Sunday, January 29, 2017
If You Read Only One Article This Week...
... let it be this one.
In the wake of the US presidential election, one of the key questions repeated on both sides of the political aisle (conservatives out of bewildered delight, and liberals out of abject despair), is how the hell Donald Trump - a man who both sides considered to be a highly improbable candidate, albeit for very different reasons - managed to get elected to the highest office in the land.
To this day, I think almost everyone who has tried to answer that question has gotten it dead wrong... until now.
While knowing the reason(s) behind 'The Donald's' ascent won't provide his fans or foes with much of a foothold (or comfort), this article (IMHO) provides a Rosetta Stone for anyone - regardless of the political language they speak - to understand how we got to where we are today.
I can't think of too many things that will be more important today than finding the time to read this article.
Prepare to have your conventional wisdom challenged.
Hat tip to SWMBO
Posted by David Bogner on January 29, 2017 | Permalink
David, Interesting article. A view I had not considered. Food for thought, at least.
Trump was one thing in the Republican primaries, another in the Presidential election, and still another as President-elect and President. He has no ideology. He has goals and exercises pragmatic methods to achieve those goals. He is not bound to any approach; if one fails, he will try another. A French approach to politics.
And he sleeps only 4 hours a night. This means he works more than anyone else in DC. Never forget that while his enemies sleep he is working on new ways to defeat them.
He is not new. This happened before with Andrew Jackson. Like Trump, Jackson was a populist who swept into office as the candidate of a convenient political party.
Trump had no coattails in 2016: no one rode into office following Trump, so no one is beholden to him. Bush II crafted coattails in 2002. I am curious to see if Trump does something like that in 2018.
For Israel, the Trump presidency is a good thing. Trump believes Israel is an ally, and he will honor that alliance with more than words. Trump dismisses the 'leading from behind' BS of Foggy Bottom. I shall not be surprised if he fires everybody in the State Department.
Like a friend of mine said, "Trump makes me nervous, but Clinton scares the crap out of me."
Posted by: antares | Jan 29, 2017 1:12:57 PM
No this one is the one to read
Posted by: Jake | Feb 3, 2017 4:28:37 AM