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.