I’ve made it clear that I don’t like the President, nor do I like mainstream media. These are not mutually exclusive biases; just because they’re opposed to each other doesn’t mean I have to pick a side in general. I support the President’s attacks on mainstream media when they’re righteous and I support the media when they point out the President’s mistakes. Usually, I don’t support either.
One particular piece by Chris Cillizza on CNN struck me. The title was clever – Donald Trump is playing zero-dimensional chess on the government shutdown – and while I don’t agree with all of it, much made perfect sense. One line in particular was profound and actually explains a lot:
“As a businessman, Trump liked to let the world come to him and react to it. That’s the exact same philosophy he’s brought to the White House.”
That pretty much sums it up.
What explains Trump’s decision to provoke Pelosi and Schumer in advance of the meeting? Some of Trump’s allies will insist that he is playing a strategic game that people like me are just too dumb to see. That by forcing Democrats to walk away from the table, Trump will improve his party’s leverage. Or something.
But, the simpler explanation is that Trump is playing — and has always been playing — zero-dimensional chess. There is no grand strategy. There is no broad blueprint. There is just impulse, reaction and then reaction to the reaction.
Chris Christie’s new book hits President Trump’s advisers hard, especially Jared Kushner
Democrats’ lies about border wall and shutdown are building a permanent radical progressive base
Sasse thinks Democrats like Barr but still won’t vote for him because of politics
Gang of Eight grows to 20: DACA amnesty for border wall pretty much a done deal
Most in society don’t realize the creeping occultism that surrounds us
As media, Democrats turn to other topics, we need to keep up the pressure for the wall
As progressive tariffs continue, China scores biggest trade surplus in history
3 reasons to build the wall despite polls showing it isn’t popular
Understanding the real crisis at the border and how to frame it properly
Opposition to the border wall is 100% fueled by spite for President Trump
Art Laffer on why a trade deficit is a good thing
Thomas Sowell isn’t a fan of tariffs
Rand Paul didn’t like the Democrats raising foreign aid as the border wall goes unfunded
Voddie Baucham on sifting religion and how it applies to the news
John Cornyn knew how to handle government shutdown temper tantrums
Culture and Religion13 hours ago
What Areva Martin accusing David Webb of ‘white privilege’ says about progressives’ identity politics
Guns and Crime10 hours ago
Bill Barr on immigration: Open the front door, but don’t let them crash through the back door
Guns and Crime14 hours ago
The real threats to gun owner rights aren’t on Capitol Hill
Culture and Religion15 hours ago
Why true liberals should embrace limited government
Foreign Affairs22 hours ago
Iran and the Taliban: A tactical alliance?
Automotive24 hours ago
2020 Volkswagen Passat will make the midsize sedan stylish again
Military11 hours ago
Israel, Great Britain air forces to conduct first joint drill
Culture and Religion22 hours ago
Democratic National Committee drops partnership with Women’s March