Make ‘em an offer they can’t refuse

Make 'em an offer they can't refuse

by digby

Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract. That's a true story.

Trump's new economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Trump's tariffs
, who appears to be back on his 100k a month blow habit:

"It’s a Trumpian way of negotiating. You knock them in the teeth and get their attention. And then you kind of work out a deal and I think that's what he’s done. My hats off to him. He had me really worried. Now I’m not.”
That's not negotiating. That's something else entirely.

And the success of that particular "tactic" depends on the other guys not knocking you in the teeth right back. Or pulling out a gun and shooting you.

What in the hell is wrong with these people? Do they really believe that the United States is an invincible gangster state that can do anything it wants? Uhm. We're not.

You know what happened to Luca Brasi, right?