The president has set a commendable example of cool-headed self-restraint since the election.
This clumsy assault by the New York Times on the Epoch Times, which is chiefly a brave voice of religious freedom and free expression, effectively concedes how powerful are those moral forces.
His vice president has done all he could to regain the initiative for the administration. It is up to Trump to raise his game, hammer home his argument, and sweep Biden aside in the last two debates.
This campaign, as it enters its last month, continues to be a bouncing football. This campaign, and this president, are like no other.
Apart from the accumulated limitations of the former vice president’s performance as a functioning candidate, there are other problems already clawing at him or waiting to pounce.
From February 5, 2020, onward, Mitt Romney is a political outcast—a briefly useful idiot for the defeated Democrats and a traitor to the party he once led in a presidential election.
The Democrats’ walls are not closing in—they are crumbling. And they are about to be overrun by the fierce army of the president’s millions of supporters.
The Democrats will have to give up their pretense of playing moral custodians of the national virtue against a monster who has usurped and abused power. They will have to try to find a presentable nominee from the puny harvest of their declared candidates to run against the incumbent fair and square.
The high court of the whole enfranchised nation will determine whether the president retains his office, in nine months, and this kind of unfounded assault must be discouraged, lest it become routine.
The United States will pursue its interests and will reciprocate allied support, but not write a blank check for every country that asks for it.
There is a widespread aversion to the president, but his record in office is increasingly hard to dispute and his attractions as the ultimate single combat warrior are slowly growing.
The cant and emotionalism that enshrouds this final doomed effort to undo the 2016 election probably require a full trial. The public relations battle must be fought to the end.
This president's accomplishments are not small. Substance outlasts style and his style pleases as many Americans as it repulses. Most important, his substantive achievements will be remembered on Election Day and thereafter.
The bipartisan political consensus of the 32 post-Reagan years has been unmasked, debunked, and overthrown. The political establishment will require a long time to reconstruct itself after this re-enactment of the fate of Humpty Dumpty.
The overwhelming majority of Americans will support the president—the Democrats have put their head in a noose while standing over a trap-door. The consequences are predictable.