Letters purporting to be from Gen. George Washington casting doubt on the ability of Americans to defeat the British, and expressing regret in the declaration of independence, were forgeries. But they haunted Washington for the rest of his career. More.
Trump's pulling out of the Paris climate deal "adds passion to the left, which brings us one step closer to Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi,” says Republican consultant John Weaver of Ohio. It means "real trouble for our party." It will mean new money and new energy to oppose those who think global warming is a hoax. … Continue reading Withdrawal from Paris Climate Deal Pleases Small Businesses, Energizes Environmental Activists
"...We’ve learned that 9 percent of Barack Obama’s voters flipped to Trump, including 22 percent of Obama’s non–college educated white voters. That’s what matters most. There are plenty of non-deplorables out there." -- Michael Tomasky, "Elitism Is Liberalism's Big Problem," New Republic. Liberals, he writes, "haven’t made their peace with middle America. Which is a pretty … Continue reading 9% of Obama Supporters Voted for Trump
Former GOP House Speaker John Boehner calls Trump's presidency "a complete disaster," but Trump seems to be holding his core supporters. I try to put myself in the mindset of people who voted for Trump and now or will soon regret it. The 1976 election was a hold-your-breath squeaker, and some people who supported Jimmy Carter over … Continue reading What Will It Take for Trump Supporters to See the Error of Their Ways?
Maybe I'm a cock-eyed optimist, but if we and the world survive Trump, he may be the best thing to happen to the Republican Party, destroying the march-in-lockstep tribal loyalty, group think, unity based only on hatred of liberals and Democrats, and maybe they will realize that there are things worse than electing a Democrat … Continue reading Cock-eyed Optimist’s View of Trump
I cannot remember any historical parallel where a new president faced such legal challenges so early. Even the besieged Jimmy Carter had an eight-month honeymoon of popularity before the Bert Lance "scandal" erupted and valued aide Lance was forced to resign. He was eventually cleared of wrongdoing, but not until 1980. A special counsel was … Continue reading No Historical Parallel to Trump’s Disastrous Start
The conservative movement and Republican Party seem to be imploding with infighting over Donald Trump. Less than four months after Donald Trump took office, at least two Republican members of Congress are floating the idea of Trump's impeachment (Source: Breitbart.com). Others are fantasizing about President Mike Pence. Conservative discussion boards are fraught with infighting, criticism of … Continue reading Conservative/Republican Angst Is Just Desserts