In other words, for Trump to have a successful presidency he needed to cast aside the populists, nationalists or the very voters that provided his margin of victory. Generally, presidents seeking re-election work to expand their base, not contract it or create a completely different coalition, especially when the new coalition requires winning voters that have consistently shunned the GOP. Apparently, Trump bought into the strategy suggested by Scaramucci - no doubt with the help of Princess Ivanka. A few days after the interview was aired, Steve Bannon left the White House and the “forgotten man” was forgotten again.Read More
Yes, it is petty but effective. The legacy media pretty much ignored Pelosi and other Democrats enjoying the beaches, respectively, of Hawaii and Puerto Rico during the Christmas break instead of being in Washington negotiating a compromise to end the shutdown. The media couldn’t ignore this latest twist,Read More
Besides informing us that the GOP never had a plan to replace Obamacare, Steve Bannon joins the chorus advising the president to declare a national emergency and use the military to build the wall. Trump has no one to blame but himself for having fewer options now that the Democrats are in charge of the House. Building the wall should have been his number one priority. By waiting two years to push for the wall, Trump undermined his current argument that there is a crisis at the border. One does not wait two years to address a crisis or an emergency.Read More
Since president Obama, SOTU addresses have deteriorated from forgettable events to national embarrassments. The political division that plagues our country has overtaken basic courtesy and decorum. Heckling, justices falling asleep, the president rebuking other branches of government, stone faces, the political opposition sitting on its hands while members of the president’s party leap to standing ovations at the slightest pause in the speech. It is a spectacle not worthy of a great nation.Read More
Trump's showmanship delivered victory on the campaign trail but is the source of confusion at the White House.