Learning From Losses

President Trump’s mid-term election characterizations — “Big Victory” and “very Big Win” and “great Midterm Election” — are disingenuous at best, but the bigger loss, I believe, was their lost opportunity.

The Republicans did win two to four U.S. Senate seats but did so with what has been called the most favorable Republican Senate election map as a result of redistricting, gerrymandering, and population shifts in over 100 years, but they lost control of half of the legislative branch. Moreover, the number of Republican women will likely decrease even as the number of women in Congress increased by at least ten. Even state-level results are mixed at best where Republicans won some important governor races, such as Florida and Ohio, but flipped none while losing at least seven, such as Wisconsin, Kansas, and Illinois. Continue reading “Learning From Losses”

From “Trump’s White House, A Bully’s Pulpit”

Of course, some Democrats and other public figures have also used overheated rhetoric. But as Mr. Trump has said a number of times about critics, “I’m president and they’re not.”

It may turn out that nothing the president said set off the person who has been detained and is suspected of sending pipe bombs to several people who criticized President Trump.

But all Americans have heard the president utter falsehoods, fan phony fears and conspiracy theories and use words to assail, insult and demean, rather than console, encourage or heal. So often, the president has turned his national bully pulpit into a bully’s pulpit.

Trump’s White House, A Bully’s Pulpit” by Scott Simon

Double Standards

I’m struck by the blatant hypocrisy of Republicans, such as Mitch McConnell, who complain about their sense that Democrats are seeking to delay this Supreme Court confirmation vote. McConnell and other Republicans had no hesitation when they delayed former President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination, so their criticisms about any efforts to delay this vote suggest their double standard. At least he could have some sense of integrity if he would just proclaim that he beat the Democrats at the delaying game.