Monday, December 12, 2016

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The Fate of Trump’s Presidency Will Be Decided in Republican Congress

Preparations for the presidential inauguration on Capitol
 Hill, December 8, 2016. (Reuters photo: Jonathan Ernst)
Tweets and theater entertain, but Congress is the main event.
The most amusing part of the Trump transition has been watching its effortless confounding of the media, often in fewer than 140 characters. One morning, after a Fox News report on lefty nuttiness at some obscure New England college — a flag burning that led a more-contemptible-than-usual campus administration to take down the school’s own American flag — Donald Trump tweets that flag burners should go to jail or lose their citizenship.
An epidemic of constitutional chin-tugging and civil-libertarian hair-pulling immediately breaks out. By the time the media have exhausted their outrage over the looming abolition of free speech, judicial supremacy, and affordable kale, Trump has moved on. The tempest had a shorter half-life than the one provoked in August 2015 by a Trump foray into birthright citizenship.
Trump so thoroughly owns the political stage today that the word Clinton seems positively quaint and Barack Obama, who happens to be president of the United States, is totally irrelevant. Obama gave a major national-security address on Tuesday. Lieutenant General Michael Flynn’s son got more attention.
Trump has mesmerized the national media not just with his elaborate cabinet-selection production, by now Broadway-ready, but with a cluster of equally theatrical personal interventions that by traditional standards seem distinctly unpresidential.
Read the rest from Charles Krauthammer HERE.

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