Rope-A-Dope’s End?

H/T to Another Ian in a comment here:

Pointing to The Pointman here:

The basic thesis being Trump has played a military style “long game”, has launched small skirmishes to keep the opposition running all over chasing nothing-burgers, and is now ready to counterattack. All done quietly and without spilling things.

It’s well written, worth reading the whole thing. I’m going to quote a chunk out of the middle of it just to get you addicted ;-) so you will go read the rest…

The timing of a counterattack is perfect, and that’s what happened this week and will continue into next year.

On Thursday the House Judiciary Committee wrote to AG Jeff Sessions and the Deputy AG requesting they provide a special counsel to investigate the activities of most of the notables in the previous administration; Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch and Susan Rice among others.

The ground to be covered includes; the Clinton email server scandal, her deletion of 30,000 emails, her mishandling of classified information, her Clinton Foundation pay to play abuse while being in the office of Secretary of State, Comey’s decision not to prosecute her never mind even mildly censure, Lynch misleading the public about the emails investigation, her meeting at a remote airport with the husband of someone currently under FBI investigation, the DOJ’s and FBI’s mishandling of the email investigation, the illegal surveillance of political enemies, Comey leaking confidential conversations with the president to the press, the unmasking, the immunity deals handed out to senior members of the administration and a lot more. A comprehensive list of areas to be investigated can be found on the committee’s letter to AG Sessions.

If that wasn’t a bad enough can of worms to open up and dump all over the Democrat’s heads, Sessions has demanded a detailed audit of all payments made out of what was called the DOJ slush fund that he’d already closed down, which was there to use the punitive fines the DOJ extracted from companies as donations to bona fide charities.

All those benefiting organisations by law should only have been charities, with political activist groups specifically excluded. In Washington circles, the fund was cynically known as the liberal slush fund because of all the extreme left political groups it was used to funnel money to.

The next blow came from a FOIA request of emails from the FBI which has indicated an unprecedented degree of collusion between the DOJ and the media to suppress reporting of Lynch’s meeting with Clinton. Remember, Comey originally lied when he said the FBI had no emails on the meeting. Yet another occasion when he was being economical with the truth.

Hard on the heels of that lot came claims that an investigation should be made into Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the activities around her employing a network expert who’s since been arrested for bank fraud and also is suspected of selling confidential if not classified information to Islamic extremist groups. That investigation I suspect won’t be needed, the police will flip him and in return for a lighter sentence, he’ll spread shit in all directions. Now’s the time to engage a good criminal lawyer Debbie.

Attention turned to bringing the media to heel on Friday with the simultaneous arrest of four leakers and them being charged immediately with leaking classified information. Patently, that was the fruit of a very stealthy investigation that had been running for some time. Examples will be made, with people actually going to prison. The Trump administration has a very hard and different attitude to those who choose to betray their country than Obama’s. Quite the reverse actually.

The other hammer blow that fell this week on the media was AG Sessions saying that a review was going to happen of subpoenas to be served on journalists who were in receipt of and publishing classified information. In generations gone by, journalistic integrity enforced the rule that nothing was to be published that put the lives of American servicemen or agents of the US government at risk.

In the age of a feral media, that unspoken rule has long fallen by the wayside. They publish everything and anything just to get internet hits, and to hell with whoever it gets killed.

The real problem the media will have with the DOJ’s possibly changing the Rules of Engagement with them, is they’ve fallen so deeply out of favour with the common person, any new restrictions to be placed on them by government will either be welcomed or met with complete indifference rather than raising some massive howl of public outrage. That was always Trump’s long game to deal with them and it’s worked be

One can only hope (and perhaps pray “Dear Lord! Hear my pleas! Let this be TRUE!”…)

I’ve privately wondered if some of the “public rebuke” (things like complaining about Sessions and the recent grousing about Russia and Putin not behaving nicely) were just “cover”. A “for show” dirt tossing to get chum in the water while making it hard for The Left to believe that Pas-de-Calais really was the site of the invasion… Ignore Normandy… (Ignore that man Sessions, he’s on the outs, and you’ve succeeded with damaging any improved relations with Russia… just in time for Sessions to be center of the counterattack. As the whole Russia Nothing-Burger is now ready to hang on their necks next election…)

I managed a small bit of commercial real estate for a while. ( 100,000 sq. ft. offices as Dir. Facilities and I.T.) It helps to have a background in how deception works. Real Estate agents going past you to the V.P. or even the Board to get an angle. Contractors who want the pay, but not the work. Materials specs. that seem to drift in not checked, often. Obsequious “Government Officials” bending to politicians with either their, or the City’s hand out. I did it for only a short time. Trump did it for decades, and in New York City.

From contractors putting in 20 A instead of 30 A sockets to “inspectors” first demanding “pigtails” on all sockets then demanding they NOT have pigtails (and getting a second “inspection fee” in the process) to janitorial staff walking off with computers having studied all the camera locations… After a while, you realize it’s a bit of a war and you are an “Army of one”. In many ways it was harder than running the I.T. department.

Oh, and EVERYBODY complaining about the air conditioning. Two people in adjacent cubes. She’s cold, he’s hot. I hung a recording thermometer between them. It showed 72 F +/- 2 F or essentially perfect. They would get up, look at the thermometer, and sit back down… She got a sweater. I also got in the habit of walking the building and ‘resetting’ all the controls once a week. Folks would screw around with them and put a hot setting next to a cold one, having the AC and heater fighting in the same air block. Every Monday, reset. Eventually folks accepted that it was working better if they didn’t mess with it…

Now magnify that 1000 fold and you might get close to the experience Trump brings to the table.

So, has Trump been doing the Cassius Clay “Rope-a-dope” letting his opponent wear himself out on the ropes punching at Russia Nothing-Burgers? Is it now time for the “turn” to attack?

Tune in next tweet for “Rope-A-Dope’s End” or “How To Sucker Punch An Idiot Parade”!
Don’t miss it folks…

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16 Responses to Rope-A-Dope’s End?

  1. p.g.sharrow says:

    The “Beast” will be bringing howls of pain from the depths of the dark power structure.
    They believed that they were safe to attack while hiding behind their cloak of darkness.
    We will know who and where they are by the sounds of pain and indignation caused by the sting of that light.
    They are already making claims for sympathy, “It is not fair to prosecute political losers for their crimes committed while they were in power.” Trump is not part of their chummy little club…pg

  2. Tim says:

    I read Pointman regularly, ie once a week. One of the best reads on the web.

  3. jim2 says:

    Blessed be the day the Dimowits get their (huge) slice of Karma!

  4. John S Howard Jr says:

    Wow…. someone else thinking the same thing. Trump has been running interference for the team. I love it and hope that it’s true.

  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    Once I figured out Trump was just “popping smoke” with those comments to cover something else which was going on in the background, I started to simply ignore the drama queens who are constantly screeching about the latest outrage.

    If you look at his list of accomplishments (mostly ignored by the media to date) you realize like the proverbial duck, he is paddling furiously below the water line where no one is watching getting things done preparing the ground for bigger moves later.

    Like a chess player, – ignore this pawn move over here while I set you up for a bishop or rook move that will come out of the blue later when you put your piece in the wrong place.

    I think he is quite happy to keep the media running in circles ranting about nonsense while he builds a list of accomplishments. Come the next election cycle he will pull that list of accomplishments out and slap it on the table and the media and the opposition will not be able to do a thing about it because it will all be true well documented, and they had nothing at all to do with those successes because they were busy running around yelling “The Russians are coming”.

  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    Larry Ledwick:
    Agreed. The media here in Australia are in full Trumpophobia mood. Even tonight’s news referred to Trump’s disastrous 6 months start. And that wasn’t the ABC which channels Public Broadcasting from the USA (sorry don’t remember the correct name as I stopped listening years ago).
    It will be interesting times as they are forced to backtrack.

  7. M Simon says:


    In a similar vein:

    The thing that is clear to our overlords is that I have no secrets in the Internet Age. What is not yet clear to them is that neither do they. Any action on the secrets they hold is a reveal. So their knowledge is of limited value or useless. Counterproductive even.

    Of what use is a self destruct button? I’m not a Christian. At all. But the best advice I can give them is, “Go in peace.” If you need to own something try owning yourself. Because that is an infinitely harder job than owning a civilization. And infinitely more worthwhile.

  8. M Simon says:

    “When you attack, you hit them with everything you’ve got, and all of it at the same time.”

    The best attacks pull the enemy out of position, making him vulnerable to the real blow. Feint.

  9. Now the Obama is out of the White House there is the possibility of bringing light to dark corners, flushing out a bunch of cockroaches or worse.

    Will it happen? I am not holding my breath but the prospect of corrupt politicians going to jail is appealing. Does anyone remember Dan Rostenkowski?

  10. I found this little gem in Wikipedia. It is a list of legislators convicted during the Obama years. No mention of Anthony Weiner. Note that most of them are Republicans:

    Chaka Fattah (D-PA) was convicted on 23 counts of racketeering, fraud, and other corruption charges. (2016)[8]
    Dennis Hastert (R-IL) Speaker of the United States House of Representatives pleaded guilty in court for illegally structuring bank transactions related to payment of $3.5 million to quash allegations of sexual misconduct with a student when he was a high school teacher and coach decades ago.[9] (2016)
    Michael Grimm (R-NY) pleaded guilty of felony tax evasion. This was the fourth count in a 20-count indictment brought against him for improper use of campaign funds. The guilty plea had a maximum sentence of three years; he was sentenced to eight months in prison. (2015)[10][11]
    Trey Radel (R-FL) was convicted of possession of cocaine in November 2013. As a first-time offender, he was sentenced to one year probation and fined $250. Radel announced he would take a leave of absence, but did not resign. Later, under pressure from a number of Republican leaders, he announced through a spokesperson that he would resign. (2013)[12][13][14]
    Rick Renzi (R-AZ) was found guilty on 17 of 32 counts against him June 12, 2013, including wire fraud, conspiracy, extortion, racketeering, money laundering and making false statements to insurance regulators. (2013)[15]
    Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) pleaded guilty February 20, 2013, to one count of wire and mail fraud in connection with his misuse of $750,000 in campaign funds. Jackson was sentenced to two and one-half years’ imprisonment. (2013)[16]
    Laura Richardson (D-CA) was found guilty on seven counts of violating US House rules by improperly using her staff to campaign for her, destroying the evidence and tampering with witness testimony. The House Ethics Committee ordered Richardson to pay a fine of $10,000. (2012)[17][18]

  11. philjourdan says:

    Ah, you said it! Damn. Yes, I think the Sessions dust up was merely setting a stage to get the left to back him, and that there was really nothing to it. Now that he is springing his trap on them, they are caught with quotes of total support while Sessions cuts them off at the knees.

    I read Pointman every week, and enjoy his UK view of American politics. While he is a conservative (American style), he is not American, so does bring a refreshing new view to the situation.

    Grab some popcorn, we are in for a real show! And one that almost all do not know the ending to until it gets there.

  12. Richard Ilfeld says:

    This is interesting.

    We all have strengths and weaknesses.

    If we are politicians, our truths are buried in a veil of lies.

    WE have had presidents who were master legislators who could govern through congress. Lyndon Johnson comes to mind. Playing to his strength. So these notions that Trump may be playing to his strengths here has the ring of plausibility. The genteel right will be publicly appalled at any attack on the Democrats. The main reason is probably that they want to preserve a generic respect for those out of office to avoid prosecution when their terms are up.

    But the left has been so viscous for so long that I think a majority will publicly demur but silently cheer.

    Trump understands Obama & his criminal government because they share the same background & skills in many ways. Strip away the fact that Trump got into making money in business and Obama got into making money through politics. So Trump’s wife and daughter do business things and Obama’s wife does a part time gig as a fake hospital admin for big bucks. They both played extensively with the con game of government coming up. They both lived an image they had created. They both ran as outsiders; it wasn’t Obama’s turn but he stole the nomination from HIllary. It certainly wasn’t Trump’s turn. They both self-promoted themselves on one big idea well apart from the traditional party platform baggage: Hope and Change (elect the first black president to assuage your guilt). Make America Great Again (cause the regular political folks are FUBAR).

    Obama went well beyond the law in many areas; IRS to stalking reporters, under the immunity of inability to criticise the ‘first black president’ without being a racist.

    It’s no trick for Trump to unwind the illegal and constitutionally dubious stuff. The Left & the media have worked hard to become active enemies. Congress has worked hard to look stupid. Trump may not be a policy wonk, which both thrills and terrifies the commentariet, but his history as an effective street fighter is well outside their experience.

    Like Gulliver in Lilliput, they probably feel they have tied him down with their many threads. I’ve already seen many articles proclaiming the end of his presidency.

    I’m reminded of the scene in Raiders of the lost ark – the bad guy threatens and flourishes, and finally a disgusted Harrison Ford simply pulls out a gun and shoots him.

    I wonder if there will be a leak when the solons of the Democratic party come creeping to the White House offering to call of Mueller if only Trump will rein in the DOJ.

  13. M Simon says:


    Dan Rostenkowski? I lived in his district.

  14. M Simon says:

    An excellent analysis of what Trump is up to and how he goes about it.

  15. Alexander K says:

    Here in New Zealand the MSM is also in full Trumpophobia mode: the daily ‘news’ programmes invariably contain at least one major anti-Trump item, but never any real meat such as the fall in the unemployment rate or the fall in illegal immigration, etc. or the increasing health of the US economy. I get very tired of the constant barrage of negativity about Trump but trust that it will cease when the Trump machine moves to the next phase of the battle.

  16. TA says:

    If a Special Counsel is established to investigate the Obama administration, the Special Counsel should be required to hire only lawyers who donated to Republicans, in order to balance out Special Counsel Mueller’s only hiring lawyers who supported or worked for Hillary Clinton or donated to Democrats. :)

    Investigating the criminality of the Obama administration would be a dream come true for me. The Special Counsel will have to hire a *lot* of lawyers because there is a lot of crime to be investigated. A lot of justice yet to be done.

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