Obama was a terrific legislative fighter. But he was reluctant to take his fight with the Republicans public. That and his pivot to deficit reduction helped set up the epic Congressional reverses in 2010. His Administration was never able to pass major legislation again. How does all this spill over onto Hillary Clinton?
Several Republicans who were savaged, slandered and humiliated by Trump have lined up to endorse him. That craven group includes House Speaker Paul Ryan, his wetness Little Marco Rubio, and John ("I like people who were not captured") McCain. Do these people have no self-respect, and no concern for their country? Surely, they have not had a conversion experience and concluded that Trump will be a great leader. Still worse are people like Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, who provide excuses for Trump's outbursts. After Trump's attack on Judge Curiel and threats to use the presidency to go after him, McConnell helpfully explained that a President Trump would be constrained by the advice of a White House Counsel -- as if Trump's inner staff would be anything but Putin-style flunkies.
Throughout the Republican primaries, pundits and pollsters repeatedly told us he'd peaked, that his most recent outrageous statement was his downfall, that he was viewed as so unlikeable he didn't stand a chance of getting the nomination. But in my travels around the country, I've found many who support him precisely because of the qualities he's being criticized for having.
Altogether these demographics, latest polling and the historical electoral map point to the reality that Donald Trump is right about one thing: He has truly woken up the 'silent majority.' His problem isn't whether or not he's right about that, but rather that he woke it up against his own self-interest.