This NY Times story just dials up the through-the-looking-glass nature of the Pumpkin presidency to 11.

President Pumpkin with cabinet members at the White House on Monday, in a meeting in which they paid tribute to him one by one. Credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Pres. Pumpkin called a cabinet meeting to collect flattery from his Secretaries.  (just let that roll around on the tongue for a moment before continuing.) At that meeting, with a press audience, he said,

I will say that never has there been a president, with few exceptions — in the case of F.D.R. he had a major Depression to handle — who’s passed more legislation, who’s done more things than what we’ve done... We’ve been about as active as you can possibly be and at a just about record-setting pace.

The NYT, still somewhat anchored in reality, then pointed out that Pumpkin

...has yet to sign any major legislation since taking office. His effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was delayed after a failed first attempt, and his administration is months away from unveiling either a major tax cut package or the sweeping infrastructure plan he has promised.

Then the oaths of loyalty and declarations of praise commenced.  Reince Priebus possibly won the day,  offering this gilded turd: “We thank you for the opportunity and the blessing to serve your agenda.”  zOMFSM, read the whole story for more.  If you have a strong stomach.

Of course, Priebus' job is rumored to be in danger.  He'll probably be out of work by Labor Day, to make a conservative estimate.  He likely doesn't think so but I think that will be the real blessing.

This article was updated on May 9, 2023

David F