Nixon had a tape gap; Reagan, a memory gap; now, Trump faces an Incompetence Gap

❝ I just read that the Trump administration has filled only 22 of the 553 key positions that require Senate confirmation. This makes me worry that the administration will not have enough manpower to produce the same volume and standard of incompetence that we’ve come to expect so far.

❝ Granted, in its first few months the administration has produced an impressive amount of ineptitude with very few people.

On his worst days Sean Spicer can produce more errors than 10 normal men on their best days. Kellyanne Conway can flail her way through television confrontations 24/7 and still have the stamina to lose to the Teletubbies on Saturday morning…

❝ But can this last? By midsummer, during the high vacation and indictment season, we could see empty hallways in the West Wing and a disorienting incompetence shortage emanating from Washington…

❝ Now I’m not underestimating the president’s own capacity for carrying on in an incompetent manner almost indefinitely. I don’t think we’ve reached peak Trump.

Nor do I think we’ve approached anything like an imminent proto-fascist takeover of our nation. After all, the Bikers for Trump never produced as many murders as a Rolling Stones concert. Trump’s dedicated fans in the Nazi and white-supremacist crowd still couldn’t fill the average minor league baseball stadium for a rally. The illiterate and uneducated continue to miss out on Il Duce’s Twitter storms – left to rely on Alex Jones and cable television for guidance.

We’ll just have to wait and watch. Consider our options. While Trump’s life-size imitation of a margarine-stuffed piñata flails back at reality. Perhaps imploding in the end.

RTFA for the rest of David Brook’s subtle satire.

Student investigation into principal’s credentials — lead to resignation

❝ Connor Balthazor, 17, was in the middle of study hall when he was called into a meeting with his high school newspaper adviser.

A group of reporters and editors from the student newspaper, the Booster Redux at Pittsburg High School in southeastern Kansas, had gathered to talk about Amy Robertson, who was hired as the high school’s head principal on March 6.

❝ The student journalists had begun researching Robertson, and quickly found some discrepancies in her education credentials. For one, when they researched Corllins University, the private university where Robertson said she got her master’s and doctorate degrees years ago, the website didn’t work. They found no evidence that it was an accredited university…

The students began digging into a weeks-long investigation that would result in an article published Friday questioning the legitimacy of the principal’s degrees and of her work as an education consultant.

On Tuesday night, Robertson resigned

❝ The resignation thrust the student newspaper staff into local, state and national news, with professional journalists nationwide applauding the students for asking tough questions and prompting change in their administration.

“Everybody kept telling them, ‘stop poking your nose where it doesn’t belong,’” newspaper adviser Emily Smith told The Post. But with the encouragement of the superintendent, the students persisted…

Nice to know that even in a state with politicians as smarmy as Sam Brownback and his tame state legislature – principled actions are still protected by existing law. High school journalists are protected from censorship. More important, they did the work the school board should have done.

RTFA for the details. Worth it.