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So now we know what Donald Trump will do for a living when he leaves office, whenever that is. He will be busy: In addition to continuing his television career by doing commercials for products that you can get by calling a 1-800 number, he’ll also be touring as a stand-up comedian.
Obviously he’s got a knack for it. Look no further than the reviews of his latest comic performance from us horrified pundits who are obviously not known for our sense of humor. We were missing the point, as usual, at the success Trump had when he brought the house down at the United Nations nightclub in New York. Actually, it was the General Assembly, and it was a really tough crowd but the audience couldn’t help but laugh at the Trump routine when he claimed that under his leadership, the country was enjoying unprecedented success. Trump played it like he had been taken aback: “I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK.”
By the next day, he had put together another shtick, as he is prone to do. At his news conference, which could be described as absurd from beginning to end, he insisted: “They weren’t laughing at me, they were laughing with me. We had fun.”
No, Mr. President, they clearly were laughing at you. Sadly, they also were chortling at a United States of America that, for so long, has been regarded by some of them as sanctimonious. For many, the U.S. is becoming a nonstop slapstick comedy act.
For yucks, look no further than the Senate’s contorted efforts to do its solemn duty to approve a justice to the nation’s highest court. Christine Blasey Ford suddenly popped up with a last-minute blockade in Brett Kavanaugh’s smooth road to the SCOTUS bench. Blasey-Ford’s charge is that, 30-plus years ago when they were privileged prep-schoolers in Bethesda, Maryland, a Washington suburb, Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.
In this #MeToo era, the majority Republicans on the Judiciary Committee were finally cornered into covening a new hearing. The problem for the GOP members is that even now, they are all male. They were so frightened that they’d appear insensitive, they outsourced all their questions to a woman, noted sex-offense prosecutor Rachel Mitchell. She was unable to crack Ford’s story, but she did make clear, by implication, that the Republican Party is run by fuddy-duddy men at a time when the woman vote may be decisive in the midterm elections for control of both houses of Congress.


But Christine Blasey Ford was just the opening act. The headliner was Brett Kavanaugh, whose performance could be described only as a hissy fit, the veins in his face prominently showing. “This has destroyed my family and my good name,” he thundered, calling the accusation “a calculated and orchestrated political hit.” Depending on your point of view, he was either enraged or deranged.
He had a great supporting cast as Republican senators ditched the methodical questions from Mitchell for some real method acting. Lindsey Graham probably won the prize with his high-volume monologue calling what had unfolded “the most despicable thing I’ve seen in my time in politics.” Graham suddenly has turned into Donald Trump’s attack dog, as if Donald Trump needed an attack dog. If it continues, maybe the senator from South Carolina should be tested for steroids. And rabies.
Speaking of the president, he was riveted. He even canceled his confrontation meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, putting off the decision over whether to fire him. Could it be that he’s having trouble finding a replacement? Is Lindsey Graham angling to take the job so he could be in line to succeed Jeff Sessions when he gets the ax?
Who knows in this slapstick burly-cue? The Brett Kavanaugh circus soon will fade into sawdust as we move on to some new can-can. While the whole world laughs at our constant pratfalls, we need to decide if we simply will take it, or get outraged and get rid of these clowns who have taken over.

© 2018 Bob Franken
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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