So much has gone on in the first three weeks of President Trump’s first term it makes one wonder whether or not he will need to run for a second term.
He apparently intends to implement all of his campaign promises as quickly as possible. He’s told us there’s a new sheriff in town. He’s told us he intends to keep his word. He’s told other members of government to get on his side – because it’s his way or the highway.
If he intends to continue governing in such a manner, it will be interesting to see if he can keep the voting base that elected him – much less expand it for a run at re-election.
Which brings us back to the original question: Is it possible President Donald Trump doesn’t plan to run for a second term? Logically his brashness, unwillingness to compromise, confrontational style and lack of humility steers the casual observer into considering it.
You can bet the GOP is considering it. Here is a political party as Hell bent as the president on getting what it can as quickly as it can. The GOP is excellent at putting party ahead of country and is doing it again with aplomb – you know, kind of like the Democrats.
There is opportunity in chaos and there is plenty of chaos in D.C. at the moment both on the Hill and in the White House.
The stories of the President calling his advisers at the wee hours of the morning to ask economic questions, the insensitive and frequent tweets, the use of “alternative facts,” the spoofs on Saturday Night Live and the incessant demagoguery have all contributed to this early criticism as the administration continues its struggle transitioning from a campaign to a government.
Kellyanne Conway’s non-stop shilling for a cause she berated when she worked for one of Trump’s opponents does him no favors.
Interestingly the criticism against her pales in comparison to the rancor afforded Sean Spicer, who defends the president every day in the White House Press Room.
It is a pressure cooker to be sure. Spicer must go forth and defend the president – often while someone keeps passing him notes written in red marker on legal pads. He has been combative and he’s taken grief on his attire, use of gum, dipping dots and his attitude – which culminated this week in a SNL spoof.
According to White House staffers this is one of his dream jobs, so no one is cutting him any slack in the press and apparently he’s not getting any from above.
Press briefings have grown notoriously shorter. The first I attended lasted more than an hour. Tuesday’s briefing was limited to about 30 minutes.
Still, I personally like the guy more than his predecessor and he reminds me more of Kevin James than Melissa McCarthy.
But his brevity contributes to the problems he encounters. The press rarely gets to follow up on real issues as Spicer hand picks reporters to ask questions and if something is said which annoys the administration, I find it hard to believe Spicer is also getting adequate time to explain the President’s position.
A noticeable exception occurred Tuesday when Spicer finally said the president respected the judicial branch of government and would abide by a court decision on his temporary travel ban – though he’d take every legal means at his disposal to fight the temporary restraining order.
If he addressed other serious issues head-on as he did that one – we’d all be better served.
When Spicer says there’s a new sheriff in town and he doesn’t want to telegraph or take anything off the table in response to aggression from Iran or other countries – what does Spicer and the President mean?
We don’t want to know his moves, but is there still a moral line this country subscribes to that we won’t cross?
Further, when he chides the Democrats for obstructing his cabinet appointees how can he view it as “unprecedented obstruction,” considering the GOP’s actions during the Obama administration?
Spicer finally admitted Tuesday the president really has no plan to replace the affordable health care act, but will take time to develop a better plan.
At the end of the day dealing with real issues instead of ill-fitting suits, Nordstrom and SNL spoofs would do this president a world of good as he continues forward.
But questions remain about his decision making and it really doesn’t matter who fields the questions in the White House press room as long as those questions remain.
President Trump said only he could bring this country together.
It remains to be seen how he can keep that particular promise as the daily press briefings devolve into a sideshow of strange amusements.
Maybe he only wants one term.