Wednesday, November 09, 2016
One of Their Own
They're some of the scummiest people in the West and they're delighted. Viktor Orban of Hungary, Britain's Nigel Farage, Marine le Pen of France (and her father), Geert Wilders from the Netherlands, and Vladimir Putin. They've all been falling all over each other to praise and congratulate the American president elect. Donald Trump, he's their sort of guy. Closer to home, the Ku Klux Klan seems thrilled at the blow struck for white supremacy in AmeriKa.
There are a couple of right wing populists who won't leap into Trump's lap. Let's not forget Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the unelected leader of Poland's governing Law and Justice Party. the puppeteer who controls his country's president and prime minister. Ukraine's Poroshenko is another. Both countries fear Trump's bromance with Putin puts them in jeopardy.
Those Baltic states? Pretty sure they're plenty nervous too. Estonian prime minister Roivas lost a confidence vote just this morning. Some speculate that opens the way for a pro-Russian party to take over. Lithuania, Latvia? Well Trump has already said that he considers NATO's Article 5, the mutual defence provision, to be "conditional" which unnerved the Balts sufficiently that Joe Biden had to be dispatched to reassure them of the Obama government's commitment. Latvia and Lithuania border on both Russia and Belarus.
Paul Ryan hit the airwaves this morning and did not hesitate to bend a knee to Trump. He said his party owes its success in the House and Senate entirely to Donald Trump and pledged that Congress will do Trump's bidding. For starters he said that AmeriKa's coal miners will soon be back at work.
What's going to go first? Obamacare? Probably. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Paris climate agreement could be a close second.