Trump, the Mid-Terms and the Republican Party

(Editor’s Note:  This is part three of a series on ‘Politics in the Trump Era’)

In the first two parts of “Politics in the Trump Era”, we took a look at prospects going into the mid-term elections of a couple of weeks ago and of the effect that Donald Trump has had on both the Democratic and Republican parties, driving each to be less compromising and driving out those in both parties who may be willing to compromise with the opposing party.

In the final part of this series, we’ll look at the effect of Donald Trump on the elections and the Republican Party, which he leads as its highest officeholder. Continue reading “Trump, the Mid-Terms and the Republican Party”

Trump’s Effect on US Politics (part 2 of a series)

(Editor’s Note:  This is part two of a series on ‘Politics in the Trump Era’)

During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to ‘drain the swamp’, which was a way of saying he would be a radically different President.  After defying almost all the polls and conventional wisdom by being elected, I think all would agree that he has fulfilled that promise. As President, he has totally gone against conventional wisdom and has set his own course, whether for good or bad.

In doing so, both his Presidency and his campaign have had an impact on US politics probably far more than anyone else in the last century, at least. As mid-term elections approach, it seems a somehow timely and appropriate to reflect on those changes. Continue reading “Trump’s Effect on US Politics (part 2 of a series)”

Mid-Term Elections Two Weeks Out (Part 1 of a Series)

(Editor’s Note:  This is part one of a series on ‘Politics in the Trump Era’)

Two weeks from now, we hold mid-term elections which will determine control of the Senate and House of Representatives.  Traditionally, the party that holds the Presidency loses seats in the mid-term elections and, in some recent cases, loses a large number of seats and control flips to the other party. This year’s elections shape up to be similar in many ways, yet different in a number of others. Continue reading “Mid-Term Elections Two Weeks Out (Part 1 of a Series)”

On the Kavanaugh SCOTUS Hearings…

The biggest item in the news last week was the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has been rated ‘well qualified’ by the American Bar Association but two days before the Justice Committee was to vote, allegations of sexual assault surfaced from when he was in high school.

The news is big enough that it can’t be ignored but, frankly, Thinking Man has debated what to say on the topic, not because there isn’t plenty to say but because the issue, to quote Sen. Jeff Flake, “is tearing our country apart”. Opinions on the topic have been passionate and unwavering, each convinced so clearly that they are right that they also think the other ‘side’ not just wrong but downright evil.  Continue reading “On the Kavanaugh SCOTUS Hearings…”