How does anything the Democrats have done explain why he decided to unveil a military policy via Twitter when neither the military nor the President’s own press office was prepared to answer detailed questions about what he meant and no one on the relevant congressional oversight committees had been told?
That was just one example of a totally avoidable (and presumably impulsive*) mistake that doesn’t belong to anyone but the President.
*(I do not like to think what he’d consider a good reason for doing it that way.)
OK, I’ll bite. What have the Democrats done that is more disturbing than the reason Mr. Trump gave for firing Comey (he said he decided to fire him because he didn’t like the Russia investigation) and the way he has chosen to treat the Attorney General?
They don’t have the relevance he does. I really fail to see what they can do that rises to what he’s been doing, simply because they are the minority party and could not do much but watch if the GOP were really a well-oiled machine.
The President’s success or failure is not about him. I don’t think he understands that. His whole party, his whole government, his whole nation, and really all of our allies and adversaries will be very profoundly affected by what he chooses to do and not to do.
Neither is Mr. Trump some poor vulnerable waif who cannot protect himself from the onslaught of bad press. Most of what qualifies as bad press with me is what comes directly out of his mouth and the mouth of the people who work for him. That is what I pay attention to.
Would I wish we had a press less concerned with telling the truth than selling papers? Well, of course. We don’t have that, though, and with few exceptions we really never have. It is all about getting the scoop and keeping the customers coming back. We are a capitalist society with a free and largely* profit-driven *press. If the customers don’t clamor for the truth over stories with a slant to feed their confirmation biases, then yes, we’re going to get slanted news sources. We get what we vote for with our attention and our patronage.