Donald Trump

Trump in Huntsville

Featured image President Trump spoke in Huntsville, Alabama tonight. He was trying to boost Sen. Luther Strange, who trails Judge Roy Moore in the Republican Senate primary that will take place next Tuesday. The speech was well over an hour in length. I caught about an hour of it. It was a powerful political speech reminiscent of Trump’s 2016 campaign trail orations. I found it entertaining. Trump spent roughly 98 percent of »

Moore continues to lead Strange, gains Ben Carson’s endorsement

Featured image The latest survey of the Alabama Republican Senate primary has Judge Roy Moore leading Sen. Luther Strange, 54-46. The poll was conducted for Fox 10 News by Strategy Research on Wednesday. It surveyed by telephone 2,000 Republicans who have voted at least once in the last 4 elections and said they planned to vote next week. This result means that Moore has led Strange in all ten of the independent »

Trump on the Move

Featured image Well whaddyaknow? Trump’s approval rating is starting to climb. And what do people like best about Trump right now? His meetings with Chuck and Nancy. From the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC Poll: President Donald Trump’s deal with congressional Democrats to keep the government funded and provide hurricane relief is drawing strong support from across the political spectrum, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found. The poll found 71% »

Why Trump Is So Much Fun

Featured image I’ll probably never be able to make up my mind fully about President Trump, and I am sure a number of our commenters will pounce on this opening. But just about every time I think he’s blundered or shown himself not up to the job, something changes my mind as the dust settles. First, as Scott and Paul noted, his speech to the UN this week was terrific. Geez—you’d think »

Chuck and Nancy and Donald and Kyrsten

Featured image Kyrsten Sinema represents Arizona’s Ninth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is said to be the first openly bisexual woman elected to Congress, as well as the only openly non-theist or atheist member of the current Congress. Sinema presents herself as a bipartisan moderate. She did not vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House and reportedly voted with the Democrats “only” 73 percent of the »

Strange doings in Alabama, Part Two

Featured image Over the weekend, President Trump announced that he will visit Alabama next weekend to campaign for Sen. Luther Strange in that state’s Senate primary Republican run-off . I found this decision difficult to explain inasmuch as (1) polls show that Strange trails his opponent Judge Roy Moore by a significant margin and (2) Moore seems as likely as Strange to vote for pro-Trump positions — at least the ones that »

What’s Happening With Trump?

Featured image I stayed up late last night because I couldn’t reconcile myself to Stanford’s bizarre loss to San Diego State, and decided to tune in to Boob Tube News—I mean, CNN—which was running a documentary called “The Reagan Show,” described thus: “Made up entirely of archival news and White House footage, this documentary captures the pageantry, absurdity, and mastery of the made-for-TV politics of Ronald Reagan.” Supposedly we were going to »

Strange doings in Alabama

Featured image The last time we looked in on the Alabama Senate primary race between Sen. Luther Strange and Judge Roy Moore, the (former) judge had a double-digit lead. In the first round of the primary, Moore bested Strange by six points and apparently had extended the margin as the run-off approached. That was about three weeks ago. The latest poll, by Emerson just a few days ago, suggests that the race »

Chuck and Nancy and Donald and Heidi

Featured image President Trump has decided to work with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi because he’s concluded that otherwise he won’t be able to get things done. This begs the question, which is whether the things he can get done with Chuck and Nancy are worth doing. President Obama didn’t work with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan for the sake of getting things done. But Obama is a principled leftist. Trump is »

The limits of Trump’s disdain for political incorrectness

Featured image How did Donald Trump pull off his stunning run to the presidency? I didn’t predict it, so I don’t feel qualified to say. Steve Bannon predicted it. Indeed, he told Charlie Rose he was 100 percent certain Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton. Thus, Bannon has standing to opine. Bannon told Rose that the core issue behind Trump’s success was his hard line on illegal immigration. He said that, though he’s »

Deal or no deal? Wall or no wall? Conservative or no conservative?

Featured image Late last night, in an update to a post about DACA, I noted that President Trump reportedly had just made a deal with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi regarding DACA-style legislation. The alleged deal would protect the roughly 690,000 people covered by the current DACA program (but not, I take it, other “dreamers”) and would include a package of border security measures, excluding the wall, that’s “acceptable to both sides.” »

How Unpopular Is Donald Trump?

Featured image The Democratic Party media tell us every day that Donald Trump is a uniquely, unprecedentedly unpopular president. His disapproval numbers, they say, are astronomical. There is some truth to that. Trump’s numbers certainly could be better. Just look at this chart, which tracks his “strong approval” numbers against those who “strongly disapprove.” This guy is about as unpopular as you can get: Oops…wait…sorry…The guy with the 45% strong disapproval rating »

What’s so bad about feeling good?

Featured image That’s the title of a 1968 movie starring George Peppard and Mary Tyler Moore. I’m pretty sure I never saw it, but the title has stayed with me all these years. The question arises anew from this report in Politico about how good President Trump feels after striking his deal yesterday with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. According to Josh Dawsey, Trump is almost giddy, as he basks in the »

The Ultimate Photo-Op for President Trump

Featured image On Tuesday, while Hurricane Harvey’s devastation was at its peak, President and Mrs. Trump paid a visit to Texas. Appropriately, they avoided areas where active rescue operations were in progress, and focused rather on meeting with state and local authorities to make sure that hurricane responses were appropriately coordinated. Democrats wrongly, but inevitably, criticized the president for not meeting with more flood victims and not showing more “empathy.” Today, President »

New York Times undercuts claim that Trump obstructed justice

Featured image The New York Times reports that special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained an “early draft” of President Trump’s letter stating the reasons for firing James Comey. Times reporters Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman inform us that “the circumstances and reasons for the firing are believed to be a significant element of Mr. Mueller’s investigation, which includes whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice by firing Mr. Comey.” The Times would love it »

Trump Gives $1 Million, Still Can’t Win

Featured image On Tuesday, reporters asked press secretary Sarah Sanders whether President Trump had contributed to Hurricane Harvey relief. A reporter asked again yesterday: Q You said yesterday you would check if the President or the First Lady had made a personal donation to hurricane relief. Have you gotten anything back on that? MS. SANDERS: No, I know they’re looking into some different options. Today the White House announced that President and »

Democrats’ Russia Story Hits Another Dead End

Featured image The New York Times headlines: “Felix Sater, Trump Associate, Boasted That Moscow Business Deal ‘Will Get Donald Elected.’” Sounds exciting, right? But the story fizzles rapidly. Felix Sater was a real estate broker who didn’t work for the Trump organization. (Hence the weaselly “Trump associate” headline.) He has, to say the least, a colorful history. But what is the story? Sater sent a couple of emails to Michael Cohen, who »