by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
This is the best description I’ve seen of President Trump. It comes in a National Review piece by Victor Davis Hanson. The piece begins this way:
One way of envisioning the Democratic obsessions with Donald Trump is as an addiction. We have seen the initial impeachment efforts; the attempt to get him under the emoluments clause, the Logan Act, and the 25th Amendment; the Russian collusion hoax; the Mueller investigation; the demand for his tax returns; and the psychodramas involving Michael Avenatti, Michael Cohen, and Stormy Daniels. Relentless progressives have needed a new Get Trump fix about every two months.
After describing the obsession with Trump and the lack of ideas that is apparent when one strips away the obsession, Hanson writes this:
Trump, like Moby Dick, seems a weird force of nature whose wounds from constant attacks only seem to make him more indestructible and his attackers even more obsessed with their prey.
Bingo. I remain puzzled by the notion that attacks that become more histrionic by the day will somehow help Democrats regain the White House. How do the attacks persuade a Trump supporter to change his or her vote in 2020? How do the attacks convince anyone who’s on the fence to reject Trump at the ballot box? How does it make any sense to attack with outrageous vigor the person you say is terrible because he is so outrageous?
Mr. Trump wasn’t my first choice. I envisioned a Marco Rubio/Carly Fiorina administration. I wanted generational change. But I lost and I accepted it. For those of us who remain rational about this president, his policies and decisions are a mixture of pro-freedom and pro-collectivism. Most concerning to me: the reliance on tariffs and a lack of concern about the federal debt. Most promising to me: a concern for the working class and those who have no hope, and the appointment of judges to the federal judiciary. In other words, he’s a mixed bag like many other presidents. We will survive his tenure and endorse or reject his actions with the election of a different president — whether in 2020 or 2024. What makes this presidency unique – aside from the unexpected win – is the irrationality of the president’s opponents.