Saturday, October 26, 2019

Worth remembering

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”

                                                                   -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

In practice:

  1. Some things Donald Trump do are counterproductive at best.
  2. Donald Trump has been wronged countless times since he came down the escalator in 2015.
Or, if you'd prefer:
  1. Donald Trump is not the sort of person you'd want to be president in an ideal world.
  2. We don't live in an ideal world and the current batch of Democrats are uniformly horrible people who should have no power, ever.


Gino said...

Both Bushes, McCain and Romney, Ryan et al... behaved 'ideally' to those who are paid to make such judgement.

Some of us who exist in another reality think the opposite is true...
Trump is behaving ideally, in the real world of politics, not unlike the street where we live; when you live or die based upon your will for one over the other.

We cannot spare this man.
He fights.

Mr. D said...

He fights.

Yes. And this is not a normal world.

jerrye92002 said...

Not so much that he fights, but that he doesn't take their S**!, just hurls it back at them. That challenges their supposed moral and intellectual superiority (which they assume) and they hate him for it. I say the best thing that could happen for this country would be to have Democrats roundly defeated at the next election-- call it reality slapping them in the face with a tire iron.

R.A. Crankbait said...

Armies almost always end up fighting the last war, and it looks like it's true in this case as well. The Democrats don't know how to react to someone who doesn't cower like the other Republicans. The "you're a meanie" meme doesn't affect him a bit, and they've escalated their personal attacks, perhaps thinking they're matching Trump's behavior, but what they should be be doing is figuring out he's doing that makes him popular. Their hate plays well in their privileged bubbles, abetted by the media that thinks the same way. They just assume it's self-evident that the everyone would be better off without Trump, and that is the sole focus of their "policy". They are not pushing anything legislatively and then they let their vision be articulated by the presidential campaigns of their far-left madcaps, with no thought to how that plays with the folks outside the urban blue bubbles. "But, Trump" is probably not a winning theme when the alternatives to Trump are stacked up beside him. It certainly didn't stop him in the Republican primaries in 2016; folks did their comparisons and voted him on. This was much to their delight at the time because they were already of a mind that he'd be easy pickings for the "best prepared candidate ever", and boy, were they surprised. And they have learned nothing. Tulsi Gabbard gets it, I think, but that means she'll probably get whacked, figuratively or literally.

jerrye92002 said...

Trump's greatest virtue, in the minds of many, is that he grievously offends all of the right people.

Petercorp said...

A few things that I've come to finally understand over the past few months are that Trump is really on his own. And he will pull the curtain down to expose all of them if given the chance. And that the establishment is so strong that it doesn't matter who sits in the oval office. Bernie isn't going to get any of what he wants done. It'll be worse for him, or even for Warren if she wins. Their own party will support them less than the Republicans do for Trump.

If Trump does get tossed out by enough senators, and Pence is able to avoid any landmines, and I think that he's shrewd enough of a politician to do so, he'd beat Warren. It'd be close against Bern, or most of the establishmentarians. But justice would lose another election like so the many that it has. I don't hate top admit that I've been wrong, but it's never any fun. Seeing the reality was enough to make up for it