist in Steve Bannon.”

“You knew the Republicans were full of hot air. They haven’t had to pass anything in a long time, and they have no aptitude for governing. To paraphrase an old Barney Frank line, asking the Republicans to govern is like asking Frank to judge the Miss America contest — “If your heart’s not in it, you don’t do a very good job.”

“You knew that Paul Ryan’s vaunted reputation as a policy wonk was fake news. Republicans have been running on repealing and replacing Obamacare for years and they never even bothered to come up with a valid alternative.”

“And neither did you, despite all your promises to replace Obamacare with “something terrific” because you wanted everyone to be covered.”

“Instead, you sold the D.O.A. bill the Irish undertaker gave you as though it were a luxury condo, ignoring the fact that it was a cruel flimflam, a huge tax cut for the rich disguised as a health care bill. You were so concerned with the “win” that you forgot your “forgotten” Americans, the older, poorer people in rural areas who would be hurt by the bill.”

“As The Times’s chief Washington correspondent Carl Hulse put it, the G.O.P. falls into clover with a lock on the White House and both houses of Congress, and what’s the first thing it does? Slip on a banana peel. Incompetence Inc.”

“They tried to sweeten the deal at the end by offering a more expensive bill with fewer health benefits, but alas, it wasn’t enough!” former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau slyly tweeted.”

“Despite the best efforts of Bannon to act as though the whole fiasco was a clever way to bury Ryan — a man he disdains as “the embodiment of the ‘globalist-corporatist’ Republican elite,” as Gabriel Sherman put it in New York magazine — it won’t work.”

“And you can jump on the phone with The Times’s Maggie Haberman and The Washington Post’s Robert Costa — ignoring that you’ve labeled them the “fake media” — and act like you’re in control. You can say that people should have waited for “Phase 2” and “Phase 3” — whatever they would have been — and that Obamacare is going to explode and that the Democrats are going to get the blame. But it doesn’t work that way. You own it now.”

“You’re all about flashy marketing so you didn’t notice that the bill was junk, so lame that even Republicans skittered away.”

“You were humiliated right out of the chute by the establishment guys who hooked you into their agenda — a massive transfer of wealth to rich people — and drew you away from your own.”

“You sold yourself as the businessman who could shake things up and make Washington work again. Instead, you got worked over by the Republican leadership and the business community, who set you up to do their bidding.”

“That’s why they’re putting up with all your craziness about Russia and wiretapping and unending lies and rattling our allies.”

“They’re counting on you being a delusional dupe who didn’t even know what was in the bill because you’re sitting around in a bathrobe getting your information from wackadoodles on Fox News and then, as The Post reported, peppering aides with the query, “Is this really a good bill?”

“You got played.”

“It took W. years to smash everything. You’re way ahead of schedule.”

“And I can say you’re doing badly, because I’m a columnist, and you’re not. Say hello to everybody, O.K.?”

Sincerely, Maureen

16 comments

    • There’s much truth to what Ms Dowd is saying, Trump is mostly talk and very little substance. Unlike President Putin, despite what most ppl think of him, keeps his eye on the prize. I can see why Trump is a big fan of Putin, he is very successful and beloved by his ppl, has the respect of the international community. The bigly problem about Trump- he’s not focused, his plans are half baked, ideas all over the place. He doesn’t seem to think things through.

      Even his mentor Putin told him to be careful about the immigration bill, that it’s really not a good idea to rile up the masses unnecessarily. If Trump wants Putin’s victories, he should really check his ego, and plan more strategically.

      • Dear 1EarthUnited,

        While I am not a fan of President Putin, I would never call him incompetent or lacking in knowledge. Unfortunately, he blew this one when he supported DT to become the US president.

        Ciao, Gronda

        • Understandably vilified in the west by the MSM, President Putin is soft spoken, a real statesman, but most importantly he gets things done for his country. He does not create unnecessary hardship for himself or his ppl by blabbing out whatever he feels off the top of his head. Trump is a real embarrassment to himself as well as our country he supposedly represents… sadly he focuses on making himself look bigly at the expense of everything else. I admit I’m not a big fan of Mr. Putin either, yet compared to all other world “leaders” he’s downright sensible and reasonable!
          Gronda, have you ever heard the man speak? – Not filtered by MSM commentary and propaganda, just watch YouTube videos of him, under “Putin speech”, he’s actually quite a brilliant and rational orator.

        • I respectfully disagree with you about Putin blowing it in his choice of King tRump! The damage that King tRump has done and will continue to do is a very well thought out strategic move on Putin’s part! He has dropped a huge (yuge?) bomb on our nations capitol and its cost was very slight in comparison to the damage done!

        • Dear 1EarthUnited,

          Mr. Putin is popular in his own country and I have listened to him speak in the past, like at an UN function. DT could not compete with him.

          But frankly, I would not and do not want either President Putin or President Trump as my leader. I as well as many other Americans do not admire authoritarian figures.

          But I was impressed as to how he did not overreact like he has in that past towards those who were protesting, yesterday, 3/26/17.

          Ciao, Gronda

  1. Gronda, there are several excellent points therein, but the comments contrasting James Baker to Steve Bannon and some of the other clowns is important. Post election, if the man surrounded himself with top drawer people who knew how to be organized, diplomatic, and get things done, he would be far better off than he is today. They would have vetted people better and not ended up with some of the poor choices he made.

    He would still have travails because he cannot help himself, but at least he would appear more Presidential with a polished staff who would try to keep him out of trouble. When he picked Bannon and other novices, all bets were off. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      He has surrounded himself with an Alt-right crowd including Bannon, Miller, Gorka, Hahn, etc. This is who he likes which does not reflect well on himself and the republican party. I am sick over what the republican party has become.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Gronda, as we have discussed, I am fiscally conservative and socially progressive. I left the GOP in 2006 for three principal reasons – their stance on climate change, their unhealthy embrace of evangelical and gun sellers, and a propensity to make things up at a much greater clip than the Democrats. The more this party ignores the truth, the more it hinders their ability to govern, Just yesterday, China and the EU said we are standing by the Paris accord and climate change fight in response to a President who wants to pretend climate change is not a problem. And, for what? A coal CEO and representatives of coal states are telling the President to not over peddle bringing coal jobs back as the demand is falling. Keith

        • Dear Keith,

          I finally left the republican party in 2016 for a long list of reasons including their support of DT, their tendency to turn a blind eye towards their Alt right supporters, their denial of climate change and science, their attitude towards any reasonable gun law restrictions, etc.

          Ciao, Gronda

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