Seriously, can everybody take off their Trump Derangement Glasses and MAGA Brain-dampening Caps for just a moment and consider the proposition that Trump has done some fine work over the last week?  Yes, yes, I’m sure he said something stupid and offensive and some of you can’t get past the DACA reversal, but I said take off the TDS glasses and look at where things stand with your own eyes.

First, Trump’s response to Hurricane Harvey was superb.  He has avoided any of the flak that (figuratively) drowned Bush in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina.  What he came away with were some terrific photo-ops and that’s not too shabby.  Yes, he is going to have his vacation home in Mar-a-Lago devastated, which has to be some sort of omen, but he’s positioned himself to handle that one as well as can be expected.

While balancing two devastating hurricanes, Trump has also been responding to the threats made by North Korea.  Nothing he has done yet has shut KJU down, but Trump is building an international consensus, ramping up the stakes, and enjoys overwhelming support on this issue at home.  He’s not backing down or kicking the can down the road.  He’s sent the message that this is going to be dealt with for good, one way or another.  That’s a bonus for American prestige.

Next is the whole DACA thing.  Sure, you can be pissed about how Trump is kicking out a bunch of children (he isn’t).  You can call it anything you like, but Trump has set the stage for a big win within the next six months on immigration reform.  Since he’s effectively holding those 800,000 Dreamers hostage, he can get virtually anything he likes included within such a bill.  What could he ask for?  The wall, an end to chain immigration, laws that make it tougher for parents of anchor babies to take up permanent residence, caps on immigration, or Rod Rosenstein’s penis on a silver platter.  If Congress fails to deliver, they take the blame for what happens next.  Trump will have fulfilled a campaign promise by killing DACA and his base will thank him.

Finally, Trump shocked everyone by accepting the Democrats’ deal on raising the debt ceiling for three months.  This is the sort of pivot that Establishment Republicans have been afraid of for months and they’ve pretty much driven him to it with their incompetence and treachery.  Pelosi’s recent civility apparently wasn’t just a symptom of senility.  He’s positioned to make further deals and the GOP Congress is going to find that it has no choice but to play along.   The American people want bipartisanship and action out of Congress.  Trump is going to start looking like the sane and wise one if the GOP doesn’t pull it together.

I want to say I’m not terribly happy about Trump cutting deals with the Democrats.  It’s just that there’s no other way forward.  McConnell and Ryan have already failed enough times that I think it’s perfectly fair for Trump to treat them like they’re already gone.

Don’t misunderstand.  I’m not writing a fawning, kiss ass post here.  Could Trump still screw absolutely everything up?  Yes.  I’d almost be amazed if he didn’t.  Plus the media, once it senses that he’s moving the needle in his favor, will probably start harping on Russia again.  Oh, and we could end up in WW3.  However, Trump has been demonstrating the resolve abroad, the willingness to compromise at home, and the independence of action that he campaigned on and with which he won.

Either he’s been stupidly lucky or he’s finally setting the stage to really govern.  Do you think this week could be a turning point or was it just a blip?  It’s all going to play out in Congress over the next few months.  That’s when we’ll know for sure.

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I will give him the week of wearing presidential pants. He hasn’t really said anything stupid and he made me laugh shoving a white homer bucket into the cab of a truck. Melania looked fabulous in her custom FLOTUS cap. I am quite happy that we will not be dicking around with budgets and debt ceilings during two back to back major hurricanes. So, basically Trump and Congressional Dems +1 and Congressional GOP -1. Ryan and McConnell really need to step it up because Trump is making them look like chumps. It occurred to me this morning that Trump probably… Read more »

BTW isn’t Mar-A-Lago in IRMA’s line of fire? My SIL has already left Palm Beach area.

Oh, damn you did. My mind shifted to how bad Katrina went and I breezed past it.

kevinmkr

I will always allow for the idea that Trump could be an effective President. I am not so close-minded that I cannot give credit where it is due. If he does find a way to button up NK once and for all, it’s noteworthy. If he can get Congress to work together again IF ONLY TO SAVE THEIR OWN HIDES, I’ll applaud it. However, I’m absolutely inflexible regarding my opinion of the man as a human being.

Fair?

kevinmkr

I *love* the idea of turning on Congress. If Trump could go full CNN on Congress and get the American public to go along with it, that would be historic and praiseworthy.

Yea, Trump is an utter scumbag and it colors my opinion of him. He also sometimes doesn’t appear to grasp governing. BUT .. I am not a values voter for the most part. I don’t care about your beautiful family or your “values” when it comes to passing legislation and waging wars, etc. Everyone has the same values when they are running for office. If Trump starts hitting issues that are important to me and solves some problems for people that are hurting then I will support those things wholeheartedly. I certainly hope the nation is better off when he… Read more »

One measure of leadership has always been how a president responds to a crisis. Trump has at least been competent so far, and he has put the pressure on the Republocrats in Congress to actually get something done.

On both Harvey and NK, he’s done ok. Or rather he hasn’t f-ed it up. He could do with stopping promoting his hat that’s for sale on his website though. On the Democrats deal, my initial (TDS) opinion was that it looked like he got played. He basically took the first offer in a negotiation. The Dems actually held very few cards here, and he’s put the congressional republicans in a bind. Maybe it’s a strategic pivot? A swing to run essentially as a third party president, appealing to the country as a buffer between the Republicans and the Democrats?… Read more »

On the Democrats deal, my initial (TDS) opinion was that it looked like he got played.

That was my first reaction, but really it is Ryan and McConnell that got played here. For some reason they keep thinking that Trump is their bitch and that will never be the case. If Trump is truly not beholden to a party we may see something that we haven’t seen before. Who knows?

I agree that’s what he could be doing. But I do think it’s weird that the conservative media is applauding Trump for this strategic genius thats going to allow him to ‘Govern like Clinton’. (H/T Federalist) Like, what exactly is the Trump agenda that this is going to serve? I mean if he’s siding with the Democrats to advance their agenda (DACA etc) why are you guys so happy with him? There was nothing to gain or lose from a policy perspective – this was all politics. Trump just named the liberals a huge political win. A political win that’s… Read more »

It has more to do with us being frustrated with the GOP Congress rather than being enamored with liberal policies

That’s kind of my point. The policies are the things that make you a conservative, not who you like/hate. Don’t get me wrong, I think this is a good thing, just not sure why you do.

A lot of good points here guys, looking back it does seem that Trump had a good week politically. Seeing him flip over and siding withe dems on the Debit ceiling, pretty much settled it for me that he will do what ever it takes, even siding with dems over the back stabbing republicans, to push his agenda. The wailing and gashing of teeth in the media over the DACA order, was pretty hilarious, they went on a tear abut how unhuman he was, and if one mentioned how unconstitutional the original EO was you were called . well, pretty… Read more »

Where I think you’re leaving me a bit confused is what exactly you think was “lost” by conservatives here from a policy standpoint Nothing from a policy standpoint, but lots from a politics standpoint. Which makes it harder to enact your policy agenda. This is my understanding gained from TDS podcast land. The vote to raise the debt ceiling is a chance for people to tack on spending or spending cuts or other policy issues – essentially it’s a chance for the Democrats to hold the Republicans agenda hostage, using the debt ceiling as a game of chicken. The republicans… Read more »

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