Why can’t Republicans suck it up and defend their man like Democrats lined up behind the Clintons after Monica Lewinski and Benghazi?
Could it be because we have a truer moral compass? Because we believe in good government? Besides which, how is blind partisanship working for Democrats these days?
David French at National Review is always worth reading. He writes in the current issue:
The [Democrat(ic)] party is at its lowest ebb in generations. It doesn’t hold any branch of the federal government, and it’s being routed at the state level at a historic rate. Its success in short-term scandal management has arguably blinded it to its own trust problem. It nominated one of the least-liked, least-trusted Americans in modern political history (a Clinton, no less) and then was gobsmacked not only when she lost but also when it suffered crushing defeats up and down the ballot. It turns out that there is a difference between short-term wins and long-term fortunes.
… A Republican party that mimics Democratic scandal management is a party that would forfeit its principles for the sake of adopting the tactics of the losing political side. And it would do so in a way that harms its credibility in the longer and far more important cultural fight. The moment when social-justice hysteria and radical intolerance are causing millions of citizens to shake their heads is not the time to adopt fact-free brawling and blind loyalty as the signature styles of the American conservative movement.
That said, this Never Trumper sees no impeachable offense. Did the President share useful information with the Russians regarding our common fight against ISIS? Good for him, it is his right and duty.
Did he ask if FBI Director Comey could go easy on General Flynn because he’s a good guy? Probably. Why wouldn’t he? That hardly represents obstruction of justice. Rachel Maddow need not approve.
Live streaming the presidency
What is disturbing is that Trump keeps throwing so much cheap chum at the flesh-eaters on the Left — principally by hanging his staff out to dry. Spicer confronts the microphone to offer one explanation, then gets the rug pulled out from under him by The Boss the next day. Reince Preibus is going to get fired, just you wait and see.
The markets, they do not like this chaos.
Scott Klug used to say he pitied his own communications director because he was his own communications director. So it is with the new President.
Daniel Henninger has this modest (not quite by Jonathan Swift standards) proposal: Let Trump be his own communications director and chief of staff. This ain’t no Eisenhower, the ultimate organization man.
For that matter, why not slim down the White House? We’ve got a secretary of defense and of state. What for a national security adviser? What does Steve Bannon that the Son-in-Law in Chief does not? Here is Henninger:
Donald Trump doesn’t like intermediaries. He abhors anything that gets between him and the public. The problem is not Sean Spicer’s performance as press secretary. The problem is positioning anything between Donald Trump’s mind and the outside world.
When Mr. Trump says he is moving too fast and doing too much for any of his staff to keep up, we should take him at his word. He wants direct access. … cut out the middlemen. …Donald Trump should serve as his own press secretary and maybe his own chief of staff. I would even propose that the Trump presidency go live to the world, with a camera crew recording the president and his moment-to-moment thoughts in real time every day.
Let’s go one step further. Put a Go-Cam on Trump’s comb-over; The Commander in Chief 24/7 streaming live. Get with the 21st Century, guys!