VDH delves into history to find examples of leaders restoring greatness to a declining civilization. The primary example he picks is Eastern Roman emperor Justinian the Great turning around the military, cultural and religious decay of sixth century Byzantium and thereby providing the foundation for a civilization that saved Eastern and possibly all Europe from Islam. Interesting read.
There’s an old Air Force expression, “If you’re not catching flak, you’re not over the target.” Well the White House and the Cabinet are certainly taking plenty of flak. And I’m pretty sure it’s because they’re over the target. Yesterday I saw this headline 51% favor wall . And at the same time the media and the craziest of the Dems (e.g. Maxine Waters) started advocating harassing anyone to the right of Nancy Pelosi, Dems gin up a mob to harass the White House . It got so bad that Schumer and Pelosi had to come out publicly condemning open calls for harassment. I’m guessing that the Dems are starting to see the handwriting on the wall. They’ve gone from blustering about a blue tsunami to whistling past the graveyard, to full panic mode. Of course, desperation can spark irrational behavior and that can have unexpected results but on the whole, it looks to me like a sea change is beginning to occur in public opinion. When the public sees Italy closing its ports to refugee boats and even the Germans demanding an end to open borders it’s hard to not see the writing on the wall.
What’s next? Will Jeb Bush and Bill Kristol show up wearing MAGA hats and asking for face time with the President? Hopefully not but I wouldn’t be shocked to see them begin the great rapprochement. After all, the GOP establishment hated Reagan’s guts until he conquered the world. Then they canonized him.
As I stated previously, I’ve gone full-Pollyanna on the future under Trump and so I’m slightly delusional but I suspect that even the deepest pessimists are starting to see daylight.
Of course, the real test is when CNN or MSNBC switches sides. Expect to see Satan wearing mittens and a parka but don’t be too surprised when it happens. My guess is if the midterms go particularly well for the Republicans and Mueller throws in the towel then the floodgates will open and it will be everybody jumping on board the Trump Train.
Gee, do you think it’s too late for Rosie O’Donnell to mend those fences.