On the Unravelling Of A Tiny, Tiny Little Fraction Of A Sorry Human Being

The collective "What Have We Done" look when the drunken uncle overstays his welcome at dinner

Modest Silver Lining Dept: If we had to endure the deranged "episode" that was our rambling sad sack of a president melting down on live TV - surely the best headline on Thursday's Fox and Friends debacle: "Old Man Yells At Country" - let's at least enjoy the fruits of his staggering incompetence. We know: It's tough not to be deeply disturbed by the spectacle of this rambling, babbling, raving clown who can't string a coherent sentence together, keep track of his own ceaseless lies, stop wildly attacking his enemies who are everyone everywhere except (some of) his relatives, or get over the little-known fact that Lincoln was a Republican - though the stunned, deer-in-headlights expressions of all three Fox hosts did offer a sliver of comic relief. 

Still, the greater pleasure lay in the fallout - some quick-as-you-can-say-I-take-the-5th - from Trump's legal own-end goals. Over and over, he incriminated himself. He threatened obstruction of justice; he admitted Cohen was his Stormy Daniels attorney after denying it for months; he frantically insisted Cohen "is really a businessman" who only handled "a tiny, tiny little fraction" of his legal work - thus swiftly destroying Cohen's argument that materials seized by the FBI are protected by attorney-client privilege, allowing prosecutors to quote him in court two hours later to buttress their arguments for access, and rendering himself the most useful of idiots. The loopy icing on the cake: The awkward moment a Fox host hurried his once-beloved president off the proverbial stage with, “We could talk all day but it looks like you have a million things to do.” Like, maybe, step on some more rakes?

 “Michael is in business. He’s really a businessman, and fairly big businesses, I understand, and I don’t know his business—but this doesn’t have to do with me. Michael is a businessman, he’s got a business. He also practices law, I would say, probably the big thing is his business. And they’re looking at something having to do with his business. I have nothing to do with his business. I could tell you, he’s a good guy.” - Donald 'I Have the Best Words' Trump.

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