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The Dunning-Kruger Effect

David Brooks on the child leader:

He is thus the all-time record-holder of the Dunning-Kruger effect, the phenomenon in which the incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence.

Here’s Brooks’s accurate description of the kid:

We’ve got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar.

Hack Free

Hackers don’t need to attack the US government because we have a fucking vulnerability right in the White House. The fucking idiot in the Oval office has already leaked sensitive information without any hacking.

Clear Sean

Dana Milbank says that “Trump has sucked the lifeblood out of Sean Spicer.” The only word that seems to come out of his mouth is “clear”:

President Trump’s hint that he taped conversations with Jim Comey? “I was very clear that the president would have nothing further on that last week.”

The Russia probe generally? “The president’s position’s been very clear.”

And everything else: “I think I’ve made it very clear…. He made it very clear…. It’s been made very clear…. I made it clear…. The FBI director and others have made it very clear.”

NATO: “Very clear.” Tax reform: “His plan has been pretty clear.” Secret tapes: “The president’s made it clear.” Where there was confusion, Spicer pretended to see clarity, in Afghanistan (“He’ll have an opportunity to make his position very clear”) and Syria (“The president’s always been clear that he’s not going to telegraph actions”).

I feel bad for the guy who is not only Trump’s dog, but also Kushner’s little bitch. He needs to get the fuck outta there before he looses his fucking mind.

Reverse Robin Hood

John Cassidy on the House G.O.P.’s shameful health-care victory:

In short, the bill the House just passed is one of the most regressive pieces of legislation in living memory. When Republicans cut taxes on the rich and slash funding for programs aimed at the poor, they usually go to great lengths to argue that the two things are unconnected. But in this instance they have done away with the subterfuge. It’s reverse Robin Hood, in plain view.

One Hundred Days of Trump

David Remnick:

The clownish veneer of Trumpism conceals its true danger. Trump’s way of lying is not a joke; it is a strategy, a way of clouding our capacity to think, to live in a realm of truth. It is said that each epoch dreams the one to follow. The task now is not merely to recognize this Presidency for the emergency it is, and to resist its assault on the principles of reality and the values of liberal democracy, but to devise a future, to debate, to hear one another, to organize, to preserve and revive precious things.

Must-read.

What He Eats Doesn’t Make Me Shit

I don’t care if he likes to eat his steak well-done with ketchup. In fact, I don’t give a fuck if he likes to eat shit and get peed on. I am not worried that he eats like a five-year-old, but I am deeply terrified that a five-year-old is running our country.

Unhinged Leader

George Packer:

After a month in office, Donald Trump has already proved himself unable to discharge his duties. The disability isn’t laziness or inattention. It expresses itself in paranoid rants, non-stop feuds carried out in public, and impulsive acts that can only damage his government and himself. Last week, at a White House press conference, the President behaved like the unhinged leader of an unstable and barely democratic republic. He rambled for nearly an hour and a half, on script and off; he flung insults at reporters; he announced that he was having fun; and he congratulated himself so many times and in such preposterous terms (“this Administration is running like a fine-tuned machine”) that the White House press corps could only stare in amazement.

Packer concludes:

An authoritarian and erratic leader, a chaotic Presidency, a supine legislature, a resistant permanent bureaucracy, street demonstrations, fear abroad: this is what illiberal regimes look like. If Trump were more rational and more competent, he might have a chance of destroying our democracy.

Enemies of the Incompetent President

David Remnick:

For all the chaos and resulting gloom these past weeks, it has been heartening to see so many “enemies of the American people”—protesters, judges, journalists, citizens of all kinds, even some members of Congress—do their work despite Presidential denunciation, not necessarily as partisans of one party or another but as adherents to a Constitution.

Keep fighting and resisting until he’s down and out.

Conway, Go Away

Erin Gloria Ryan:

I simply cannot dredge up any sympathy for a person who has acknowledged the structural problems most women face only when she is personally facing them, or used them as derailing tactics when she’s losing an argument. I can’t mourn the downfall of a fair-weather feminist, a woman who has used her power to hurt other women.

I am no longer paying attention to her alternative facts.

Kudos to Larry Wilmore

In this week’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Larry Wilmore straightened out lil Milo who is not only confused about his sexual orientation, but also desperate for attention. It is such a pleasure watching a thoughtful comedian schooled an ignorant whippersnapper. Yes, go fuck yourself. You’re a pathetic, douchey, little pain-in-the-fucking ass from England.