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Memo to Sean Spicer, Rod Reisenstein, and Lindsay Graham: UM, OK.

Well, that escalated quickly. IDIOTS SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS!

"The President has accepted the recommendation of the Attorney General and the deputy Attorney General regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation," - Sean Spicer, probably not botching any of the words because he had an hour to practice in the mirror ahead of time.

So, yeah, that happened. The President just fired the FBI director who's investigating him. This (long Rachel Maddow pause preceding an obvious understatement) isn't good. Probably. I mean, it's definitely not good but it's so not good it might end up being good. But it'll be bad first. The confirmation hearings for Comey's replacement alone are going to be the kind of joke that makes you weep instead of laugh.

At the same time, there's no getting around the fact that firing the guy who's investigating you has one specific precedent in American history, and that's Nixon firing the special Watergate prosecutor. The optics couldn't be worse, but they did it anyway. It demonstrates either panic, hubris, or both. The only problem is, the limitations of hubris and panic are a lot smaller than they were in Nixon's time. But there's more.

"The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General's authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution." - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, not even pretending.

See, the weird thing is, I'd be happy with anyone else firing and replacing James Comey, because yesterday, it was revealed that when he justified his pre-election re-opening of the investigation of Hillary Clinton's e-mails, he lied out of his ass to Congress about how many e-mails were involved and how classified they were and just generally made it out to be a bigger deal than it was to seem like he totally should have done it, no matter how mildly nauseated it made him.

But that's not what they're saying. They're saying that Comey can't be trusted because, last summer, he let Clinton off the hook in regards to prosecuting her e-mails. And as we all know, that was the wrong move, because totally innocent of everything and not a bad guy at all Michael Flynn led a crowd of very nice, not sexist at all Republican delegates in a perfectly reasonable LOCK HER UP chant that was based on a preponderance of evidence that would have held up in any court in the land just like Trump's Muslim ban. It's part of their weird tendency to skip the helpful lie in favor of ideologically compatible bullshit.

"Given the recent controversies surrounding the director, I believe a fresh start will serve the FBI and the nation well," Graham continued. "I encourage the president to select the most qualified professional available who will serve our nation’s interests." - Noted Trump critic and drag queen based on Foghorn Leghorn Lindsay Graham.

In case you were wondering if any Republicans were going to balk at Trump's latest move out of any kind of principle, HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Wait, let me expand on that slightly. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

Special elections and 2018 and the courts, folks. That's all you can count on. You can't count on investigations or Congress or the conscience of decent, principled Republicans to bring Trump down. All you can do is let them keep disgusting the electorate and angering people so that they remember to take a few hours out of their day and fucking vote in two Novembers. That keeps being true and nothing else matters.