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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 07:41 AM

A Second Term for What?
Trump can't win by relitigating 2016 and playing only to his base.
By The Editorial Board
June 19, 2019 7:18 pm ET
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President Trump announced his campaign for a second term at a rally in Orlando on Tuesday evening that recounted his first-term record and 2016 victory before thousands of rapturous supporters. The only thing missing was an agenda for 2020.

The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was. Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile.

The President is also right that his opponents have refused to recognize the legitimacy of his election. House Democrats may still try to impeach him for not obstructing an investigation into what wasn't a conspiracy with Russia. His sense of "grievance," to quote the media meme about his speech, on that point is entirely justified.

Yet Mr. Trump is asking for four more years, and his preoccupation with vindicating 2016 won't resonate much beyond his core supporters. Most voters have moved on from 2016, which is why a majority opposes impeachment in every poll. They don't much care about Mr. Trump's greatest hits about Hillary Clinton, who alas for the President will not be on the ballot in 2020. They want to know why they should take a risk on Mr. Trump and his volatile character for another term.

This is all the more important given the way his first term has evolved on policy. One paradox is that his main policy successes have come from pursuing a conventional conservative agenda. The failures have been on the issues like trade and immigration that are the most identified with Trumpian disruption.

The economy's renewed growth spurt came from tax reform, deregulation, liberating energy production and ending the anti-business harassment of the Obama years. His remaking of the judiciary and rebuilding of the military unite Republicans of all stripes. Criminal justice reform was the result of years of spade work on the right and left.

Mr. Trump deserves credit for pursuing all of this despite often ferocious opposition that might have intimidated a different GOP President. That's true in particular of his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord, where U.S. Democratic and media opinion is aligned with Europe's elites.

On immigration, however, the President missed a chance to strike a deal trading more border security (including his wall) for legalizing Dreamers. He must now confront the asylum crisis at the border with no help from Democrats. On trade, Mr. Trump has disrupted global rules but has put nothing new and stable in their place. Asking voters to believe he'll do better on these issues in a second term isn't likely to turn many swing voters his way.

The other paradox of the Trump Presidency is his low approval rating despite a stronger economy. The polls show his approval rating on the economy is above 50% but his overall approval is 44.3% in the Real Clear Politics average. The difference is best explained by Mr. Trump's polarizing behavior, which has alienated in particular college-educated voters and Republican women. In the latest Wall Street Journal-NBC poll, Mr. Trump is underwater with white college-educated women by a remarkable 20 percentage points.

Mr. Trump may figure he can persuade some of those skeptics by making the Democratic nominee even more unpopular than he is. If the Democrats oblige by nominating Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren, that might be possible. But that is making a bet on the other party's mistake, and a re-election campaign is typically a referendum on the incumbent.

Which is all the more reason to offer voters something more for a second term.

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:27 AM

WSJ wringing its collective hands.

Oh, dear....Oh, my........Oh, dear.........Oh, my..........
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:32 AM

Bull. Voters DO care a LOT about the abuses indicted by the left on Trump and he can and should talk about them all day and every day until election 2020.

WSJ can kiss my a. And then take a seat at the back of the bus. Another fake news trying to use their bully pulpit...Iím so fn sick of it!
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:02 AM

I old enough to remember when we actually cared what the WSJ said. They still don't get it.
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:10 AM

Get bent, WSJ.

Ironic, when you swap their letters around they read SJW. :lol:
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 11:20 AM

"On immigration, however, the President missed a chance to strike a deal trading more border security (including his wall) for legalizing Dreamers. He must now confront the asylum crisis at the border with no help from Democrats. On trade, Mr. Trump has disrupted global rules but has put nothing new and stable in their place. Asking voters to believe he'll do better on these issues in a second term isn't likely to turn many swing voters his way."

Missed the boat on both of these statements. He offered Dems more than they asked for in DACA and they refused to even talk about increasing border security (that includes a wall as a central part of a much larger strategy)and as far as trade, we were getting screwed in every one that was put into place be previous administrations (D and R). We have the strongest economy, pretty much in our history so we hold all the cards and leverage. If foreign business (governments) want access to our markets, then it should benefit both sides equally. He isn't asking for special treatment, only equal treatment that allows our businesses to compete on a level paying field.
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 01:18 PM

View PostMTP Reggie, on 20 June 2019 - 07:41 AM, said:

A Second Term for What?
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FOR WHAT, you ask?? Hell, that's easy - to prevent backsliding into that abyss that all the demn (d@mn?) policies would cause. To avoid becoming another venezuela. To avoid punitive taxation for anyone actually succeeding at business. To avoid being overrun, and then bankrupted by illegals who take out much, but contribute little (except more and more mouths we must feed). To avoid schools becoming indoctrination centers, vice learning centers. To avoid being sucked into globalist ideas like global warming climate change agreements that punish us, but don't compel the biggest polluters like china, and india to conform. To avoid being forced to accept 'health care' govt style - it raises your premiums, causes longer wait times (months in some cases), and limits your options due to rationing of treatments, and being given painkillers vice actual treatment if you are of an advanced age, and are deemed of little value to keep alive. It also will lower the quality of care due to good physicians being forced out of the field due to very little return for all the costs/time to get educated. (while the politicians are exempted from being stuck with govt health care). Also, to prevent the continued insanity / cruelty of killing the most innocent among us - the babies, born and unborn.

There is more, but this is just off the top of my head. If they can't see these reasons, then they have their heads buried in the sand, or stuck up their back orifice.

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 01:40 PM

What ASE said. Oh, and to hear the Left cry like a b!tch a second time.
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