Donald Trump: a successful Presidency, a maddening President 

The great lesson of politics: ’tis better to be likable than right

Source: Andrew McCarthy in National Review

Joe Biden should get the chance to be a good president that Democrats never gave Donald Trump. For Biden’s sake, and especially for the country’s, the departments and agencies of government should prepare for a smooth transition of power. …

The right way to look at Trump’s unlikeliest of triumphs was as a gift . . . and an opportunity. It was a chance to appeal to Republican skeptics and the vast middle, to do the hard work of changing a 46–54 deficit [his vote versus the vote for someone else] into 54–46 support, Trump had the policies to do that, along with a unique way of appealing to voting blocs who’d tuned out traditional Republicans.

Yet the president could never get over himself. …

He was under siege more than he deserved to be, but he brought a great deal of it on himself by gratuitously punching down at non-entities he should have ignored. …

He never seemed to understand that, in a country where we like to like our president, when your policies are more popular than you are, you’ve got a problem.

 

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56 Responses to Donald Trump: a successful Presidency, a maddening President 

  1. Michael V says:

    This is so very well said. As was your recent post that included the Wall Street Journal editorial on the same subject.

    Ironically, when the Andy McCarthy essay below hit my inbox, I had just sent out a “thinking out loud” commentary to a bunch of friends who like conservative or center-right governance. We share thoughts, quotations and opinions frequently.

    Here is the text of that communication, including the Wall Street Journal excerpt. Please keep up the good work.

    Well, it looks like we will be listening to Mr. Biden puppet-talk what his handlers tell him to say for the foreseeable future. It is what it is.

    The most important thing now is holding the Senate and having some sane, common sense counterbalance to what the left and progressives are likely to try to put over on our country. That outcome will be decided in January when both incumbent Republican senators from Georgia compete against challengers in runoff elections made necessary because no one got to 50% in the November general election. (If you have a couple of bucks you can contribute to the cause, please consider doing so. I have. National Republican Senatorial Committee, http://www.nrsc.org .) A red Senate majority is the only thing that will halt or at least slow what Biden and Pelosi plan to do together.

    Just kind of thinking out loud, I wonder if the outcome of the November 3 election might have been different if President Trump had stayed focused on his amazing achievements and had found a way to change the style and tone of his public comments, tweets and debate performances. He needed “suburban soccer moms” very badly, but they are precisely to ones who got turned off by his style and tone.

    I give the guy an “A” on accomplishments (economy at an all-time high, unemployment at an all-time low in all ethnic and gender categories, putting tin horn dictators on notice, improvements border security, millions off of food stamps, reinvigorating our military, manufacturing jobs coming back to the U.S., black home ownership at an all-time high, tax cuts, reductions in regulatory burdens, energy independence, etc.). All of this was done under the cloud of a ginned up Russian collusion conspiracy and with the major media doing all they could to hurt the guy.

    As much as President Trump earned an “A” in performance, I think history will show that the guy gets an “F” in communications, knowing how to choose his battles, using relentless exaggerations, not knowing how to manage expectations and embodying narcissism. Whether we want to admit it or not, likeability and humility DO matter to a lot of voters.

    Shortly before the election, the Wall Street Journal (usually supportive of the president), included the following text in one of its editorials:

    The Wall Street Journal:

    The best argument for re-electing Mr. Trump is as a brake on a Democratic Party that is increasingly radical on the economy and the culture; Mr. Biden won’t be able or willing to do it. A GOP Senate could also be that brake, though the Senate’s fate may depend on how well Mr. Trump does. Covid and partisan passions make this election even harder than usual to handicap. Voters who want a centrist President Biden should split their tickets.

    If Mr. Trump does lose, and takes a Republican Senate down with him, the cause will not be weak Republicans, incompetent campaign staff, or even the relentless partisanship of the press. Joe Biden and the Democrats couldn’t make Mr. Trump the third incumbent in a century to be fired after a single term. Only Donald Trump could do that.

    (Text from WSJ courtesy of Blaska Policy Werkes.)

    It is what it is.

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  2. georgessson says:

    Spot-on commentary, and thankfully succinct. There’s really nothing more to add to this cogent summing up.

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  3. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    If this holds, and Biden is elected, Lefty’s going to find out one thing sooner rather than later; just how catastrophically ill-suited/ill-prepared Kamala Harris is to occupy the Oval Office!

    The Gotch

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    • richard lesiak says:

      “ill-suited/ill prepared” In what way? “If this holds”; yes it will. Why would Harris occupy the Oval Office?

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      • Good Dog,Happy Man says:

        [Malig] Nancy Pelosi has already floated a 25th Amendment competency test.
        Turns out it wasn’t aimed at Trump, but Sundowner “put a lid on it” Biden.

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      • Batman says:

        Are y’all referring to heels up Harris?

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        • pANTIFArts says:

          Camel O’Harris is now on TV giving her victory speech. I can’t take that VOICE !! My wife is looking for a gun, TV s are expensive, what do YOU do when this happens? Thanx, in advance Batman.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          “TV s are expensive,”

          Au contraire, their price has been dropping steadily for quite some time, but point taken.

          Try a Bad Call TV Brick instead.

          The Gotch

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        • Gary Kriewald says:

          Always thought the fingernails-on-chalkboard voice award belonged to Sarah Pain until I got a load of the Vice-president “elect”‘s victory speech last night. And the most-cliches-in -a-single-speech award goes hands-down to President-“elect” Biden.

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Are you sure she was aiming at the TV FArts?

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      The overpoweringly clueless imbecility some willingly embrace positively boggles the mind!

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        get your checkbook out gotch. trump, rudy and all those high priced lawyers are expensive. If you pitch in maybe they may win one of the many lawsuits they filed. Right now they have the same record as the Jets.

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    • Mike says:

      Is that Oval Office or Oral Office?

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    • dad29 says:

      just how catastrophically ill-suited/ill-prepared Kamala Harris is to occupy the Oval Office!

      Harris is irrelevant to governance, just as is Biden. As Carlson made clear, Biden is merely a hologram, and Harris is so utterly unpopular that–other than showing face and pretending to ‘lead’ on agenda–she will stay in the background. Letting her out of her cage will ensure a Trump victory in ’24, or……….let’s not think about that.

      Neither of them will actually set or accomplish the agenda. Maybe someday we will get to learn what the agenda is–and who is writing it–but that knowledge will not come from the press.

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  4. gorwell says:

    I’ll take an unlikeable president with sound policy. I didn’t vote for a POPE, I voted for a PRESIDENT. As pertains to governors, Tony Evers seems like an affable guy. Likes to enjoy his old-fashioneds while playing Pickle Ball. Like his Wisconsin Badgers. Probably likes, and doesn’t kick his dog.

    How’s that working out?

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  5. Gary Kriewald says:

    “No one but an idiot would argue that either candidate is a first-rate man or even a creditable specimen of a second-rate man,” said H. L. Mencken regarding the election of 1920, which was won by Warren G. Harding, an affable, uttery undistinguished career politician easily manipulated by party bosses. He was famous for conducting his campaign largely from the front porch of his house in Marion, Ohio (shades of the basement in Delaware). History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce–though at least no one accused Harding of being out-and-out senile.

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  6. pANTIFArts says:

    Progressive ideology demands conformity and submission. The fact that they could not control or silence him drove them to the limits of endurance. He was daily, “in the face”, of the most “in your face” culture of human history. I, for one, will sorely miss that. My criticisms of his style are limited to timing, and word choices, not his combativeness. “Progressive” authoritarians truly believe that on Tuesday they watched the end of something. —That “something” hasn’t even begun.

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    • gorwell says:

      “My criticisms of his style are limited to timing, and word choices, not his combativeness.”

      SPOT ON. i like that he GAVE it back them, in-artful as it was. If he had the eloquence of a Ted Cruz, he’d have been merciless.

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    • Amos Roe says:

      “‘Progressive’ authoritarians truly believe that on Tuesday they watched the end of something. —That ‘something’ hasn’t even begun.”
      Absolutely correct. And now keep both eyes open for Deep State agent provocateurs in this chaotic future we’re heading into. I think we are now headed for a return of foreign wars (or just one last big one?) along with the requisite domestic upheaval, censorship and repression. Under Trump, the tail was doing its best to wagging the big dog for 4 yrs. Now it’s back to the dog wagging the tail and we’ll probably soon be sitting front and center in an attempt to pack the Supreme Court to allow free rain to the process.
      Taking bets on who’s next. Iran?

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    • Justice Too says:

      Trump was treated badly from the moment he announced and they tried kicking his ass every day for the last 4+ years. I LOVE how he gave it right back at them. And stood up to the propaganda media.The Left are so snotty mean, crass & crude even though they’re the supposed superior intellectuals and socially & culturally elite. They’re morally corrupt and lack refinement, way worse than their descriptions of Trump. Caramela is really just a common ho with a degree, adulterated her way to the top. Joe is a money-grubbing senile pervert with a son profiting off daddy. What a joke… the hatred for an outsider began Day 1. Personally, I liked how he spoke plainly back like most Americans have been wanting to as well.

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  7. Good Dog,Happy Man says:

    Godless Lefties justify their lying, cheating, vote stealing and use any means necessary to win. They think there’s no absolute truth or morals, ethics and playing by the rules is for chumps.

    There really is no other choice but to fight to preserve our nation. While the Left is assiduously stealing the presidency (with the almost ironic twist that Republicans are gaining seats in Congress and around the country, [12 more Pro-Life women won House seats], we must not acquiesce to their efforts. We must have faith. We must have the courage necessary to fight.

    We should use President Trump as model for how to fight. His willingness to fight is what regular, normal Americans love about him the most. His America First policy is American as apple pie.

    The #GetTrump media don’t get to declare a winner. It’s not over until the fat lady sings. Besides we didn’t give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor. Voofda!

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Biden went to church and visited his son’s grave. trump is driving his fat a$$ around a golf course. Who is the godless one?

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  8. One of THOSE says:

    Biden better appoint a trustworthy food taster and watch his back. We’ll have our first woman President within the year.

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  9. Merph the Serf says:

    Being old enough to see enough of these guys come and go over the decades, they’re all “presidential” to this extent or that. They wear the nice suits and talk the talk. Well fifty plus years and 20 trillion in the hole later whaty ya got? Countless unknowns spilled in Blood and Treasure, a cored out manufacturing sector and a sold out middle class. At least they were all presidential. Trump was hired as POTUS because he’s a fighter and a brawler. Being presidential?…That’s for good times when you’re playing with the dealer’s money. You need hard men to make good times, then the good times will make the weak men, rinse repeat. Between the Democrat Party gangsters and the Republican Party chumps he managed to get more done than any president I’ve seen. Lincoln’s own Deep State ear whisperers wanted him to replace the newly installed General Grant after Shiloh. For the previous two years the better equipped Union Army had their asses consistently handed to them by the Confederates. The Union generals were talkers, not fighters. Very “general” like. Lincoln’s response was simply: “I cannot do with out this man…..He fights.”

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    • Amos Roe says:

      “Trump was hired as POTUS because he’s a fighter and a brawler. Being presidential?…That’s for good times when you’re playing with the dealer’s money. You need hard men to make good times, then the good times will make the weak men, rinse repeat.”

      Spot on post, thank you.

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    • dad29 says:

      Your post deserves top-bill here. The flaccidity advocated by many pundits–and exercised by most Republican officials in the last 50 years–has brought this country to the very brink of Totalitarian socialism.

      So yah, to all those ‘bend over and take it’ folks: screw you.

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  10. Anonymous Reader says:

    Peace and Love in your town today between apparently a Biden supporter and Only Black Lives Matter.

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    • Amos Roe says:

      Anon – Can you interpret this vid? Not clear on what was going on.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      Didn’t see your post until now, duplicated it below; so sorry!

      But the point, that feral Lefty thugs believe they’re above the law, can’t be emphasized enough.

      The Gotch

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  11. old baldy says:

    Some major league sour grapes on display here, kiddies. Had trump got Mexico to pay for the wall, China to pay for the tariffs, got the country together to defeat the virus, had a plan to replace the ACA, had the vaccine he promised (still waiting), he would have been re-elected. Had he not mocked vets, all sorts of handicapped folks, minorities, anyone with an IQ higher than his (and that is a pretty low bar), suburban women, and been such an all-around whiny a-hole, he would have been re-elected. And horror or horrors, he increased the deficit !! And now, and forever more, he will be known as a loser. Enjoy.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      O.B. Well said. Glad to see you back.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      Speaking of whiny @-holes, Righty has carte blanche to weenie-whine, whimper simper, throw hissy fit tantrums, and engage in generally deplorable levels of triggered snowFLAKEry for the next 47 months and STILL not be raging hypocrites.

      Just like contemptuously loathsome Lefties who, for four (4) years TO_THE_DAY, slothed voluntarily into a dangerous state of catatonic, apoplectic, pillow-biting, pants $#!tting, bed wetting, wind-sucking, chest palpitating, vital sign ramping, mouth-breathing, fist-pounding, foot stomping, safe-space seeking, triggering, weenie-whiny, simpering-whimpering, complete metaphysical, emotional, existential, psychological, philosophical, full-throated, freaking out, melting down, totally collapsing free-fall.

      Despicable Lefties!!!!

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Crotch…why not just put on your jammies(you know, the ones with the feet in them), make yourself a cup of herbal tea(a little honey would be nice), cuddle up to your trumpie bear and settle down to watching a Hallmark movie. Remember; if you give yourself a stroke the EMT’s will have a hard time finding a hospital with a free bed.

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  12. A Voice in the Wilderness says:

    In the words of esteemed historian Michael Beschloss, Donald Trump had “a lust for power and a contempt for democracy.” I agree. Good riddance to The Donald.

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  13. Bill says:

    To all my liberal friends, family and those of you who read and comment on this blog.

    Your going to get what’s coming. You’ve been asking for it for 4 years running. Your going to get what’s coming to you.

    When old Joe stops this country from producing oil and natural gas, who do you think is going to pay the price? Sitting here, freezing to death in the dead of a Wisconsin winter might change your mind as you are forced to choose between heating your abode and eating.

    Oh, but don’t worry about old Joe, I predict he won’t make it out of the first or second year of his term of office before he is either declared mentally unfit or dies of what they will say is natural causes. Kamala and the puppet masters who control her will be in charge.

    But don’t worry about the Biden family. Through the help of Joe and Hunter they have positioned themselves very nicely to take advantage of their investments in oil and natural gas companies that are state owned by the governments of the Ukraine, Russia and China that will be more than happy to sell you the $8-10 dollar a gallon gasoline to run your car along with the steep increase in the price of natural gas and electricity needed for your house. This of course will increase the price of everything you need to purchase as the cost of doing business will increase for everyone.

    You think it’s sad that you can’t purchase what you want or need in the store now? You think it sad all your favorite restaurants closing? You think it sad that there have been riots in the streets of Madison. Just wait for the food riots when people are hungry and there is nothing to eat!

    Say goodby to the 1st amendment. You will be told what to say, think, feel and do. And you better do what they say or else face the consequences of challenging the group think of the “Borg Identity” that will control this country.

    You do realize that you have already lost your 1st Amendment rights by the Dem’s finding extra ballots for Joe at 3 am in the morning in many parts of this country that are strangely heavily blue areas like Madison and Milwaukee, Atlanta, Detroit and so on.

    Yup, going to be a fun ride the next 4 or more years.

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  14. Bill says:

    Oh goody, it’s already started. According to the New York Post and other news sources, AOC is already calling for comments, contributions and posts by Trump supporters to be archived in order to punish those who supported Trump. https://nypost.com/2020/11/06/aoc-facing-heat-for-wanting-to-archive-posts-by-trump-sycophants/.

    Lovely.

    The gulags, the concentration camps, the re-education centers, whatever you want to call them that are built in order to re-educate or reform Trump supporters for their wrong think will be a plus for an economy. Think of all the wonderful jobs in the prison, I mean, re-education or reform industry Biden with the help of people like AOC will create.

    Well, when they come to round up those of us who supported Trump, the President and sometimes not the man, I guess I’ll have a place in line already reserved for me. But I am happy knowing that I will be in the company of plenty of good people who like myself are freedom loving individuals who love this country.

    At this point I can only say:

    The future is in God’s hands.

    The future is in God’s hands.

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  15. Bill says:

    In a prior post I made the following comment.
    “You do realize that you have already lost your 1st Amendment rights by the Dem’s finding extra ballots for Joe at 3 am in the morning in many parts of this country that are strangely heavily blue areas like Madison and Milwaukee, Atlanta, Detroit and so on.”

    To back that up, listen to this interview on the Epoch Times with Dr. Paul Kengor on the statistical impossibility of Trump being ahead some 600,000-700,000 votes in Pennsylvania Tuesday night but lost in Pennsylvania due to absentee ballots by Wednesday morning. That over 80% of the people with the absentee ballots would have to have voted for Biden. https://www.theepochtimes.com/dr-paul-kengor-the-pennsylvania-voting-curve-doesnt-line-up_3569060.html

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  16. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Madison Biggest Imbecile democrats Ever Nominated supporter’s celebration:

    Black miscreant thug brutally SUCKER-PUNCHES Lefty X-Chromosomal Unit.

    The kicker? Lefties don’t want the black man arrested.

    Ah Lefty; so MUCH crippling ignominy, so little time!

    The Gotch

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  17. Gg Mo says:

    Whoops , Forgot about the Plandemic/Grandma . https://www.bitchute.com/video/bhM8oiunlXWe/

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  18. sad sack says:

    beware, I say, of enthusiasts………..they cannot and do not want to understand others, only force them. We will see how the Biden administration handles its enthusiasts.

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