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Good old AM talk radio had me going once again this morning. My favorite morning host, Dan Proft, was talking with Ross Douthat when I got into the car and started my commute. One of the first things that pierced into my consciousness, through the guy doing 25mph in a 40mph zone and the woman creeping out into the intersection of the four way stop before it was her turn, was Ross Douthat talking about how good the Trump campaign was in talking about issues that connected with the voters. He quickly went on to add, though, that Trump hasn’t been good at converting campaign success into good policy.
I pulled over. If anyone had been looking at me they probably would have thought I was having a hands-free conversation with someone on my cell phone. In reality, I was having a one-sided discussion (heated discussion) with my radio.
Now, there are several reasons I was so affected by Douthat’s analysis. I’ll stick to the main reason, though. After all of this time, after almost three years of this administration, after Michelle Fields, the Very Fine People Hoax, Russia Colluuuuusion Hoax, the attempted Borking/Thomasing of Brett Kavanaugh, and simply a general attempted gross marginalization of the president based on wild speculation and unfounded characterizations from both Democrats and Republicans, after all of that how can anyone seriously argue normal political business and negotiation was even a possibility? Seriously. I think Ross Douthat is intelligent, and I think he’s on the conservative side of the spectrum, but this was just breathtakingly out of touch with reality. Maybe you could have reasonably made that argument in October of 2018 before Democrats took control of the House, maybe (not really, but maybe), but not after all that we’ve seen and after all that we know. The truth is that Democrats were locked into “resistance” and a soft coup from the beginning. Locked. There was a window where bygones could have been bygones, but Dems took that opportunity and soiled it and destroyed it and threw it back into President Trump’s face. Many Republicans even did that too. Speaker Ryan had an opportunity to advance the ball, but he instead chose mainly to distance himself from Trump… who knows why.
There is simply no way normal political policy wrangling was going to happen, no way. And here is Ross Douthat talking on October 3rd 2019 as if, ho hum, President Trump simply failed to succeed in the normal game, as if none of the outrageous “resistance” had occurred, as if the mask hadn’t slipped off of so many people abusing power for the sake of their own narrative and power and self-interest. People like using the “calling balls and strikes” metaphor. Well, Douthat is purporting to call balls and strikes when everyone else knows that the game has been canceled so that no one even showed up to play. Instead, while Douthat is talking about Trump’s dismal ERA over a non-existent regular season the whole league is rumbling in the parking lot with chains, knives, and zip guns. Almost all, anyway. Trump and the Dems are rumbling. Who knows what the rest of the Republicans are doing.