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Tillis and Meadows: Abandon ship ... or go down with the ship?

It's not often two national politicians can be tied together with a single fancy ribbon, but Thom Tillis and Mark Meadows certainly can. They're both hyper-partisan shills for Donald F. Trump, fluffing the Orange One with no regard for truth, decency, or constitutional responsibility. Each has a daily Twitter presence that sings Trump's praises while denigrating fully half of their constituents with accusations of being part of a liberal mob.

After dark

Some people think there's an enthusiasm gap.
I don't see it.
I'm very excited that voters are going to crush
the Republican Party.
this November.
I can't wait to vote for every Democrat
on the ballot.

Lawless king

Dear Senator Tillis,

You probably agree that
our US Constitution is about as good as it gets.
America's inspired framers engaged in serious debate
and achieved a masterful balance,
a country ready for anything.
Except a lawless king.
That's where we are.

Like you, I was raised to revere the Constitution.
Also like you, I've taken an oath to defend it
against all enemies foreign and domestic.

Tillis on Twitter

Most people in North Carolina have no idea who Thom Tillis really is. But if you follow him on Twitter, the picture is crystal clear. And ugly as sin.

Nothing paints that picture more clearly than this Tweet from Tillis encouraging people to sign a birthday card for Eric Trump. As far as I'm concerned, Tillis could just as easily been asking for applause for a bowel movement ... a disgusting display from a world-class sycophant. And remember, this happened at the same time Trump authorized the assassination of an Iranian general, triggering new tensions, new threats to American citizens, and yet another illegal Republican.

Wagging the rabid dog

Anyone who claims special knowledge or insight about last night's criminal action by Trump is full of it. There's no insight to be had ... just an opportunistic madman bringing America to a new kind of ugliness. Among many in the world, we already deserved pariah status. Trump's bombing will cement that reputation for generations.

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January 2

I sat down to write tonight about a number of stories I had saved over the course of the day, and opened the laptop seven minutes after news broke that the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds force, Qassem Soleimani, along with the deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, had been assassinated in Iraq. At the time it was not clear who had done it, but the US government claimed responsibility minutes later.

US Senate: Which way are you leaning?

We ran this poll last week for 48 hours. A total of 122 people voted, mostly for Cunningham.

I don't think these kinds of polls mean much, except possibly showing which candidate can stir up an online flurry on relatively short notice. This sort of tactical effort could represent a broader campaign capability ... or maybe not. It is what it is.

My apologies to candidates not listed. I was working from top-of-mind and I should have included three others.

Falling apart

My Naval Academy classmates decided to have a holiday conference call this year. I'm not dialing in.

For the longest time, I thought we graduates were supposed to be leaders among leaders in the military, pinnacles of honor, officers and gentlemen. Each of us actually took a solemn oath to protect and defend the constitution.

That was then.

Today, some of my classmates are gleeful Trump supporters. It's astounding and profoundly unsettling.

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