Wednesday, October 18, 2017


The nondescript Venezuelan Poodle Moth            The  Flannel Moth pussy caterpillar, Megalopyge opercularis 
The  probable  failure of  some of  President Trump's  EPA and DOE nominees to secure  confirmation  by the Senate raises an interesting structural civics question: once an adminstration runs out of nominees from the bottom of the  pork barrel where can it turn  for yet more political cannon fodder?

The answer may  be that Capitol Hill time-servers seldom reject nominees who strongly resemble those in high office, which in President Trump's  case, makes for a very short list/
It can only be extended beyond Alec Baldwin by turning to the biodiversity of tropical wetlands beyond the fever swamps of the Potomac.

Besides its uncanny phenotypic resemblence to Vice President Pence, the Venezuelan  Poodle  Moth is easily captured, as it is irresistably drawn to tiki torches. As is a MAGA  hat-worthy Megalopygid called the Flannel Moth  Pussy Caterpillar which is the spitting image of our  Chief Executive's hair :

Both  of  these  tropical species  are  marching North  towards the District of Columbia in lock step with rising global temperatures, and may be expected to follow in the footsteps of the prickly pear cacti that colonized NewYork Harbor in the 1950's. Once there, they will soon be enfranchised to vote for Mayor de Blasio like all the other immigrants before them. It but remains for the Senate to prepare for that contingency by appointing these remarkable creatures as Acting Deputy Assistant Undersecretaries  before their relatives arrive.