First-time readers, the dialogue in this blog is set in the future (sometime after the year 2020).  Each entry assumes there has been a 5th revolution in the US — the Revenge Revolution.  More about Revenge Revolution and author, Entry #1.  List and general description of entries to date.  Annual assessment if Revolution plausible.

Note: most characters appear in a number of entries, with many entries building on previous conversations.  Profile of characters.  You’ll catch on quickly.  Thanks for your time and interest…and comments.  Series about “Who Took Out the Donald?’ begins Entry #244.

Scene: Restaurant Washington, DC near Jordan’s office.  Jordan, Gelly (Jordan’s assistant) and two-long time friends having drinks and hors d’oeuvres.   

G092615_2031_Characters2.jpgreenie:  “Jordan, you buy Sandy’s story?”

Jordan:  “Sandy’s story is plausible.  But I don’t think he’s right.”

Sandy:  “OK, why not?”

Jordan:  “A couple of Special Forces guys taking out Trump is plausible, but…”

Sandy:  “So, you don’t like my logic?”

Jordan:  “I didn’t say that.”

092615_2031_Characters8.gifSandy:  “Then why not Special Forces?  What’s wrong with that?  A couple of buddies of mine from the black hole told me.”

Jordan:  “Sandy, you and I know better.   Guys in the black hole don’t talk…at least not outside a very small group.  And no insult to you, but I don’t think you’re in that group.”

Greenie:  “OK, Jordan, if Sandy’s story isn’t right, then who did take out the Donald?”

Jordan:  “My best guess is the FBI.”

Greenie:  “Why?”

Jordan:  “Just think back to how Trump insulted the FBI as an agency…and then fired the head of the FBI,  James Comey.”

traitorJC:  “In the course of a few days, Trump also embarrassed, more like stabbed in the back, second in command at Department of Justice.  What was his name?”

Greenie:  “Rod Rosenstein.  Such a nice boy.”

JC:  “You sound like his mother, already.”

Jordan:  “So Trump fires Comey but does not have the courtesy to call the guy before he makes it public.”

Sandy:  “Didn’t Trump have some body guard deliver the message to FBI HQ?”

gangster-cartoon-clip-art-540pxJC:  “The delivery boy was a former body guard that Trump promoted to head of Oval Office security, or White House security, or some title like that.  Whatever the title, he was a thug in a suit guarding the Oval Office.”

Greenie:  “Let’s keep going down the FBI trail.  Trump fires Comey.  But the rationale for the firing kept changing.  I can’t remember how many times.”

JC:  “At first, I think Trump cited some letter from Rosenstein or Sessions that claimed the FBI had mishandled the Clinton email investigation.  Trump also claimed morale at the FBI was terrible and it was Comey’s poor leadership.”

Greenie:  “Except right after that claim the acting director of the FBI said morale at the FBI was very good and Comey highly respected…in public testimony before Congress, no less.”

JC:  “Then Donnie Boy changed the story again and claimed he’d been unhappy for some time and thinking of firing him.  Right, Donnie, Comey got you in the White House.  How quickly you forgot.”

PT BarnumGreenie:  “And along the way with the ever-changing story, Trump claimed Comey was a showboat and publicity hound.  Pardon me?  Looks who’s calling the kettle black.  No one was more of a showboat that the Donald.  Mr. P.T. Barnum reincarnated.  The Donald always had to be at the center of the ring.”

Sandy:  “I get why you’re leaning toward the FBI.  Plus, I’ll bet the FBI had lots of tapes and other info about Trump and staff dealing with the Russians.”

Greenie:  “I agree with your logic…and that I think was the real reason for the firing.  And Trump’s threat of having unfavorable tapes about Comey was laughable.  But, if you’re the FBI, why not wait for Congressional committees to complete their investigations?  If there were a clear connection to Russia, Congress could impeach him.”

Jordan:  “I think there was more than ample evidence.  Congress should have started impeachment proceedings.  But the Mitch McConnell and the head of the Senate Committee, Richard Burr…”

092615_2031_Characters1.jpgJC:  “…from your great state of North Carolina…”

Jordan:  “…Please, NC is not my great state.  Anyway McConnell and Burr really sat on their hands so the investigation crawled along.  The House committee was even worse.”

JC:  “That’s what I’ve never understood.  As I recall, McConnell was re-elected in 2014 and Burr in 2016.  They both had plenty of time before the next election.  Why tie your wagon to a liar?  Why not do the right thing for the country?”

Jordan:  “I’ll never understand it either.  Either McConnell was like a deer in the headlight or had no kahunas.”

Siers Irwin and BurrGreenie:  “I think both.  Burr was more like McConnell’s lackey.  Certainly not like the NC senator during Watergate, Sam Ervin.” (Copy of Kevin Siers cartoon from Charlotte Observer.)

Jordan:  “I don’t understand either.  However, among the adults inside the Beltway, there was a real concern that Trump was out of control.  In fact, so out of control he really had no idea what was going on.”

Greenie:  “I know there are lots of examples of unusual statements.”

JC:  “You mean lies, right?”

trump-scowlGreenie:  “Well, lies too.  But statements where Trump seemed to have no clue about the topic.  Then he’d tried to cover his lack of knowledge with some statement, which often turned out to be head scratching.”

JC:  “An example come to mind?”

Greenie:  “Ya’ know, for some reason the incident I’m thinking about never got much coverage.  Maybe it was the topic or maybe all the other noise going on at the time.”

Sandy:  “So what’s the situation?”

Greenie:  “Discussion, I think in the White House but I can’t remember for sure.  Anyway the topic centers on linking affordable health care and economic growth.”

JC:  “Let me guess.  Trump states that health insurance cots the average family maybe $100 per month…no $200 per month.”

Greenie:  “Try $15 a month.  Then he rattles off some other economic statistics that are grossly wrong.  And sitting at the conference table are the head of HHS and the Treasury guy…you know the one from Goldman Sachs.  And do they correct him?”

Trump KingJC:  “Of course not.  The king had spoken.”

Sandy:  “Alright, you’re making me a believer about the FBI.  You think he was really that much out of control?”

Jordan:  “For the FBI, the icing on the cake, as it were, was Trump’s willingness to tell lies and make no effort to make any correction.  Barely 100 days into the Trump Administration, there had been so many lies that no one could be trusted…White House spokes people and certainly not Trump.”

TurtleneckGreenie:  “So the FBI must get a sense that the chaos in the White House could start spreading throughout the government, and then spread throughout the country.  Widespread chaos almost always leads to one…a revolution.  So given that risk, Trump was taken out.  All in favor of the FBI, raise your hands.”

Sandy:  “Unfortunately we still had a revolution.  Admittedly, it probably would have been much worse if the FBI…or somebody…had not taken action.  And speaking of taking action, I need to go.  Nice to see you all again.”

JC:  “Nice to see you.  Say goodbye Sandy.”

092615_2031_Characters7.gifGreenie:  “Goodbye Sandy.”

JC: “Gelly, you’ve been awfully quiet.  Everything OK?”

Gelly: “Just listening and I’m fine, thanks.  May we order some coffee, please?”