No Historical Parallel to Trump’s Disastrous Start

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 →

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Hillary Clinton Won Larger Percentage Or Higher Margin of Vote Than 14 Presidents

Hillary Clinton won, in the final tally, nearly three million more votes than Donald Trump, about the same number as Barack Obama did in 2012, and 48.2 percent of the vote compared to Trump's 46.1 percent. She won a larger percentage or margin of the popular vote than 14 (about one third) of US presidents --... Continue Reading →

Presidents Can’t Seem to Change Government Bureaucracies

“National Security and Double Government,” a book by Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon, suggests presidents can't change certain policies, particularly involving national security, no matter how hard they try. In the 2008 campaign, Obama promised to end the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping, close Guantanamo Bay and scrap or reform the Patriot Act. Yet he could... Continue Reading →

Political Life Isn’t Natural

"The political mind is the product of men in public life who have been twice spoiled. They have been spoiled with praise and they have been spoiled with abuse. With them, nothing is natural, everything is artificial." -- Calvin Coolidge wrote, after his presidency. (Tip of the hat to New York Times columnist David Brooks for... Continue Reading →

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