Thursday, November 08, 2018

Glenn Reynolds on where we go from here

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit has an article in USA Today that discusses the coming gridlock inherent in a split Congress (the Democrats dominate the House of Representatives while the Republicans dominate the Senate, setting the stage for a constant legislative tug of war). Two crucial paragraphs:

For Trump, at least, there are some upsides to a Democratic-controlled House. If, as expected, the leadership consists of people like Nancy Pelosi, Jerrold Nadler, Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters, Trump will have a useful array of foils. He’ll have to balance his desire to use them as convenient enemies in the run-up to 2020 and his need to work with them to produce some sort of legislative achievement.

Likewise, the Democrats will have to decide whether to weaponize the House via investigations and subpoenas or to work with the president. Rendell strongly encouraged the latter, but the party’s Trump-hating base will strongly favor the former. On the other hand, the Trump-hating base failed to produce the promised Blue Wave.

What's it like to be Donald Trump? I think it's a lot like trying to set up a nice, quiet picnic in an area beset by ants and mosquitoes. With so many annoyances requiring so much swatting, it's almost impossible to have a picnic at all.

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