Craven Kentuckian

“No man has done more in recent years to undermine the functioning of U.S. government. His has been the epitome of unprincipled leadership, the triumph of tactics in service of short-term power.”


Mitch McConnell, the man who broke America
Dana Milbank, Opinion, The Washington Post




Cunningly, cannily,
Mitchell McConnell he
plans with precision to
pillage for pay.

Craven Kentuckian,
crushing the soul of the
U.S. of A.

© 2017 Mary Boren


Flimmerill, flammerill

“Many people are horrified, and rightly so, by what passes for leadership in today’s Washington. And it’s important to keep the horror of our political situation up front, to keep highlighting the lies, the cruelty, the bad judgment. We must never normalize the state we’re in.”


The Scammers, the Scammed and America’s Fate
Paul Krugman, Opinion, The New York Times



Flimmerill, flammerill
Congressman Ryan will
circle the wagons and
scuttling doubt,
proffer empirical
clearly assertable
proof of his clout.

© 2017 Susan E. Eckenrode


Puttering, sputtering

“The British called it ‘Window’; the Luftwaffe dubbed its version ‘Düppel.’ For the Americans, ‘Chaff’ was the code name for the top-secret weapon that, in July 1943, allowed the US Army Air Forces to obliterate Hamburg in broad daylight. For the past two weeks, the Trump administration has been using a Chaff approach to media management—and if we don’t learn how to deal with it, we may suffer the same fate as Hamburg.”


This WWII Military Strategy Perfectly Explains What Trump Is Doing to the Media
The Nation


Puttering, sputtering
POTUS keeps uttering
venomous, vacuous
Calling for action he’s
tweeting distractions we
never should brook.

© 2017 Susan E. Eckenrode


Slickery, Dickery

“Someday they’re going to study this era in American history and they’re gonna study it alongside the Know-Nothing movement, and they’re gonna ask the question of all of us: ‘Where were you in 2017, when we had the worst president in the history of the United States?'” – Tom Perez, DNC Chair


Phillips’s conclusion is that those bewildered by current political affairs simply haven’t looked far enough back into history. “One can’t possibly make sense of [current events] unless you know something about nativism,” he says. “That requires you to go back in time to the Know Nothings. You have to realize the context is different, but the themes are consistent. The actors are still the same, but with different names.”


How the 19th-Century Know Nothing Party Reshaped American Politics



Slickery, Dickery
Donald J. Trump must be
quite undeniably
clearly the worst
POTUS in history.
Slathered with mystery,
truth stays submersed.

© 2017 Susan E. Eckenrode


Twice he errs, thrice he errs,

Seth breaks down White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s latest round of nonsense. (Video)


Twice he errs, thrice he errs,
Spicer gets icier.
Journalists, dicier
press to the max.

Sean shouts nonsensical,
oft indefensible
and reprehensible
fantasy facts.

© 2017 Susan E. Eckenrode


Squiggerly, wriggerly,

“Over the weekend, [GOP Senator Lindsey] Graham said at a town hall that the situation with Flynn was “getting weirder by the day,” and implored his fellow Republicans to “stay focused” on the investigation into Russia’s attempt to influence the outcome of the presidential election. Graham, who has been critical of the Trump administration’s approach to Russian relations, said Monday that he wouldn’t give immunity to Flynn, and said that Trump’s tweet defending Flynn’s request for immunity was ‘inappropriate.’”

Graham: Flynn asking for immunity “is a bit bizarre”




Squiggerly, wriggerly,
General Flynn will be
ever so willingly
ready to talk…

that is provided he
gets full immunity.
then he can walk.

© 2017 Susan E. Eckenrode


Munity Lunacy

“Nunes, wannabe private eye, surreptitiously examined information that he thought would exculpate Trump from his bogus tweet that he had been wiretapped at the Trump Tower last year by President Barack Obama.


Nunes revealed himself to be a sleuth of the Inspector Clouseau variety: klutzy, incompetent and prone to produce chaos wherever he turns up.”


 This Watergate lawmaker set the standard for slavish loyalty. Then came Nunes.
Colbert I. King, Opinion, The Washington Post



Munity lunacy,
Devin G. Nunes, he
stumbled and fumbled
the touchdown for Trump.

Surging with sycophant’s
now he must pass the
intelligence dump.

© 2017 Mary Boren



You’ve got to give Donald Trump points for consistent audacity. When you lie, distort, and make God an accomplice while speaking to the Central Intelligence Agency — where facts are the coin of the realm — you must have absolute confidence in your abilities.

Lying has worked for Donald Trump — so why stop now?


Donald J. Trumpety
Testing the best with his
Fast flowing lies

He answers most questions
Facial expressions dis-
guising his cries!

© Joy A. Burki-Watson, 2017