Her column today is a hoot!
If Democrats have a brain in their head, they’ll let Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch sail through the Senate. He’s too attractive. He has been frank and respectful in his meetings with them. He’s been candid about the man who nominated him, Donald Trump, to the reported irritation of the president. He is a thinker of clear conservative leanings who cannot be painted as radical because he’s radical as warm milk. His decisions tend to be plain, direct yet highly literate; in one he diagrammed a sentence. He’s a friendly persuader with a serious intellectual background (Marshall Scholar at Oxford) and personal dignity.
Sharp and uniform opposition to him would look radical.
Democrats should make critical or reserved speeches at the confirmation hearings next month and then softly vote yes. They should make a show of their desire to be fair, impartial, Constitution-minded. Then they should try to kill the next nomination as a bridge too far, while hiding behind the good faith they showed in accepting Judge Gorsuch.Thank goodness Miss Noonan is not advising President Trump.
Not that he would heed her.
She does not get him. I don't think she wants to.
This president doesn’t argue, he only announces. He asserts. Previous presidents in their early speeches were always making the case for a certain advancement. Not to do so is a waste of the biggest mic in the world.He's already argued, though. For the wall, for the extreme vetting, for the tax cuts, et cetera. He won the debate. Now he is doing the job.
And yes, in each announcement, he includes his argument. It really is no different than Barack Obama or Bill Clinton when they began.
Reagan and the Bushes were more cautious. That's because they did not control Congress when they began (although Bush 43 held a 50/50 Senate for a few months until Jim Jeffords flipped).
Trump has a Republican Congress, a luxury no incoming Republican has enjoyed since Eisenhower. Why not use it? Democrats sure do.
Like many in the Washington Establishment, Noonan does not wish to believe Trump is a Republican or that he is the leader of "their" party, but he is. They failed. We handed him the party.
Her advice to Democrats to go along to get along is misplaced. She needs to tell Republicans that.
Beginning with herself.
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