Political activity seems to be both voluminous and moving at hyper-speed these days. If you’re like me, the stimuli are often overwhelming, especially when I try to make sense of it all. Occasionally I take comfort in simply noting my observations for now with a desire to see the forest after viewing the trees. Maybe that will work for you, too!
So, here are some random musings from my week.
- Quinnipiac Poll reports support for Trump has dropped like a rock since election night. Trump doesn’t talk much about polls these days.
- In the face of growing protests against the incoming administration on so many fronts, one has to wonder if we’re about to experience the turmoil of the 1960s. There is a war on, after all.
- There may be more people in DC protesting than attending the inauguration. That is as it should be IMHO.
- Trump seems to have ended the notion that only Republicans are motivated by fear.
- Donald Trump enters his only term as a lame duck. Gallup reports his approval as ‘the lowest ever.’ The honeymoon has ended before it began.
- The prospect of a President Pence grows. That’s a lose-lose proposition if there ever was one.
- Political correctness calls for saying the election is settled, even in the face of Russia’s interference and likely collusion with Trump’s people. This doesn’t sit well with most Americans who inherently yearn for justice and fairness.
- Trump doesn’t seem to grasp that people know how to respond to bullying — group resistance and/or superior shows of force. The press, the intelligence community, and great numbers of those he denigrates regularly will soon stop taking it and there will be hell to pay.
- Trump’s refinement of the Republican “big lie” tactic is wearing thin in the light of the big stage.
- Accusing the DNC of responsibility for Russia disrupting our election is a shameful example of victim blaming. Thought we were smarter than that. Maybe we are. Didn’t seem to gain traction.
- Senate hearings obviate the distance between Trump’s stated positions and those of his appointees. That’s a solid 8 on the 10-point chaos predictor scale.
- Hurriedly mashing all these confirmation hearings together reminds me of the “flood the zone” strategies from my days playing football. Same with the frequent Trump tweet frenzies in the press. Sucks the air out of the room for thoughtful discussion and evaluation.
- Used to think being an elected official was the toughest job in DC. Being Trump’s press secretary or a member of the White House press corps seem far worse these days.
- Didn’t know a thing about the three black women in “Hidden Figures”. Got to wonder how many more stories of our black brothers and sisters remain untold. Racism is politics.
I share these in hopes of spurring some dialogue to help us all make sense of the current Trump-induced chaos that is American politics. Let me hear from you on any or all! Got some of your own to share?