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You go great ready for Pence 2024. I don’t think you will have a lot of company. Pence clearly has no political base outside of the Republican Party. He doesn’t have the same appeal to the fringe that Trump has – only to the social conservatives.August 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm in reply to: 'Art of the Deal' ghostwriter predicts Trump will resign #31310
There are a lot of things coming down the pike in Congress this fall: a budget bill, and raising the debt ceiling, for starters. It should be interesting to see the twisted logic on raising it from all of those Republicans who insisted during the Obama years that we shouldn’t do it – because of course they have to. You have to pay the credit card bill when it comes due.
But will there be some drama, or will it be routine? Will there be things that anger Democrats even more?
Remember, no matter how “grave” Trump’s presidency may be, he can still sign some rotten bills from this Republican congress, if he wants to. And he still has the power to ruin Obamacare by stopping payments of some of the subsidies, which would force a lot of working poor to drop their insurance and see rates for the rest go up by about 20%. He can do a lot of damage…August 17, 2017 at 10:29 pm in reply to: 'Art of the Deal' ghostwriter predicts Trump will resign #31308
I don’t see anything “grave” at all about Trump’s presidency. It looks bleak as far as him achieving anything for his base. Fighting with the leaders in Congress of your own party when your own approval ratings are so low is about the stupidest thing he could do. But that doesn’t mean they are about to impeach him.
The only thing he really has to fear is a really damaging outcome from Mueller’s investigation – and even that’s not a given. Even if Mueller recommends indictments for some members of Trump’s campaign, that doesn’t mean it will threaten Trump’s presidency at all.
Only if Mueller recommends indicting Trump (e.g. for obstruction of justice and an impeachment to make that possible) would Trump really be in “grave” danger at this point.
But Mueller may come back without recommending any indictments – and Trump could just keep scraping the bottom, hiring and firing new people and fighting with Congress and accomplishing nothing, for the rest of his term.
Yeah, maybe Jimmy Carter will run again in 2020. 😉
Trump himself is creating these “fake crises.” His low approval ratings are due to self-infected actions: chaotic hiring and firing in the White House, ill-thought out comments.
Presidents usually get low approval ratings because of things like a lousy economy. Trump inherited a booming economy and his approval ratings are awful. Unbelievable.August 17, 2017 at 10:10 pm in reply to: 'Art of the Deal' ghostwriter predicts Trump will resign #31303
Trump’s approval rating among Republicans is still at 79% as of last week, according to Gallup. But, it is down to 29% among independents – bad news for sure if that holds til next November:August 17, 2017 at 10:07 pm in reply to: 'Art of the Deal' ghostwriter predicts Trump will resign #31302
I don’t know if he will resign or not. But, I don’t see it in his nature, and it sure doesn’t seem imminent to me. Trump knows that resigning is giving up – he’ll always be labeled a “quitter,” like Nixon. I think he’d rather just not run for re-election (though it seems he already has a 2020 campaign going). Make an excuse not to run again? But it’s hard to make an excuse to resign.
I think his chances of being re-elected are getting slimmer, even with a good economy. But it’s really going to depend who the Democrats nominate.August 17, 2017 at 9:56 pm in reply to: 'Art of the Deal' ghostwriter predicts Trump will resign #31298
Schwartz has been saying the same thing since at least May, in almost the same words. So if you think something has happened recently to convince Schwartz that Trump’s presidency is now over, you’re wrong.
I actually do hope he’s wrong: I don’t want a Mike Pence presidency at the end of the year. I want Trump to hang on until at least November 2018 to give the Dems a shot at re-taking the Congress. If Trump resigns soon, Pence will have plenty of time to work with Congress to pass a whole bunch of (bad) legislation. Working together instead of fighting, they might actually hold Congress in 2018 and set up Pence for a 2020 election.
Bacon, here’s a first-person account from Charlottesville, who claims Trump’s claims of violence from the “alt-left” are complete bullshit. They were purely defensive. But, I suppose anyone that contradicts The Leader must be part of the “alt-left” or the “anti-Trump media.”
On Friday night, hundreds of white supremacists and neo-fascists had a torchlight march across the University of Virginia’s campus, a place to which they had not been invited. They openly chanted fascist slogans like “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us”.
When they reached a much smaller group of counter-protesters gathered around a statue of Thomas Jefferson, they surrounded them, hurled verbal abuse and then commenced beating them with lit torches and fists, and using pepper spray on them. Some protesters told me they had been sprayed with lighter fluid while naked flames burned all around them.
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Some of the people trapped around the statue responded with fists and pepper spray, but their actions, and their posture, was entirely defensive from the start.
The “alt-right”, on the other hand, came prepared for violence, and they were spoiling for it.
That night, it was not the left that “came charging, with clubs in their hands”. Quite the contrary.
It will be interesting to see how your predictions pan out, Paul. Let’s check back Saturday evening and see how you did!
Bacon: “I think the left is looking for any excuse to be outraged.”
Really? By the “left” you mean Paul Ryan? Ted Cruz? George H. W. Bush? George W. Bush? Mitt Romney? They all spoke out about the violence – in clear, unequivocal terms, not violence “on both sides.” Americans expect their president to denounce Nazis and white supremacists with no ambiguity.
There were also some “bad Jews” during World War II. So, you know, when talking about the Holocaust, let’s talk about the problems on “both sides” and make a moral equivalence. What do you think?
I suspect Trump intentionally avoids condemning a bombing at a mosque or white supremacist violence not just because of how his base feels but because he knows it will drive liberals nuts – and he knows his base loves THAT! In other words: I think he’s trolling.
Franklin Graham is intentionally trying to change the subject to a “strawman” – arguing against what people aren’t even saying.
People are angry at Trump not because they hold him responsible for the violence but because he hasn’t spoken up against the white supremacists who caused it. Instead, he issued an intentionally watered down statement pretending that “both sides” were responsible for it. Bullshit; only one side was violent. Condemn it. Even Ted Cruz did.
Trump has been too busy not condemning the mosque bombing in Minnesota last week to condemn the latest violence.