The timing was perfect.
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Thanks to the oddball nature of Trumpism, the writers for Vanity Fair's "Hive," such as T.A. Frank, hauled in so many more page views then they probably would had. It's a marketable niche. Those numbers help sell advertising to the media buyers.
Here is Frank's latest. It has fun with the meme of supposed mental illness in The White House. Not that being a little or a lot off your nut is uncommon at that level of power. Or in most power bubbles.
Richard Nixon supposedly roamed during the nigth, with drink in hand, conducting conversations with the hung portraits. To continue to stay in the power loop, aides tend not to present any president with reality.
The phrase for that phenomenon has come to be: all the president's men (currently, women are included).
Another term applied is: bubble. In autopsies of Campaign 2016, Huma Abedin was fingered as keeping Hillary Clinton inside the bubble.
Those not in the bubble, such as Frank, tend to assume those inside suffer from myriad types of mental illness. But, that only shows a naïve mindset about how power operates.
Power has its own machinations.
Machiavelli explained those in detail. Human beings not in power usually can only pace outside the bubble and produce observations. If they don't have a platform like Vanity Fair they are ignored. No one cares what they think or say.
Those of us who came of age in Machine Politics such as Jersey City, New Jersey, Roman Catholicism and its institutions of education like Seton Hill, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and/or WASP values on the Gold Coast of Connecticut witnessed crazy.
Some tried to push back on those versions of power bubbles, usually just looking crazy themselves. Most just co-existed.
Unless crazy chases with a knife or gun, I shrug. No longer do I even harbor optimistic thoughts that the bubble will burst. Just like so many non-wealthy, my energy has to go into paying my bills.
What's happening in Trumpsville becomes less and less of interest. Money seems to loosening up. This is the time to make more of it.
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