Rex, we hardly knew ye

The circus continues:

President Trump said Tuesday he has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate outreach that includes possible talks with North Korea.

Trump and Tillerson have had a fraught relationship for many months. Trump told reporters Tuesday that he ultimately decided to fire the secretary because they disagreed over strategy in key areas of foreign policy, such as the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the approach to North Korea and the overall tone of U.S. diplomacy.

Tillerson said he received a call from Trump around noon Tuesday, more than three hours after his firing was first reported by The Washington Post and announced minutes later in a tweet from the president.

Tillerson was probably the worst secretary of state in my lifetime. But his boss is still a douche for not telling him he was fired until three hours after it was reported.


This is your reminder

From economist Brad Delong, who understands numbers;

Note to Self: This is your reminder:

  • 178.4 180.8 million people are represented by the 48 49 senators who caucus with the Democrats.
  • 144.1 141.7 million people are represented by the 52 51 senators who caucus with the Republicans.
  • 65.9 million people voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tim Kaine to be their president and vice president
  • 63.0 million people voted for Donald Trump and Mike Pence to be their president and vice president.

Numbers don’t lie. Republicans do.