We stand on the Eve of Destruction -- inauguration day
The roads in Washington, D.C. are starting to close this morning, but no one knows why as it appears very few people are coming for the inauguration. The Saturday protest against Trump is expected to be four or five times larger than the inauguration crowd, and no one can recall an Inauguration Day protest ever being held before. I think this is a first.
In fact, the Trump folks have screwed this up so badly, that they can't even book a Bruce Springsteen cover band and they are, literally, giving away ball tickets in the hope that somebody will show up.
Jennifer Holiday was booked, but cancelled after she found out who Trump actually is, and so the three "big" acts left are Three Doors Down (America's version of Nickelback), Lee Greenwood (whose last hit was 25 years ago), and the faded country loudmouth Toby Keith. In addition, we have Youtube "star" Jackie Evancho, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and at least some of the Rockettes. If you think "Branson, Missouri matinee on the Potomac," you have it about right. The best acts are likely to be the D.C. Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, the Republican Hindu Coalition, and the Montgomery Area High School Marching Band. Not making that up. Those are headliners.
Pretty much everyone has said no to Trump, including Céline Dion, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Garth Brooks, Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Moby, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, and Charlotte Church. It seems standing next to the political equivalent of a garbage dump fire is not seen as either a fun time or a career-maker. Who knew?
As of 5 days ago, only 393 charter bus permits had been requested for the inauguration on the 20th, while all of the city's 1,200 available charter bus parking spaces at RFK Stadium have been booked and filled for the Women's March to be held Jan. 21, and even more buses are being parked across the river in Maryland and Virginia.
A normal Presidential inaugaration parade lasts for 3 or 4 hours, but this one is scheduled for 90 minutes, which may be an hour too long.
The Shit Show is about to start.