Here we are, believe it or not, fast approaching the first quarter mile turn on the metaphorical 2018 One Mile Trump Derby Race and Fashion Show. Currently, the favorite, God-Emperor (1) is ahead of SJW’s Last Hope (13) and JEB’s Your Daddy (17) by at least 8 lengths and his jockey has now reversed his seat and is making funny faces at the rest of the field as they rapidly shrink into the middle-distance. Abandoning the horse racing metaphor (‘cause I can’t think of anything more), we have CNN and MSNBC praising President Trump’s initiative with North Korea, the President of the Steelworkers’ Union telling Chuck Todd that Trump will get electoral support from the rank and file over his trade stance and NeverTrumper Senator Dean Heller is slobbering over President Trump in the forlorn hope that this will help him win his primary. Oh baby, the times they are a changin.
And the only real threat on the horizon, Mueller and his Russian witch-hunt, seems to be turning into a case of the besieger becoming the besieged. I get the impression that the Trump Administration is building a case against Mueller to be used to put some teeth into a tit for tat agreement to end his investigation.
And let’s look at the political environment. The Media is hanging around porn shoots trying to scare up interest in impeachment. Congressional Democrats keep insisting that 2018 is their year to win back the House and Senate. Congressional Republicans are trying to memorize the phrase tax cuts and jobs. The NeverTrumpers are becoming increasingly lonely and confused. The Dissident and Alt-Right are becoming so confident that they are almost giddy. Some of them are toning down parts of their message to broaden their appeal. Others are actually hardening their responses to leftists in the Social Media and the broader culture. In general, there is a sense that the tide is turning against the left. Whether this change is momentary or something that is gaining momentum is still unclear. But there is definitely a change going on. Good.
The Left of course is counter-attacking furiously wherever it can. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have basically expelled the Right from their sites. California has declared war on ICE and the Federal Government. And the activists federal judges are doing everything up to and including criminal malfeasance to block the Trump Administration wherever they can. But I think they know they are getting their butts kicked. Basically, these are delaying actions, scorching the earth behind their retreat. Good.
So, what about me? How do I feel about all this? I am generally optimistic. I think President Trump has shown that he can handle random catastrophes like the school shooting and deflect a lot of the media noise away from himself and his agenda. And with the extremely strong economic news and the positive foreign policy news he’s positioned to help the hapless Republicans weather the 2018 midterms.
As a sanity check I understand that bad things are going to happen intermittently throughout the Trump Administration. And some of them may be so dire that they destroy the progress currently being made. But that’s the nature of life. What Trump has done is demonstrate that we need a leader as President not a bureaucrat. We must demand that whoever is the next President gets results. He must work for us and not the global cartel. I just hope Mike Pence is taking good notes and Donald Trump will give us his honest opinion of who his successor should be.
So, there we are. Things are good and look to get even better. Maybe Justice Kennedy will do the right thing. He can vote constitutionally for freedom of religion on the Wedding Baker case and then retire to his beach house on Fire Island and allow a deciding vote Right Wing Justice to ascend to the bench. We can hope to see the Justice Department prosecuting California for obstructing the immigration laws. And we can hope to see Mueller ride off into the sunset with his tail between his legs. Stay tuned. Better days seem to be upon us.