ROPE-A-DOPE

One of the strangest aspects to the continuing political insanity that has enveloped this country with the recent election of our new Fake President has been – for me – the apparent reluctance of the governing majority party to take any action(s) to rein-in his various excesses and obvious blunders.

Except for a few blatant right-wing Trump-ites like Congressman Nunez, and a few ‘Moderates’ like Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain, when it comes to anything having to do with Drumpf the vast throng of Republican Senators and Congressmen remain absolutely silent.

Like the grave.

Of course, one can hardly blame them much for that – this Idiot-in-Chief has shown again & again that given even half a chance he will hamstring or undercut anything and everything that members of his own [supposed] party may try to do.

And ‘once burned, twice shy’ is any smart politician’s favorite fallback position.

But it strikes me that this present hands-off attitude goes way beyond that. The constant Revolving Door this administration has turned into (with no end in sight), the growing signs of venality and incompetence among its constituent members (with no end in sight), the recurring scandals both old & new (with no end in sight), and – above all – the ever looming threat of Special Prosecutor Mueller’s ongoing investigation into (a) Russian interference in the 2016 election, and (b) a possible conspiracy to obstruct justice during that investigation have all had a decidedly negative effect on Republican willingness to speak out, either for OR against this President.

Instead – just like the rest of us – they wait, to see what will eventually transpire.

And thus three different, but similar, images are brought to my mind:

That old proverb, “If you give a man enough rope, he will hang himself” comes first & foremost.

The second is a line from Sir Walter Scott’s poem “Marmion”, ‘Oh! what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!’

And finally, Mohammed Ali’s 1974 ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ against George Foreman, where Ali allowed himself to be pummeled against the ropes in the ring until Foreman wore himself out, and was then eventually knocked out.

That successful boxing strategy was immortalized as being the ‘rope-a-dope’…

and in this particular political corner, there is an endless amount of rope – getting more & more tangled – and one poor dope who is way out of his weight class.

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