Trump could be the chief of state, just as Queen Elizabeth is chief of state of Great Britain. In that capacity, he could pose for photographs in the Oval Office, preside over state dinners, deliver the State of the Union addresses, and enjoy the limos, the helicopters, the Marine guards, Air Force One, “Hail to the Chief” and all the other ruffles and flourishes that come with being president. Such accoutrements ought to be enough to satisfy even a man of his colossal ego.
It’s too soon to know how badly Donald Trump damaged himself by belittling John McCain’s war record on July 18 in Iowa. After all, George W. Bush wasn’t hurt in the 2000 South Carolina primary when his operatives rumored that McCain had an illegitimate black child, nor was W hurt in the 2004 election when his Swift Boat surrogates defamed John Kerry’s war record, nor was McCain’s campaign for the 2008 Republican nomination derailed by his reputation as a bully and hothead.
Trump himself has until now been helped, not harmed, by insulting his GOP rivals as losers, clowns, dummies and lightweights. But his McCain slam gives other candidates an opening to mime indignation. For them, it can’t come a moment too soon, because Trump was on the verge of owning the machismo brand.
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The echo chamber created by Washington’s beltway wonders how seriously New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential plans have been harmed by revelations that his henchmen took revenge on Democrats by causing traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge. It is far too early to tell, but based on current information it is fairly easy to shift perspective and see how this could accelerate rather than impede his political career. Continue reading Christie Comes Out A Winner?
Texas Governor Rick Perry has recently taken to appearing around the country at political events and in television interviews wearing stylish dark-rimmed eyeglasses. And, while, according to some observers, his new specs made him look smarter, he continues to display a profound case of myopia. Continue reading Gov. Rick Perry’s New Eyeglasses Haven’t Improved His Vision
What can they do? They will rely on independent PACs, thanks to the Supreme Court, and field independently wealthy candidates to overwhelm Republican moderates and Democratic candidates. It is a path to gridlock…which is exactly their goal. Continue reading The GOP “No Win” Strategy