As the old saying goes, if you cannot move Mohammed to the Mountain, move QPAC to twice-impeached LOSER ex-Prznint Stupid. Something like that.
Anyway, I’m trying to save my last jangling nerve for another use and have not been watching the festivities in Floriduh, nor have I been following along today on Twitter (well, not much, anyway), but every now and then something seeps through, and this time it is Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie:
ORLANDO, Fla. — Friday was the warm-up act at TPAC (get it?), where 2024 GOP hopefuls like TED CRUZ, TOM COTTON, JOSH HAWLEY, RICK SCOTT and DONALD TRUMP JR. tried out their material. The scene felt … low energy, but hey, it’s Covid and there’s a lot of wound licking after the election. There was a crescendo of cheers and boos (at ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, NANCY PELOSI and requests to wear masks, among other villains) as the day wore on, capped by Trump Jr.’s speech, the main act of the day.
The above are all placeholders, and whatever happens today is a placeholder, too. Nothing to pay attention to, it’s just pandering.
With each speech, we approach the real reason everyone’s here: former President DONALD TRUMP’S Sunday appearance, in which he will formally pronounce himself party kingmaker and take aim at his enemies.
It’s all about vengeance? Is that what they are saying? I’m shocked.
Advisers to Trump say his hit list changes daily. But typically what he says privately, he says on stage. And he’s not just griping about the usual suspects (MITCH MCCONNELL, LIZ CHENEY and NIKKI HALEY).
Two chicks and a dick — and you get to decide!
But the real gossip? Yeah, here it is:
Three people close to Trump tell me that he’s stewing anew over KEVIN MCCARTHY. It’s become so frequent that his advisers think the House minority leader may be in for a public reprimand. That’s even after the powwow at Mar-a-Lago where McCarthy tried to patch things up after he denounced Trump for the violence on Jan. 6.
The reason for Trump’s displeasure: an emboldened Cheney.
It’s always a woman with him. He really doesn’t get that women have agency, but then again with Mel –$20 same as in town — you can see why he remains transactional and misogynistic. The broad double-crossed him is how he sees Cheney.
Each time Cheney criticizes Trump from her leadership post as the No. 3 House Republican, he’s reminded that it was McCarthy who pleaded with his conference to keep her on as chair — despite her vote to impeach Trump. The latest trigger came Wednesday, when Cheney said at a press conference that Trump should not lead the party going forward while McCarthy awkwardly stood by.
We’ll see whether McCarthy can get to Trump before his speech Sunday. He seems to already be trying to work his way back into Trump’s good graces. On Thursday, McCarthy took a swipe at Cheney on Fox News, suggesting that she supports cancel culture.
Anyway, tomorrow is going to be the freak show of all freak shows.