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January 22, 2019

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Right on the gibberish. Kevin Drum and Jonathan Chait pick up on what we’ve been missing: https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2019/01/rudy-giuliani-explained/

“But it’s obvious what Giuliani has been doing ever since he started representing Trump last year: tossing out chaff so vigorously that nobody can tell from day to day what the current story is supposed to be. The point of this—and this is the important part—is not just to confuse everyone. It’s to make Giuliani the bearer of bad news so that eventually, when Trump is forced to admit something damaging, it’s “old news” that he’s been “saying all along….

“… This isn’t a foolproof hack of the media, but it’s pretty good. It shows a sophisticated understanding of how the modern media works and how to undermine it, and Giuliani is the perfect choice for the main role. He’s well known; TV reporters like him; he’s loud and pushy and Trumplike; and he’s willing to sound like a doofus if that’s what it takes. I think that nearly everyone underestimates just how effective he’s been at keeping the volume turned up on the Wurlitzer.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/01/rudy-giuliani-genius-or-idiot.html

“Trump’s involvement in the Moscow project during the campaign is both a disclosed fact (old news!) and a charge Trump’s supporters can deny. And by the time reporters sort through the confusion and nail Giuliani down to one position, he’ll have dazzled everybody with a new confession.

“Of course, he’s probably just an idiot. On the other hand, with a client facing as many points of legal vulnerability as Trump, is there really a better strategy?”

Both are worth reading in full and contemplating. As to what’s on Guiliani’s grave? My vote goes to “Burning in Hell for defending a two-bit thug, crime boss and the biggest traitor in American History, among many other sins.”


Interesting summary Max. On the tombstone I would go with Public Urinal.

For some reason I can't explain
I know St. Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

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