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
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
“Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?” mused Henry II, and a knight seeking royal favor murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket in the cathedral at Canterbury. Nixon’s muttering led not to Canterbury, but to Watergate." -- writer John Aloysius Farrell, in a well-written, well-researched piece on the tragedy of Richard Nixon. Conservative columnist Michael Gerson … Continue reading Of King Henry II, Nixon and Trump
With the support of three Democratic senators up for re-election in 2018 -- Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia -- Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch won Senate confirmation, 54-45. It was a major victory for Trump, and validation for those conservatives who reluctantly voted for … Continue reading Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Wins Approval
With the defeat in Congress of efforts to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, Donald Trump must face his third major loss in little over two months in office. Two of his executive orders banning immigration by Muslims have been struck down by the courts, and now Republican health care proposals are revealed to be fraudulent. The GOP … Continue reading Trump is 0-3 After 64 Days