President Trump is having a good New Year’s Day:
“The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America has long been a “sucker” in world affairs all defined his presidency down.
It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not. When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. His early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.
It is not that all of the president’s policies have been misguided. He was right to align U.S. corporate taxes with those of global competitors, to strip out excessive regulations, to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, to reform criminal justice and to appoint conservative judges. These are policies mainstream Republicans have promoted for years. But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency. …
I look forward to working on these priorities with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other senators.
Furthermore, I will act as I would with any president, in or out of my party: I will support policies that I believe are in the best interest of the country and my state, and oppose those that are not. I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions…”
I think it is fair to say that this website has been the harshest critic of the Trump administration in the movement. Mitt Romney, however, is about to finally arrive in the Senate and his first act is to remind us that Trump has actually made a few good moves lately.
Trump fired ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis and is dragging his feet to withdraw from Syria. Mitt Romney is reminding us that if he were president Gary Cohn, Nikki Haley and Jim Mattis would still be there. We would also still be in Syria after overthrowing the Assad government for Israel. He even went so far as to praise “journalists” who Trump has correctly described as the “enemy of the people.”
I think having Mitt Romney in the Senate to carry the mantle of Jeff Flake will work out well for Trump. The Senate isn’t going to do anything Trump’s voters support anyway and having Romney in there giving speeches like this allows Trump to position himself as the alternative to both the True Cons in Congress and the Democrats. It has been a while since I was reminded it could be worse.