Last Wednesday, I thought that the biggest political story this week would continue to be the Senate’s apparently unstoppable confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, and all of the damage to our future democracy that his confirmation would likely bring. I should have known better.
Living in today’s weird world of Trump, it seems that his White House reign keeps producing unsettling surprises virtually every week. The latest was The New York Times’ publication of an anonymous letter from a White House staffer who described him/herself as part of “the resistance.” The letter appeared almost simultaneously with legendary reporter Bob Woodward’s release of his new bombshell book “Fear: Trump in the White House.”
It’s too soon to know whether either of those developments will have a meaningful impact on the outcome of the November midterm elections. (They should…but then Trump’s outrageous behavior and statements in 2016 should have kept him from being elected in the first place.) We’re already seeing vigorous push-back from the White House and the GOP, and millions of right wing dollars are being spent for midterm Republican candidates to counter voter uncertainty.
During the remaining months of Trump’s time in office (however long that might be), I’m sure there will be many more occasions when we will learn disturbing facts about “The Donald’s” behavior as our nation’s chief executive. We can hope they don’t do too much damage. — And for now, that’s all I’m going to say about this latest strange chapter in our American history.
However, the fact that President Trump dominates so much of our attention, even when he doesn’t want it, is what’s behind my essay today. This reality registered with me at last weekend’s NTDO Annual Picnic. (I will save the details about the actual meeting for a P.S. below this commentary.) As usual, the picnic – indoors this year – drew an impressive group of Democratic legislators, officials and candidates.
As I listened to their comments I realized that in today’s “everything is about Trump” environment, it’s easy to lose sight of the critically important contests being waged in our home state – from the governor’s race on down the ticket. Continue reading Donald Is Distracting Us