Michael Flynn was like a shooting star across Donald Trump’s firmament. Short and not so sweet. Seems like just yesterday when Trump was calling him “an invaluable asset to me and my administration.”
In fact, he has left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, showing that you can spend 33 years in the military and still come out smelling like a jerkweed.
As George Takei quipped, “Flynn hopes to win the Immunity Challenge, but in “Survivor: White House” America gets to vote all those bastards off the island.”
If there are five takeaways from this whole deplorable mess, I would like to offer up these for consideration:
1. SINGING LIKE A CANARY
There is so much to say about Michael Flynn suddenly asking for immunity in exchange for singing like a canary.
Oh, and speaking of canaries, Flynn’s act gave George W. Bush’s ethics lawyer, Richard Painter an idea:
Renaming my kids' pet canary bird General Flynn.
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) March 31, 2017
2. WHERE’s YOUR FAKE NEWS NOW, DONALD TRUMP?
Ted Lieu (D-CA), meanwhile, couldn’t resist sticking to Donald Trump asking,
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 31, 2017
Yeah. Wouldn’t wanna be Donald Trump now. He’s definitely hitting the links this weekend.
3. FAMOUS LAST WORDS
Hey, remember when Michael Flynn said, “When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime”?
Here's that video—Mike Flynn in September 2016: "When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime." pic.twitter.com/HqzmQrUPGy
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 31, 2017
Oh dear. And he’s right. As the House Intelligence Committee’s Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) told MSNBC last night, “Innocent people don’t ask for immunity.”
4. LOCK HER UP! DON’T LOCK ME UP!
And AM Joy’s Joy Reid also found herself making a trip down memory lane:
I'm old enough to remember Mike Flynn leading chants of "lock her up!" at the RNC convention … https://t.co/gyM5c98bU3
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 30, 2017
If immunity is offered, the deal should include that Michael Flynn must watch this video at least 5 times per day for the rest of his life. pic.twitter.com/fddLfjVMYB
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) March 31, 2017
5. PUTIN’S SOLUTION FOR NO-LONGER-USEFUL TOOLS
Of course, hypocrisy – even guilt – are not Michael Flynn’s most pressing worries right now, given Putin’s habit of disposing of no-longer-useful tools:
Screen-cap of Mike Flynn's current computer screen: pic.twitter.com/R3N7cG35gh
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) March 31, 2017
No. Really wouldn’t wanna be Michael Flynn right now. Flynn told that RNC crowd if he’d done a tenth of what Hillary Clinton did “I would be in jail today.”
Bowers joked that “Mike Flynn went from ‘Lock her up!’ to ‘DON’T LOCK ME UP!!!!’ with head-spinning rapidity” but with Putin’s agents toting a good supply of Polonium-210 he might come to realize there are worse things than jail.
Honestly, from working with the Russkies to get his boss elected to denying he even talked to the Russkies to potentially being hunted by the Russkies…it’s hard to imagine a better end to the career of a conspiracy theorist.
Photo: Screen capture, RNC
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.