Twitter Jitters

Trump’s Saturday morning massacres are becoming de rigueur. Twisted tweet storms cause tremors around the globe. Ripple effect could topple France’s neo-nationalist Marine LePen’s election chances. The more unstable POTUS seems, the less influence he’ll have.

Best to stay away from newsy-ness. Conan O’Brien’s TBS special in Mexico is hilarious. Girls’ last season is fraught with freaky frames. Matthew Rhys lets it all hang out for a teaching moment last week. This week we endure toilet scenes and Hannah enceinte.

Dealin’ Don

The Art of the Deal. Taking it to the limits of all decorum and propriety. Scaring the country to distraction with wacky tweets and ridiculous rhetoric. Moving at light speed through Executive Orders with veiled threats. Then. The Don comes out in front of Congress with surprising sanity. Can it be believed? Maybe. Democrats will be so relieved not to have mass deportations or sick people dumped in the streets, they will have no choice but to compromise.

Hope springs… A nice couple from Louisiana gave us Mardi Gras beads in Central Park yesterday. So. As they say. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

The New Abnormal

Global warming? Balmy February in New York. Rowboats on the Lake. rowboats-in-feb

Bannon’s economic nationalism. Dismantling administrative state. Trump golfing with Els and McIlroy. The new abnormal.

Books are still normal. Just finished a good one. The Honeymoon, Dinitia Smith. A novel about literary icon George Eliot’s life and last honeymoon. Which was a doozy. See review here. Oscars. Ho-hum. This year.

UnPrecedential Day

throngUnprecedented resistance march on Central Park West. He’s Not My President’s Day rally from 59th to 67th. Even Northamptonites were there. A young kid yelled, “look it’s Steve Bannon!” Ha. It’s going to be a long four years. Fun to watch the throngs gather. bannon

Better to walk just down the hill to Tavern on the Green’s outdoor garden for a private protest on a sunny warm February afternoon.

Con Flick

Was it okay for John McCain to make Sarah Palin his running mate opening the door to Donald-ism. Or. For Jeff Zucker to have installed Trump’s Apprentice show at NBC. Then. Propped him up by running his rallies non-stop and uncensored on CNN for ratings? And. Now. Both McCain and Zucker conspire to take the President down with Russian dossiers and intelligence leaks? Guilty as charged.

Is it wrong to like both Lena Dunham and Milo Yiannopoulos?

The Trump Show

A show within a show. Only it’s real. Press conferences. Bill signing photo opps. Dinners at Mar-a-Lago with world leaders. Couples lunch in the White House Blue Room with Bibi Netanyahu. Campaign-style rallies on a Saturday in Florida. Where are Jim Carrey and Scott Rudin when you need them? Keep the klieg lights on call. It’s going to be a surreal soap opera.

Almost as weird is FX new show Legion. Matthew Crawley meets Quentin Collins.

From Vlad With Love

Happy Valentine’s Day From Russia With Love. Putin’s arrow on a dangerous trajectory. Flynn’s ties to Vlad finally results in his demise. What was Trump’s own complicity. Chaos Doctrine front and center. Sure has blown up the White House inner circle. Will it backfire on the disrupter-in-chief himself? Pence could be the next Prez sooner rather than later.