MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2021
Fred Kaplan explains the nukes: We don't have the transcript yet, though CNN will provide one.
That said, we just heard an intriguing report from Jim Acosta.
Once again, Acosta reported that Vice President Pence hasn't abandoned the possibility of using the 25th Amendment to remove the commander-in-chief from office.
In our view, it's amazing to see Pence letting such reports go uncorrected and unchallenged. Acosta then reported this:
Pence's staff say they're reluctant to move in that direction out of concern that such action might inspire Trump to do something destructive. Speaking of which, we'll link you to Fred Kaplan's report about those nuclear weapons.
We hadn't yet seen Kaplan's report when we did our own post on Saturday. Over at Slate, Kaplan had already delivered the bad news. To give you the gist of what he said, the headlines read like this:
Trump Still Has the Power to Blow Up the World
And as long as he’s in office, there’s not much anyone can do about that.
As we'd pretty much thought, there is no "fail-safe" in place to restrain this disordered man. Or at least, so says Kaplan.
Woody Guthrie said it best. "So long, it's been good to know ya," the Dust Bowl survivor cried.
It's a lovely performance, with clever, wry lyrics. What else are you doing today?