At The Hill Republican speechwriter Douglas MacKinnon remarks on the Trump presidency:
From day one, a continual knock against President Trump from these elites has been that “Trump is a one-man-band who can’t be controlled.”
Newsflash: It is precisely because he is a one-man-band who can’t be controlled that he got himself elected president and is transforming a calcified government into a more fluid process that better reflects his vision and experience.
Because Trump is the outsider-of-all-outsiders to these elites, they refuse to give him credit for any positive momentum or accomplishment — none.
continuing by pointing out that the outsider defeated 16 seasoned, well-financed Republican opponents to get the Republican nomination. He concludes:
Yes, Trump has reinvented the presidency. He plays by his own rules. He has changed the tenor and tone of the Oval Office, made it his own — as every president does to a degree.
You don’t like that? There is a solution. Stop whining and wasting your time trying to steal back the White House and simply gear up to try to beat him at the ballot box.
That’s not quite right. Assuming that the Democratic leadership, unlike in 2016, has actually read the Constitution, get out the vote campaigns in New York, Massachusetts, and California will not be enough to defeat Trump in November of next year. They will actually need to collect more electoral votes than Trump does and that may be more difficult than it sounds.
I genuinely wonder what the Democratic leadership want? Are they planning to draw themselves up to their full height and stand firmly on principles that are shared by, perhaps, 15% of the American people?
Let’s consider the state of the Democratic field. Joe Biden’s support has never gone below 26% of Democrats been as high as 41% of Democrats. There’s a three-way contest for second place. Let’s look at that tier of candidates.
It needs to be said. Bernie Sanders is not going to be the Democratic nominee. There’s a simple reason for that: he’s not a Democrat. A president is not only the leader of the executive branch of government, he or, perhaps someday, she is also the leader of her or his party. Nominating an independent undercuts the very notion of party affiliation. The DNC simply cannot allow that and expect the party to survive.
Elizabeth Sanders is, basically, Hillary Clinton 2.0 without as much political experience and a thinner resume. What states will she carry that Hillary Clinton did not? Fraudulently claiming Indian ancestry to get a job isn’t going to help her, either.
The reason that Joe Biden has held his lead is that he’s supported by blacks as a known quantity. That’s the reason Pete Buttigieg won’t become the Democratic nominee.
All of the other candidates are in single digits. A whole group of solid, experienced candidates have dropped out of the race, largely because they’re just too moderate to gain the support of Democratic primary voters, darn it.
That’s the reason that everybody who can finance his own campaign and has ever wanted to be president is jumping into the candidate. There’s a solid leader in the race for whom very few have any real enthusiasm.