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A Trump Comeback?

Posted by hkarner - 10. September 2020

Date: 09‑09‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal By The Editorial Board

Biden wants to make the campaign a referendum on Trump. He’s succeeding with Trump’s help.

With eight weeks before Election Day, the state of the 2020 campaign is clear: President Trump is trailing Joe Biden, who has succeeded so far in making the race a referendum on the incumbent. If Mr. Trump is going to stage a comeback, and not become only the fourth incumbent in a century to be denied a second term, he will have to make the race about policy differences and Mr. Biden’s indulgence to the Democratic left.

If the race comes down to a character contest, Mr. Trump will lose. This isn’t a repeat of 2016 when Hillary Clinton was almost as disliked as Mr. Trump. Voters may have doubts about Mr. Biden’s capacity, but they don’t dislike him. Americans have also seen Mr. Trump in office for 42 months, and even millions of his supporters dislike the way he conducts himself.

This isn’t merely a normative judgment. It’s a political fact as measured in the polls. Mr. Trump’s job approval rating rests at about 43%‑44%, and his personal approval is lower. He hasn’t been able to sustain his job approval above what it was on Inauguration Day. Unlike Richard Nixon or George W. Bush, who won with pluralities the first time but majorities the next, Mr. Trump has failed to expand his coalition. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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After Trump, a Different GOP

Posted by hkarner - 25. August 2020

Date: 24‑08‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal By Bobby Jindal

Win or lose, the party won’t return to the old orthodoxy. Populist ideas have put down deep roots.

Many Beltway Republicans, not to mention Democrats, are eager to move past the Trump era and return to “regular order.” Democrats are measuring the drapes in the Oval Office, with a confident air reminiscent of Hillary Clinton four years ago. Yet it would be foolish to count President Trump out—or assume that if he loses, he won’t leave a mark on his party. Whether Mr. Trump leaves office next year or in 2025, Republican voters will likely continue their push for populist policies rather than revert to traditional conservative orthodoxy on issues like trade, immigration and foreign policy.

Political figures shouldn’t try to imitate Mr. Trump’s style. He is one of a kind, and his approach is authentic and effective for him. Tweeting like Mr. Trump won’t come off the same way from another politician. Moreover, voters tend to favor candidates whose strengths compensate for the weaknesses of their predecessors. After eight years of the slick Bill Clinton, voters elected the blunt George W. Bush. He in turn gave way to the professorial Barack Obama. Though candidates won’t succeed in trying to be like Mr. Trump, it’s probable many will try and fail. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Conservatives Versus Trump

Posted by hkarner - 9. Juli 2020

Date: 08‑07‑2020

Source: Project Syndicate by Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma is the author of numerous books, including Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Year Zero: A History of 1945, and, most recently,  A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir. 

US President Donald Trump’s most trenchant critics are not to be found on the political left. The most effective assaults are coming from the political right, where „Never Trumpers“ are openly supporting Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger in November’s election.

NEW YORK – For a while now, the most interesting critiques of US President Donald Trump and Trumpism have come from the right. By right, I don’t mean alt‑right, radical right, evangelical right, or racist right, but true conservatives who have voted or worked for Republican presidents in the past.

These Republican “Never Trumpers” include the journalist David Frum and Peter Wehner (like Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush), and the members of the Lincoln Project, whose trenchant videos have gotten under the president’s skin. Conservative columnists, such as Ross Douthat or Bret Stephens of the New York Times, or the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, should be included as well – and they have also been consistently more thought‑provoking on Trumpism than their more progressive colleagues. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Silence of the Republican Lambs

Posted by hkarner - 30. Oktober 2019

Nina L. Khrushcheva is Professor of International Affairs at The New School. Her latest book (with Jeffrey Tayler) is In Putin’s Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia’s Eleven Time Zones.

Even as Donald Trump’s presidency fast approaches the abyss, leading members of the Republican Party have stayed largely silent. As the Soviet dissident poet Alexander Galich wrote in the 1960s, “Keep silent, you will be on top.”

NEW YORK – In the 1960s, the dissident poet Alexander Galich wrote about the mute complicity of Soviet apparatchiks in Joseph Stalin’s crimes, notably the Great Purges in which millions were detained or died in the Gulag. “Those who were silent became the bosses, because silence is gold,” Galich wrote. “Keep silent, you will be on top.”

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Joe Walsh’s long-shot bid to dethrone Donald Trump

Posted by hkarner - 31. August 2019

Date: 30-08-2019
Source: The Economist

The former Tea Party congressman says he is a better version of the president

Joe walsh might seem an odd foil to President Donald Trump. The media-savvy former congressman, a Tea Party-firebrand, who announced his Republican primary challenge to the president on August 25th, has had a long record of controversial and (self-admitted) racist remarks in his record as both a politician and radio host. “I do feel a responsibility for helping to put Trump in the White House. And I have publicly apologised for that, because to me Donald Trump is like the worst version of a Joe Walsh,” he says.

Yet Mr Walsh is plunging into the treacherous waters of primarying a sitting president, all the same. He was not a devoted Never Trumper. In his telling, the spectacle in Helsinki of an American president trusting Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies put him permanently off. The rest of his fellow Republicans might not see it that way. Although the party’s most prominent public intellectuals—like William Kristol and George Will—have long despised Mr Trump, the voting base remains utterly devoted. Among Republicans, 87% approve of the job that Mr Trump is doing. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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What if Obama Voters Remember How Lousy the Obama Era Was?

Posted by hkarner - 14. Oktober 2018

Date: 13-10-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal By James Freeman

The left worries that young people and minorities don’t hate Trump enough.

During the Obama administration there was much confident chatter on the left about the “coalition of the ascendant.” This rising population of young people, social liberals and minority voters not only carried Barack Obama to two national victories but was allegedly destined by demography to exert an increasing leftward tug on American politics. The potential problem for leaders of this coalition is that along the way some of their followers may have noticed the results of their policies.

A few warning signs have been appearing lately as the Obama generation makes it way into the workplace and as minority voters seem unwilling to hate President Donald Trump as much as Democratic politicians and the press expect them to do.

“It’s time for some alarm about the midterms,” writes David Leonhardt of the New York Times. “The most recent polls have underscored the real possibility that Republicans will keep control of both the Senate and House. According to Mr. Leonhardt: Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trump’s Darkest Days

Posted by hkarner - 26. September 2018

Elizabeth Drew

Elizabeth Drew is a contributing editor at The New Republic and the author, most recently, of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.

Donald Trump’s presidency is beset by crises, with the discrediting of his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, just the latest in a long string of disasters. Now, the likelihood that the Republicans will lose control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate is growing by the day.

WASHINGTON, DC – This isn’t a good time to be Donald J. Trump. Granted, it’s been a while since it was, but this is the grimmest period of his presidency thus far.

And Trump is showing it. Aides have been struggling to muzzle him – not physically, but everything short of that. And, as could have been predicted, they have not been fully effective. Responsible journalists report that Trump White House aides (who are notoriously sieve-like) say the US president feels alone and cornered.

Feeling lonely should not be surprising, as Trump is not one for close friendships. He has proven time and again that for him, loyalty is a one-way street. Virtually no one who works for him can feel secure. Probably no one but his daughter Ivanka is safe from the terminal wrath that eventually pushes so many associates out the door. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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A Better Bailout Was Possible

Posted by hkarner - 18. September 2018

Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson is President of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and a senior fellow and Director of the Global Finance Project for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.

George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations. A pioneer of the hedge-fund industry, he is the author of many books, including The Alchemy of Finance, The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What it Means, and The Tragedy of the European Union.

Back in 2008, a critical opportunity was missed when the burden of post-crisis adjustment was tilted heavily in favor of creditors relative to debtors. The result was not only prolonged stagnation, but also the Republican Party’s embrace of demagogic populism and the election of Donald Trump.

NEW YORK – The recent exchange between Joe Stiglitz and Larry Summers about “secular stagnation” and its relation to the tepid economic recovery after the 2008-2009 financial crisis is an important one. History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes, Mark Twain reportedly once said. But, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, in light of our recent economic history, history doesn’t rhyme, it swears.1

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If G.O.P. Loses Hold on Congress, Trump Warns, Democrats Will Enact Change ‘Quickly and Violently’

Posted by hkarner - 30. August 2018

What a disgusting bunch of people! (hfk)

Date: 29-08-2018
Source: The New York Times

President Trump during a prayer at a dinner for evangelical leadership in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday evening.

WASHINGTON — President Trump warned evangelical leaders Monday night that Democrats “will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently” if Republicans lose control of Congress in the midterm elections.

Speaking to the group in the State Dining Room of the White House, Mr. Trump painted a stark picture of what losing the majority would mean for the administration’s conservative agenda, according to an audiotape of his remarks provided to The New York Times by someone who attended the event.

“They will end everything immediately,” Mr. Trump said. “When you look at antifa,” he added, a term that describes militant leftist groups, “and you look at some of these groups, these are violent people.”

A White House spokesman, Hogan Gidley, declined to elaborate on what the president meant.

The blunt warning — delivered to about 100 of the president’s most ardent supporters in the evangelical community — was the latest example of Mr. Trump’s attempts to use the specter of violence at the hands of his political opponents and to fan the flames of cultural divisions in the country. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Rift Between Trump and McCain Reflects Split Within GOP

Posted by hkarner - 28. August 2018

Date: 27-08-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Trump’s ‘America First’ message prevailed over McCain’s internationalist bent

The tension between Sen. John McCain who died Saturday at 81, and President Donald Trump has come to symbolize, in many ways, a divide within the GOP.

When President Trump was heading to West Virginia to give a speech to the Boy Scouts last summer, aides came to him with an idea: Make a side trip to Arizona to visit Republican Sen. John McCain, who had just been diagnosed with brain cancer, a person familiar with the matter said.

Mr. Trump said no. He told them he and Mr. McCain plainly didn’t like one another and it would seem “phony” and hypocritical for him to make the trip, the person said.

The tension between the two men has come to symbolize, in many ways, a divide within the GOP between traditional Republicans like Mr. McCain and the “America First” insurgency of President Trump.

As the GOP presidential nominee in 2008, Mr. McCain spoke for an internationalist wing of the party that sees overseas alliances and troop commitments as a stabilizing force in the world. Mr. Trump leads a nationalist movement more skeptical of U.S. intervention abroad.

For now, the Trump wing appears ascendant, while traditional Republicans are in retreat. A Wall Street Journal-NBC News survey last month showed that nearly nine out of 10 Republican voters support the president, numbers surpassed in recent history only by George W. Bush after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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