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The mandatory posters over every desk, on the other hand…

Donald Trump may not have accomplished a heck of a lot in his first couple months in office in terms of policy, but he sure has done some wonderful stuff to instill a healthy sense of fear and paranoia in the federal workforce, beyond just the normal stuff like making clear he wishes some agencies didn’t exist at all. But now the Washington Post reports that even though the administration hasn’t bothered filling a lot of top jobs in cabinet-level agencies, Trump’s people have been very careful to appoint senior aides who will ensure the departments are politically loyal and don’t do anything that deviates from White House policy. Assuming the White House has any.

This shadow government of political appointees with the title of senior White House adviser is embedded at every Cabinet agency, with offices in or just outside the secretary’s suite. The White House has installed at least 16 of the advisers at departments including Energy and Health and Human Services and at some smaller agencies such as NASA, according to records first obtained by ProPublica through a Freedom of Information Act request.

“Freedom of Information Act”? That sounds suspect. Better get someone on that and get that shut down. These nice political minders don’t report to the cabinet secretaries, but to Rick Dearborn, a deputy chief of staff in the White House, who has an aide to coordinate the inside snitches and make sure everyone is on message and not getting too independent. One former Trump campaign advisor, Barry Bennett, said this is perfectly normal and a really smart idea: “Somebody needs to be there as the White House’s man on the scene. Because there’s no senior staff yet, they’re functioning as the White House’s voice and ears in these departments.”

Or maybe they could give some thought to actually staffing up those department with competent people. It’s a thought, at least. Hey, how’s that Trump hiring process coming along anyway?

So political minders it is, then!

This isn’t a normal part of a presidential transition, not even when there’s a change of parties in the White House. Political commissars weren’t used by Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, or Barack Obama, although it was super-creepy that Obama had all those “czars,” and not at all weird that Trump has a political minder in every department. Kevin Knobloch, the chief of staff for Obama’s Energy secretary, Ernest Moniz, says it’s kind of weird, and doesn’t foster independent thinking, as if that were something the Trumpers would be interested in:

“That can only happen when agency secretaries have their own team, who report directly to them,” he said. “Otherwise it comes off as not a ringing vote of confidence in the Cabinet.”

Again, that sounds like it will perfectly suit what the Trumpers want. Groupthink is a terrific thing when the smartest man in the world is running things, after all. And with most departments still hollowed out, the political guys end up doing a lot of the work, even if they’re campaign or business people who have no expertise in what those departments do. Not a problem, since expertise is elitist. This election was about kicking out experts and letting a bunch of business guys, campaign aides, and lobbyists run things. We were really reassured to learn that a raging anti-Islamic conspiracy theorist named Frank Wuco is the political minder for Homeland Security. He thinks all Muslims are likely to turn into head-chopping jihadis, because that’s just how those people are, and also gives motivational speeches in which he pretends to be a jihadist, complete with thick accent and fanatical glint in his eyes. Good to know he’s found a place where he can put his abilities to use.

The Post does note that every president has tended to butt into cabinet affairs; Obama was a bit of a control freak but didn’t assign political aides — when he tried to do that at Justice, Eric Holder said hell no and didn’t let it happen. But for Trump, it’s very, very necessary to enforce absolute loyalty, as no less an expert than Newt Gingrich explains:

“If you drain the swamp, you better have someone who watches over the alligators,” Gingrich said. “These people are actively trying to undermine the new government. And they think it’s their moral obligation to do so.”

That would be that “deep state” you keep hearing about. Gotta root out the enemy everywhere in order to get the agencies to do their jobs, which is to dismantle government anyway, after all. Don’t want the Secretaries getting any crazy ideas that aren’t the boss’s crazy ideas, like when Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly didn’t immediately fall in line with whatever the official policy was during the first travel ban (to be fair, it probably didn’t help that no one really knew what that policy was).

The Post notes that some of the political minders are fitting in better than others — the guy in Elaine Chao’s Transportation Department seems to work well with others, and as far as we know makes a damn good cup of coffee, while at the Pentagon, the political aide has been met with suspicion and been nicknamed “the commissar,” which is terribly unfair since Soviet commissars were political stooges sent to enforce ideological orthodoxy, whereas this is America.

We’re happy to hear that loathsome environment-despoiler Scott Pruitt is saddled with a real twerp of a political minder, former Washington state Senator Don Benton, who “two senior administration officials” said had made such a pest of himself by making unwanted contributions to policy discussions that Pruitt eventually banished him from meetings. Here’s hoping there were lots of hurt feelings and spite, and that Benton makes trouble for Pruitt with the Great Man. The busier these assholes are with infighting,the less damage they can do.

Also, if you’re a government employee and you have some nice juicy stories of political interference from Team Trump, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Yr Dok Zoom at doktorzoom at-sign wonkette dot com — why should big-time political reporters have all the fun? Let’s see… how about… “Wonkileaks?”

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  • msanthropesmr

    Are these chucklefucks even competent enough to comissar effectively?

    • From Russia with Love

      Luckily, probably not.

    • BrianW

      Commissars did have to attend a school about their job, so my guess would be, “no”.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        You misspelled Nyet.

        • BrianW

          My apologies comrade, but we have not received the 10th edition of the Trumpspeak dictionary here yet. We are still making do with the 9th edition.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Msgr_MΩment

      Donny drained the swamp like I drained that MD2020.

  • msanthropesmr

    I am a government employee and Trump’s team turned me into a newt.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Did you get better?

  • tapp_my_wire,please

    Ranking Intel committee member, Adam Schiff on the teevee talking about all things Russia, which sounds a whole lot like a John le Carre manuscript

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      Hearing him read “hashtag, lock her up” was a bit surreal. I’m just not a fan of this timeline.

  • Rep. Adam Schiff is plain-splaining trump’s nightmare….live.

    • Vincent Ricola

      Adam Schiff 2020!

  • OneYieldRegular

    New SAT analogy!

    Deep : State :: Shallow : Thought

  • Crystalclear12

    OT but something for my fellow Missourians to be proud of:

    http://crooksandliars.com/2017/03/time-jason-kander-totally-owned-richard

    • janecita

      I had never heard of Jason Kander before, but he is my new favorite person:-) Go Jason!

  • janecita

    Who would have thought, that living in a Kleptocracy was going to suck so much?

    • Oblios_Cap

      That picture at the top will give me nightmares.

      • janecita

        He is one scary looking, wannabe dictator!

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      I’m stealing this.

  • Bill D. Burger
  • Hobbes’ Evil Twin

    This is the only piece of evidence that this administration actually has a strategy.

  • baconzgood

    “Otherwise it comes off as not a ringing vote of confidence in the Cabinet.”

    The likes of Steven Mnuchi, Ben Carson, Rex Tillerson, Rick Perry don’t “ring confidence” in my ears to begin with.

    • Ill-Advised

      Ears are ringing, all right. Maybe even burning.

  • Oblios_Cap

    I’m thinking there are some good NCIS plotlines to come out of this. “Commissar found shot in Rock Creek Park” will surely be one of them; those political enforcer types seem to have a way of having “accidents”.

    • OneYieldRegular

      As long as they don’t turn around, oh oh.
      When der commissar’s in town, oh oh.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Alles klar.

  • calliecallie

    What we didn’t know when he talked about draining the swamp, was that he intended to get rid of all the career civil servants, because they have too much expertise.

  • exinkwretch

    Which department is going to be building the gulags to house the bureaucrats that won’t play ball with Comrade Trump?

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Fortunately, we already have tunnels under the Walmarts in Texas to serve as temporary re-education facilities.

    • BrianW

      The Ministry of Love, of course.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Great…an official Trump Stasi. When do the pogroms and show trials begin?

    • janecita

      Soon, they will be very classy though!

      • cheetojeebus

        Yes, they’ll all have snappy uniforms with bauble encrusted long knives.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Patterns have already been sent to Chinese clothing manufacturers.

          • cheetojeebus

            I suspect brown is the new black.

          • janecita

            Brown, with very “tasteful,” splashes of gold.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            With a splashy, gold-embroidered “DJT” monogram above the pocket.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            It’s the armbands that really complete the look. http://s3.amazonaws.com/theoatmeal-img/comics/donmojis/trump_arm_band.png

          • Ill-Advised

            I missed the catwalk. Which purloined Ivanka boot did they show?

          • Erala Contratista

            And those cool kitty head buttons, too! Lots of ’em!

  • Apple Scruff

    I’m afraid that we will be learning nothing from today’s hearing. Comey basically just said there’s tons of shit he can’t tell us, which I can sort of understand if Trump is legit being investigated and they’re finding good stuff. But still.

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      Comey already pulled the, “That’s classified” move. So you’re probably right.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        “I love that move”
        — Dick Cheney

      • Apple Scruff

        The only thing I can hope for is that when he says “That’s classified” means they’re finding real stuff.

        • CogitoErgoBibo

          He seems to be making some oblique references to an ongoing investigation, so let’s hope indeed.

        • Martini Ambassador 🍸
          • cheetojeebus

            It’s really too bad that Comey and Guilianni’s cadre have wrecked their cred.

          • Apple Scruff

            This doesn’t seem like news since we all assumed this already! Lol. It’s so hard to figure out what is news anymore.

          • Martini Ambassador 🍸

            I think it’s big in that it’s confirmation, directly from the FBI that they have evidence and they are looking into the connections. To my recollection, that’s a first.

            But yeah, we pretty much knew that was going on, even without the confirmation.

          • therblig
      • Erala Contratista

        Risotto is Classified???!? It’s gonna be dinner tonight!

    • Greyhame

      Comey is busy ‘splainering about how very careful the FBI is about keeping sensitive information related to ongoing investigations confidential.

      • Martini Ambassador 🍸

        FAKE NEWS!!! The FBI seems to be real great at leaking risotto recipes.

      • cheetojeebus

        Did he explode into irony flames at that moment?

    • cheetojeebus

      I suspect as much. A pretense of investigating with the democratic side being given the ‘that’s classified’ answer to it’s questions and spin given to the Rs. Bore the public and move along with the biggest grift in history.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Ah, yes the ‘Political Officer’ system like we had in the old Soviet Union. A good system.”
    — Vladimir Putin, former KGB officer and current Trump buddy

  • Msgr_MΩment
  • memzilla Ω

    The word you’re looking for is Zampolit, political commissar. Leonid Brezhnev and Nikita Khrushchev were zampolits. Another Russian word we can bring into our Drumpfian lexicon now is stukach, informer.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “That’s tapp with two p’s. That’s how it’s spelled now. Forever.”
    — Trump Advisor for the Justice Department, screening internal memos

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      “We have always been at war with Merriam-Webster!”

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    Favoring the installation of loyal zealots over anybody that might actually do their job seems like a real good use of taxpayer money. I feel so great about all of this winning we are doing.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    It’s amazing how naturally Trump takes to the trappings and techniques of a tinpot dictator.

  • tapp_my_wire,please

    Comey on the teevee saying the FBI can’t comment on open investigations.
    Someone, keep Hillary away from the sharp knives this morning.

    • chortlingdingo

      Ah, poor Hillary. I can’t even imagine what she thinks of all this shit.

      • Pierre_de_Fermat

        Wouldn’t it be nice to have a competent President?

        • chortlingdingo

          I’d give a lot to trade places with the me living in President Hillary’s alternate universe.

  • Crystalclear12

    Wellll. . . I am sure this will end. . .????

  • John Iwaniszek

    Republicans don’t do competence.

  • TheGrandWazoo2
    • Crystalclear12

      Minion libel!!

    • Liberoid Ron

      I’ll take Gru over Donnie any day.

  • Carpe Vagenda

    Well, at least now we finally know why the czars triggered them so bad.

  • Bub the Hoohah! loving Zombie

    Somebody needs to remind all these newly appointed rats of the old prison truism – snitches get stitches.

  • Zonath

    Sounds like Trump is “draining the swamp” Florida-style: Take a swamp and make it into land where a bunch of slapdash, shitty houses are built into an ugly subdivision with a name like “The Lakes at Capitol Hill”. Of course, the properties thus created end up being remarkably susceptible to flooding and sinkholes, plus the environmental damage from getting rid of so much wetland habitat means that invasive species like rats and snakes end up taking everything over.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      and then the storm comes.

    • cmd resistor

      And, now and again for good measure, make sure there is some toxic waste when you fill up the ex-swamp.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Wonkileaks? Depends.

    • Ill-Advised

      Ahh, just another solution seeking a problem. Are leaks a problem?
      (It depends.)

      I’ll show myself out…

  • Ryan Denniston

    “Political commissars weren’t used by Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, or Barack Obama”

    Yeah, commissars will TOTALLY dispel all those Russia connections!

  • Kiri the Paid Protestor
    • SnarkON

      OT but I like your new commenter name and wonder if you impale the protest signs on your horn.

      • Kiri the Paid Protestor

        I impale whatever George Soros pays me to impale.

    • The Wanderer

      And all his funky friends?

  • SnarkON

    Trump’s utter incompetence has made me more hopeful over the last few days that he will simply bumble around for the next for years and accomplish nothing. That’s how far the bar for hope has fallen for me.

    • Crystalclear12

      You have reached bottom. . . here is your shovel.

  • Mavenmaven

    Putin won’t let him appoint “czars”, if you know what I mean.

  • Bub the Hoohah! loving Zombie

    Once they have identified a sufficiently large number of people who are disloyal to the Führer, they can round them up and put them to work as forced labour building the wall. It’s win/win!

    • Liberoid Ron

      Arbeit Macht Frei!

  • puredog

    “If you drain the swamp, you better have someone who watches over the alligators.”
    Metaphores, how does they work?

  • tapp_my_wire,please

    Imagine the look on the face of an agency director when they are greated ‘I’m Joey No Socks and this is my associate, Fat Tony, and we’re here to help’

  • beingreleased

    I working on a metaphor. At the end of a movie, the credits list hundred of people that contributed to making the movie. Maybe a few of them weren’t 100% necessary, but most of them were. Trump seems to think that all you need to make a movie are the director and actors (i.e., the people at the top).

  • The Wanderer

    “Big Brother is Watching You.”
    He must love watching me masturbate, then.

    • janecita

      He is taking pictures!

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Turn your microwave so it faces the wall – that’ll really throw them off.

        • The Wanderer

          I try not to masturbate in the kitchen. Mind you, there are times when . . .
          I’ve said too much again, haven’t I?

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            Fortunately, my “Last Tango” moment took place long before microwaves could turn into cameras.

        • WotsAllThisThen

          This microwave thing is the worst. The last thing we need is more lunch selfies. Stupid Instagram.

  • goonemeritus

    I wonder if all of Trump’s “honeymoon’s” lack this level of consummation?

    • Nockular cavity

      Well, when you lack the ability to consummate…

      • Bob Fandrich

        What do you think those non-disclosure agreements are really all about, anyway?

    • LucindathePook

      I’m sure the ladies involved were all true professionals who did their best, but they through no fault of their own lacked some of what is necessary to bring about a successful conclusion.

      • Alan

        Probably because they refused to pee on him. Can’t get good help anymore.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    If Pruitt has banished Benton from meetings, who’s minding Pruitt? This won’t go down well once Benton goes whining to Il Douche Bannon about it.

  • vivian

    “These people are actively trying to undermine the new government. And they think it’s their moral obligation to do so.” NG

    It’s ALWAYS projection with these assholes.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      To be fair – it IS their moral obligation to do so.

      • vivian

        Hmm. Two things. 1) I was thinking that it is this administration’s desire to undermine the government – the GOP playbook for a generation: claim that Gov’t doesn’t work, elect people who disdain governance, break everything you can then return to the electorate with “see? the gov’t doesn’t work!”

        2) If there is one party in the US that acts destructively out of a sense of moral obligation, it ain’t us Dems.

        • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

          It’s all fun and games until there’s a crisis- and there’ll be one. The people who suffer won’t be the political minders, either.

          • vivian

            Sadly, this stopped being either fun or a game for me about 16 months ago when Donnie Dimmo started mopping the floor with the 16 other GOP clowns.

        • Greyhame

          I call them the dysfunctionalists. If you’re going to vote for someone whose bread & butter is proclaiming the very concept of government to be useless, then don’t be surprised once they get into office that all they do is try to prove themselves right.

      • therblig
    • Phoenixdoglover

      Heh. Newt used the word “moral”.

  • Bob Fandrich

    At this point, I’m rooting for the deep state, since the opposition is the derp state.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Deep State 40
      Derp State 0

      And it’s only the first quarter…

  • Liberoid Ron

    So it’s come to this: our only hope for the country is that the people in charge get so involved with infighting and backbiting and intrigue that they don’t have the time to break anything.

  • Chadwells

    Sooo…are they saying that the “deep state” is doing a better job then they are? Sounds like it to me.

  • Chadwells

    Huh…the FBI confirmed the investigation into Dampnut/Russia ties. I didn’t think we’d even get that much!!

  • Portia McGonagal

    He IS President Snow.

    • Chadwells

      Yellow snow.

      • The Wanderer

        Just watch out where the huskies go.

        • Phoenixdoglover

          You know we’re in trouble when Zappa’s lyrics make more sense than the President’s tweets.

          • Tacoclamgenda

            Geeze, thats true, isn’t it?

    • The Wanderer

      He’s Merkin Muffley.

  • Apple Scruff

    So Gowdy is harping on the leak-y side of the story rather than the treasonous side?

    BTW — WE KNOW YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT FLYNN, GOMER.

    • The Wanderer

      Rep. Weirdhair is actually asking questions?

  • FZsdaughter

    We can do better than “Trumpers”, can’t we? Trumpazoids, maybe? Trumpanzees? the Trumpustulate? Trumposeurs? Trumpestilence?

    • The Wanderer

      Trumpanzees is a fave of mine. I also like “Trumpalos.”

    • Chadwells

      I always liked Trumpkins. Works on a few levels.

    • vivian

      Trumpkins, Trumpots, Trumpists, Trumpeters, or Morans

      • Lefty Wright

        Yesterday, wonkette mentioned someone saying Moran had two “o”s. So it should be Moorans.

    • vivian

      Trumpovs?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Trumpaloompas works nicely in certain contexts.

    • pstockholm

      I’ve always thought “assholes” has a nice ring.

    • Alan

      Stupid?

    • Werewolf

      Stormtrumpers.

      • Maclare

        i’ma going to start using this one

    • Spotted on Twitter this morning: “Cult45”.

    • Querolous

      Trumpenprolitariat

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Trumpland Trumpland über alles, über alles in der Welt

  • Apple Scruff

    Listening to Adam Schiff is like meditation to me.

    ETA — did I detect a note of disgust when Comey said “Tweet” ?

  • Me not sure

    At an average of ten confirmations a month he’ll get them all done five months after the end of this term. If he lasts that long.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    The trump Administration is packed with people who were stuffed into lockers when they were young.

    • eyelashviper

      and only got out six months ago…

    • Look, I’m sorry, but WTF? What is with this idea that people who were bullied grow up to be fascist pieces of shit, rather than the bullies?

      • Mr. Blobfish

        Revenge?

        • And kids who shove other kids in lockers grow up to be caring, empathetic members of society, I suppose.

  • Rick Hill

    “Gingrich said. “These people are actively trying to undermine the new government. And they think it’s their moral obligation to do so.””

    Because we wouldn’t want someone acting according to their morals unless it’s sanctioned by Newt Gingrich.

    • vivian

      Exactly. When I think of moral authority, I think of Gingrich.
      They’re practically synonyms… no wait, what was it?
      Antonyms! Yeah, that’s the ticket.

    • shivaskeeper

      Because it is their moral obligation to do it. It’s part of the oath taken for government service.

      It’s hard for someone like Newt to see that since he has no morals.

    • mailman27

      He didn’t throw a “frankly” in there? I have disappoint.

    • Erala Contratista

      Which people, Neut? Yours or ours?

  • Rick Hill

    Funny thing. I would have thought it would take at least two or three years to bring down our system of government. This is more like that Outer Limits or Twilight zone where society breaks down in just one day.

    • Mack N. Nietzsche

      While I sympathize, I don’t think society itself is breaking down. Our government seems to be scared of us (as in the Town Halls and the sudden turn around on the ACA repeal). The pressure is rising and if the Head Pirate can’t take the heat, he’s going to have to get out of the kitchen.

      • Erala Contratista

        Agree. People are talking to each other about the whole embarrassing mess under their breaths, in pubic, in a non partisan way, with strangers, even. I sense more of a mood of citizens recognizing a common threat and trying to figure out what we can do about it, collectively and individually. Reminds me of the Nixon era when we began to realize how much we had been lied to about Vietnam and so many got to thinking, “what else is being covered up?”. Even my very Rep. family.
        Deja Voo all over again.

  • azeyote

    paranoia runs deep –

    • Rick Hill

      Well, aren’t all those departments there in order to further the will and goals of mr America, trump hisself?

  • eyelashviper

    Anybody know where Bannon lives now? The Lincoln Bedroom, the War Room, the bunker below?
    Need to know for drone coordinates…

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    I keep hoping all these idiots will be so busy shooting their own dicks off, that they won’t be able to shoot the rest of us.

    The one bright spot in my day so far is that when I checked the Reuters poll, Trump was down 5% in the polls. His DISapproval is now at 49%, and his approval at 44.2%, and 6.8% have “mixed feelings.” That’s the lowest I’ve seen it in a while. I love that 44% of people look at Trump and say “yeah, boy howdy, that feller sure is doing a good job, by sticking it to the politicians with his utter incompetence and corruption.”

    • Rick Hill

      Just sent the article about trump rescinding the order keeping debt collectors for college loans from charging an arm and a leg, to my daughter. She’s pissed.(anti-trumpster, she is)

  • smitallica

    Yes, nothing says good management like basing a whole reality show on pitting subordinates against each other, humiliating them in front of their peers, then publicly firing them.

  • Mack N. Nietzsche

    From the Googles:

    com·mis·sar
    ˈkäməˌsär/
    noun
    noun: commissar; plural noun: commissars
    an
    official of the Communist Party, especially in the former Soviet Union
    or present-day China, responsible for political education and
    organization.

    a head of a government department in the former Soviet Union before 1946

    • Meccalopolis

      Don’t turn around

  • eyelashviper

    Donnie holed up in his bedroom, fingers sore from epic twitterstorm, and screaming for Bannon and Kellyanne to bring him more toys..

    http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoons/MilbrD/2017/MilbrD20170320_low.jpg

  • William
    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      “Meet my tiny friend.”

      • Foocatchoo

        Says Trump’s hand to penis or penis to hand?

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          Yes.

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          Yes.

  • Jgb979

    It’s almost amusing how an administration full of self-interested sociopath narcisissits think only Obama loyalists are responsible for leaking things to the press

    I’m sure pretty much everyone up to and including Bannon (when it suits his evil) has blabbed about Trump behind his back.

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    “Kent, this is God speaking”…

  • Apple Scruff
    • Résistance Land Shark Ω
    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      Poor little wingnuts. It’s a pretty good display of how committed they are to the “principles” they claim – the man who delivered the election to their Orange Foolius on a platter isn’t kissing his capacious posterior enough, so off with his head!!

      • BearGHAZI

        ORANGE FOOLIUS! Someone needs to compile a list of these wonderful pseudonyms, we have enough for a coffee table book at this point

  • Bub the Hoohah! loving Zombie
  • The Librarian

    Ah, but who’s minding the minders? #deepstate.

  • Indivisible Snark Tank

    This has probably been posted down below somewhere already, but I’m lazy and don’t feel like checking.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w4Xulsjo5I

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Well, Drumpf’s nose (and 3 AM Tweets) certainly tell the story of the special places that he goes when he rides with the others on the subway.

  • Jim Johnson

    Has anyone kept a count on the number of Trump University graduates that are employed by this “administration”? So far, I have counted exactly zero.
    Even Trumpy knows it was a scam.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      “Even”?….

    • Alan

      Pretty sure he was the scammer.

  • Courser_Resistance

    Anyone remember the ‘Political Officers’ in Hunt for Red October?

    Yeah, like that. We’re already living in a Russian state but all the Regime people are overjoyed.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Or maybe they could give some thought to actually staffing up those department with competent people.

    Ah, I needed that good laugh. Thanks Dok!

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Wonkileaks sounds like what happens when you don’t fix the plumbing at the CBO.

    • An Outhouse for the Resistance

      or Mrs Paul Ryan’s nicname for Paul, Jr.

      • Yr. Gma

        You win!

        • mardam422

          Pee hookers for government think tanks.

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        Coffee Spewed on the Keyboard Award.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    while at the Pentagon, the political aide has been met with suspicion and been nicknamed “the commissar”

    Seems as if the military has been pissed at Donald since his “And they lost Ryan” deflection of accountability. We may have to depend on the military to save our democracy FFS.

    • vivian

      Hmmm. Puzzled by this formulation. Is it still our democracy if the military has to step in to save it? I mean, I know it has happened in other countries, but somehow it’s conceptually jarring.

      • Shibusa

        As President Bannon and GOP yes men stack the courts with more and more right wing judges, it’s easy to lose faith in the judiciary to save us from Trumpmageddon.

      • Myrddnn

        As jarring as it might be, I would trust a military solution to result in the officers immediately holding emergency elections to replace those caught, then backing off. The military attitude towards political power is hands off.

        • vivian

          I guess I had never contemplated what might occur if our system of checks and balances transformed into one of just checks. I suppose the military is our last line of defense against tyranny, but their intervention kinda messes up the concept of democracy, even if it is only temporary. What fresh Hell hath we wrought?

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    Could this be and end run? I mean, installing political officers before there’s a boss kind of means the political officer is the de facto boss, right? So Ban’em is creating a cabinet of unvetted, unconfirmed political hacks out to destroy the government.

    • vivian

      More like trying to shoot the moon in Hearts.

    • Transreason Maidenheader

      I can think of no reason not to conclude that it will work just as it did in the Soviet Union (without the executions, one hopes).

  • Snopes Shop

    Terri Sewell – Princeton and Harvard Law, like Michelle. Also Oxford. And she is from Selma. She has done one impressive thing after another.

  • Shibusa
  • Bitter Scribe

    This is what happens when you have a president who judges underlings solely by how much they kiss his ass.

    • Hairstrike Alpha

      That’s how he judges everyone in his life, too.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    In Soviet Trumpistan, office minds YOU!

  • Iron Monkey

    “These people are actively trying to undermine the new government. And they think it’s their moral obligation to do so.”

    No, Newt, that is the paranoid Bannon/Trump view of things. They think it is their moral obligation to do the job they were hired for or promoted to although they can have a narrow view of what is important and to stay for thirty years or whatever is necessary for full pension rights.

  • FlownΩver

    So who’s this guy “Lysenko” at the Department of Agriculture, now?

  • Zyxomma

    I love “Wonkileaks,” Dok. Kudos.

  • Jonny On Maui

    Do you believe morals and ethics are situational? Take the traveling Vikings. Village is too big? Trade. Village is small, weak? Raid.

    Problem is this administration is stuck in ‘raid’ mode…

    https://youtu.be/fVftXmopJt4

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Newt Gingrich, the original pale slug of an angry toddler really has attached his foul maw to Trump the Cheeto toddler’s taint like a remora.

  • Swampay

    Not sure why we’re worried if #45 is like Hitler when he’s so clearly more like Stalin.

  • CeeQ

    So basically, the team dynamic at every major US government agency is now the Mean Girls movie complete with narcs. Brilliant. Nothing at all can go wrong with this style of leadership.

    Meanwhile – everyone with the title “Senior Whitehouse Advisor” suddenly found themselves bereft of lunch buddies this week. =( =(

  • alpacapunchbowl
  • boredcatlady

    You guys, it’s like we’re being governed by that dude from the Illuminatus Trilogy that puts up stupid management rules just to disgruntle people.

  • Do they get to wear those snazzy leather trench coats?

  • mardam422

    OMD! Another shadow government? How will this play out against the Obama and Clinton shadow governments? Will there be a shadow civil war? Will the U.S. be divided into three shadow nations? I guess only the shadow knows.

  • marxalot

    Oh good, the Poltical Officers are here. I wonder if they have recieved actual directives from the Exec, or if they’re just making shit up too…
    This would be more fun if it weren’t actually happening, and to us at that.

  • BMW

    497 appointments unfilled? Our soon-to-be 45th President Mike Pence probably wants to fill them himself.

    • Tiny kaiju

      An appointment for every Duggar would be ideal for Pence and fill a lot of positions.
      Somehow that came out sounding weirdly sexual.

  • JustDon’tSayMicrowave

    Where are they when you need them:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI6Qdoq679I

  • Panika MCD

    CZAR LIBELZ!!!

    Bamz only created: the consumer, ethics, stimulus accountability, information, Great Lakes and climate czar positions. which means he got rid of 1 czar position which existed under Shrub. so he had 38 and Shrub had 33–Billy Clinton only had 8.

  • waspuppet

    “That would be that “deep state” you keep hearing about.”

    Well, for the past three weeks I have. Funny how they all talk about it like it’s a totally obvious thing when it’s a phrase they invented last month.

  • motmelere

    “It’s noticed, you know. Your attitude is noticed.”

  • Tiny kaiju

    …he pretends to be a jihadist, complete with thick accent and fanatical glint in his eyes.
    Frank Wuco is Jeff Dunham’s stupid dead terrorist ventriloquist puppet?

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