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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Politico starts to catch on about Trump

For two years, the press has underestimated President Trump. They failed to learn when he clinched the nomination on May 4. They failed to learn when he won the presidency on November 8.

But some are beginning to catch on now, Shane Goldmacher and Eli Stokols of Politico seem to.

From their story in Politico:
Donald Trump's first two weeks have been a frenetic sprint that has unsettled Washington and left a rattled world wondering what’s next.
Trump's White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is the provocateur who has engineered the historically disruptive opening gambit of executive orders, diplomatic upheaval, Twitter attacks and continuing attacks on the media.
The strategy? To send one deafening message that rings louder than all the seeming commotion: Trump is bringing a sledgehammer to the status quo.
“People want change,” as White House spokesman Sean Spicer said this week. “President Trump is delivering that change.”
Now of course, this is not news.

President Trump's stirring inauguration speech promised the same, uncompromising uprising that he campaigned on.

Trump wants change.

The American people want change.

And they are impatient.

More from Politico:
“Remember when Trump and Clinton talked about stamina during the debate? Turns out it was a question for the rest of us,” said Ann Marie Lipinski, curator at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. “You can’t walk away from your phone without fear of missing something significant that’s just transpired. None of it feels like normal figuring out. It all feels like a traumatic condition.”
Ha ha ha.

Journalists and their indoctrinators at Harvard want a safe space.

Suddenly reporting is work and it is not fun anymore.

Trump is doing three things: 1. Doing what he promised -- fast, 2. Overwhelming his critics, and 3. Making them look like banshees who constantly shriek.

His enemies in the press are calling Time Out. He pushes full speed ahead.

The reaction overseas is a delight as well.

From Politico:
European Union leaders went so far as to describe the United States now as a “threat.” European Council President Donald Tusk wrote in a blunt open letter that Trump was “seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy.”

America will no longer pick up the military tab for Europe.

Uncle Sugar is saying no.

But mainly, the press, the rioters and all the other Democrats are protesting, while President Trump actually does things.

From Politico:
Trump’s team has sought to use such Democratic rhetoric against their opponents. “You can't even — there is no gradation of hysteria,” Conway said on Fox on Thursday. “It’s everything makes them cry and scream.”
At the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, the president positioned himself once again as the healer of what he described in his inaugural address as a state of “American carnage.”
“The world is in trouble, but we're going to straighten it out, okay? That's what I do. I fix things. We're going to straighten it out,” he said, with full 206 weeks remaining in his first term. “Believe me.”
We shall see how this works out in the mid-terms.


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  1. European Union leaders went so far as to describe the United States now as a “threat.”

    Considering their blasé and condescending attitude toward the U.S. these past some years I find it thoroughly satisfying that they are feeling threatened. Perhaps the combination of being overwhelmed by Musselman invaders and President Trump's lack of patience with their posturing the Europeans will be shaken from their torpor and join the real world. The U.S. pulled their chestnuts out of the fire twice in the last 100 years. They should be very worried that we may not do it a third time. - Elric

    1. That takes a special type of unself-awareness to say that while they prove the European Empire to be a gigantic bureaucracy embodying [Robert] Conquests 3rd Law.

      "3. The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies."

    2. The leaders of Western Europe (sans Britain) might be upset with Trump, but the leaders of the Eastern bloc don't seem to be. Quite the opposite. They're probably as exasperated by the condescension of the overbearing Belgian bureaucrats as Trump is.

  2. Need a letter for correction here: "He pushes
    *fill* speed ahead."

    Politico does seem to have a sniff of a clue...which is a start.

  3. As you know, Don, I was not on the Trump train. I doubted, given his history, he would do half what he said he would. I can admit when I am wrong, and I was wrong about Trump, at least so far. His moves on regulation alone are worth the price of the ticket.

    1. I had faith in your ability to see the light

  4. "Trump is doing three things . . ."

    Actually Trump is also doing a fourth thing. He is establishing the first impression of his administration; that is, doing what he promised and quick action. I don't expect that his administration will be able to keep this pace up fro four years, but it won't matter. The first impression is being set as we speak, and even if the Trump administration slows down a bit, or hits obstacles (e.g., the current judicial decisions against his immirgation EO) it is that first impression of quick decisive action and keeping his word that will be the hallmark of his administration.

    As I sit back and watch (and chuckle day after day) I am becoming convinced that Trump is absolutely brilliant in how he manages his his administration. I would never bet against the American economy, and now, I would never bet against Donald Trump.

    1. I agree. It is an awesome comment.
      By the way, "Trump the Establishment" ends, "Never bet against Donald John Trump."
      Like minds

    2. Doing things quickly is not a substitute for doing them correctly. Trump needs to do both. If some of his actions result in disasters or failures, he will be an easy target for critics who have wanted to portray him as reckless and are looking for opportunities to enforce that impression for voters, whether it's a fair one or not. The blowback from the courts regarding his immigration ban is an example. The 9th judicial circuit is very liberal and it's always possible in a review of the recent decision that puts a halt to the ban the 9th Circuit court could depart from every single precedent it has ever set on essentially identical legal questions and choose to uphold the lower court. Courts paid deference to Obama in ways they will never pay to Trump, you can count on it.

    3. From Amazon (a review?) Read this and tell me it doesn'tsound like Donald Trump--even down to the one minute messages (Tweets):

      For the 3d U.S. Army under General Patton, VE Day marked the end of 281 days of constant battle in the heart of Europe. During this time it engaged in every type of combat except "defensive." This fine-grained study chronicles the day-by-day situations which developed and the tactics applied for their successful solution. Amidst the chaos of war, the story told here reveals the unflagging energy of experienced staff, the sterling ability of the commanders in the field, and, above all, the fighting heart of the American soldier. The author, Charles M. Province, is president and founder of The George S. Patton, Jr. Historical Society and the author of "The Unknown Patton" and "Patton's One-Minute Messages."

    4. @T- wonderful, incisive comment!

      @Iapetus- President Trump may do things exactly and legally, according to the Constitution and statute law; but the 9th Circus Court often doesn't. There is a good reason why they are by far and away the most overruled Court of any of the circuit courts, and that reason is that they follow their liberal inclinations no matter what, and regardless of written law, historical precedent, or common sense.

  5. I understand the EU's pain. How will they support millions and millions of new welfare clients from the Middle East and still increase their military spending to protect themselves?

    1. The U.S. subsidizing their national defense for so many years is one of the major reasons they have been able to dabble is "successful" socialism for so long. The left looks to Europe and says "we should be like them." Well, we could be like them if someone was subsidizing our national defense too. They forget that we're paying their bills as well as own which frees up billions of euros with which to do other things.

    2. You are correct. They do pay some of our "bills" contrary to what some people write, but their total expenditures are much less than ours. Heck, the French don't have transport to carry their troop by air and partially by sea.

    3. You are correct. They do pay some of our "bills" contrary to what some people write, but their total expenditures are much less than ours. Heck, the French don't have transport to carry their troop by air and partially by sea.