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This Presidency Is Failing -- and Stunningly

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In the aftermath of the GOP health care debacle came a revealing act of candor. House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted that his party, which controls the House, Senate and White House, is not yet a "governing party" because it could not "get 216 people to agree with each other on how we do things."

Since the rise of the tea party, there have been perhaps 30 members of the House -- the Freedom Caucus -- who have been consistently unwilling to vote for center-right policy because their anti-government convictions are unappeasable. Incited and abetted by conservative media, they made Speaker John Boehner's life a living hell, and have greeted Ryan with sharpened pitchforks.

So a party at the peak of its political fortunes is utterly paralyzed. A caucus in control of everything is itself uncontrollable.

Heading into the 2016 election, Republicans knew that this problem -- the tea party predicament, the Freedom Caucus conundrum, the Boehner bog -- had to be dealt with. The GOP needed a large and capable leader who could either unite the whole party (at least temporarily) with a bold, unifying conservative vision, or peel off some centrist Democratic support with innovative policy. They needed an above-average president.

What they got is unimaginably distant from any of these goals. They got a leader who is empty -- devoid of even moderately detailed preferences and incapable of using policy details in the course of political persuasion.

Republicans got a leader who is impatient and easily distracted -- by cable news on the Russian scandal or by Arnold Schwarzenegger's TV ratings. The content and consequences of his tweets are bad enough; worse is the disordered personality traits they reveal -- vindictiveness, shallowness and lack of discipline. Trump spent a total of 18 days on his health care bill before demanding a vote. And he made no speech to the nation to advance his ideas -- as every other recent president would have done.

Republicans got an administration that is incompetent. The White House policy process has been erratic and disorganized. It has failed to provide expert analysis and assistance to Congress and did little to effectively advocate the president's policy in ways that unite the party.

Republicans got an administration that is morally small. Trump's proposed budget would require massive cuts in disease research, global development and agricultural programs -- just as a famine gathers a hideous strength. The proposed budget practices random acts of gratuitous cruelty.

This is a pretty bad combination: empty, easily distracted, vindictive, shallow, impatient, incompetent and morally small. This is not the profile of a governing party.




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Nice catch, Telstar.

And the guy that wrote that, Michael Gerson, is serious conservative. He was a speechwriter for Bush 43, a senior policy advisor for The Heritage Foundation--no squishy liberal outfit there--and is a devoted Evangelical.

All I can say is WOW! The next few months are sure gonna be fun to watch.

Won't be long before it's Bannon's turn in the barrel.

It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that the pundits were tolling the death knell for the Democrats.

...therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee, sport.

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del.capslock wrote:

Nice catch, Telstar.

And the guy that wrote that, Michael Gerson, is serious conservative. He was a speechwriter for Bush 43, a senior policy advisor for The Heritage Foundation--no squishy liberal outfit there--and is a devoted Evangelical.

All I can say is WOW! The next few months are sure gonna be fun to watch.

Won't be long before it's Bannon's turn in the barrel.

It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that the pundits were tolling the death knell for the Democrats.

...therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee, sport.



LOL funny you mention it. The guy who posted it on the all right forum I belong to took heat from the other members for posting what they called a "leftest hit piece." saying that Gerson hates Trump for wanting to do conservative things. I must say it's fun watching the conservatives and the republicans try to devour each other.

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Thanks for posting this, Tel. It's spot on. Personally, I can't see anything "fun" about what's happening to our nation courtesy of this horrific administration -- if one can even call it that.

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RealLindaL wrote:Thanks for posting this, Tel.  It's spot on.  Personally, I can't see anything "fun" about what's happening to our nation courtesy of this horrific administration -- if one can even call it that.


The only bright side will be that perhaps this will wake more Americans up to the dangers of voting republicans and conservatives into office. 1928, 1968, 1980, 2000...it happens every time. America suffers when they win elections. Twisted Evil

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