Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Stephen F. Hayes, Weekly Standard, It is a little more than six months into the Trump administration, and there have been things to praise. These stand out because they are exceptions to the daily turmoil and dysfunction of the Trump White House. As president, Donald Trump has not risen to the occasion. There was no pivot to normalcy after his turbulent campaign. No hidden statesman has emerged from inside Trump, and he has not, as he recently suggested he might, become "more presidential" than anyone other than "the late, great Abraham Lincoln." So far, the president is the picture of a failed leader. His administration is a disaster. It was also reported that special counsel Robert Mueller had impaneled a grand jury, a sure sign that his investigation into interference in the 2016 election and the possibility the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia was growing in scope and intensity. It's tedious to summarize. And easy to overlook how dangerous it's becoming.

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The Associated Press reported last week that two of Trump's top advisers, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, have long understood the risks of the Trump presidency. "Mattis and Kelly also agreed in the earliest weeks of Trump's presidency that one of them should remain in the United States at all times to keep tabs on the orders rapidly emerging from the White House, according to a person familiar with the discussions."

This is a profound commentary on the man who serves as de facto leader of the free world. Kelly is now Trump's chief of staff, which has some weary Republicans once again hoping for change. But Trump is still president. So the Mattis-Kelly plan strikes us as a good model for all Republicans. Play defense.

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We've got to acknowledge the sober conservatives as they reveal themselves. Hayes recites the few things that the right applauds Trump for having done in service of their agenda while still accurately seeing his almost complete dysfunction and his personal unsuitability for the job he was elected to perform - arguably the hardest and most important one on the planet - for which he is woefully unprepared for and incompetent in execution of.

It's heartening to see honest conservatives seeing the same things that his opponents have always seen in this self-promoting carnival barker turned President and the things in question have absolutely nothing to do with his politics and policies and everything to do with his unfitness for the office he tentatively holds and the immense responsibility he carries for the safety of billions on planet Earth. Hopefully more and more will be able to ignore his myopic appeals that blatant partisan politics drive those who oppose his presidency when in fact it's his lack of ability and judgment in understanding, upholding, or respecting his constitutionally proscribed duties that make him unacceptable and dangerous. It's past time for his wiser supporters to recognize this reality before it bites us all in the butt.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-08-06 08:12 AM | Reply

Sorry but the bad judgement was in supporting him in the first place. There are no do-overs. We told you what you were voting for, we told you who you were supporting. He showed you on his campaign what a freak he is. Then he brings his kids into the WH? Weekly Standard has damaged itself, I doubt that it will ever recover. It is no longer a publication to take seriously.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-06 10:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

My rules stand the same: if you voted for Trump or support(ed) him, I have absolutely no use for you. If you didn't vote for Clinton (even if ONLY to prevent Trump from assuming the presidency), I barely have any use for you, and probably never will ultimately.

That's it, cut and dry.

#3 | Posted by bocaink at 2017-08-06 11:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#3 | POSTED BY BOCAINK

I admire your resolve (if not your logic). I find it hard to accept that anyone could knowingly vote for either one.

#4 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-08-07 10:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#4

I can accept it, Hillary was Brussels sprouts, Trump was thumbtacks, and you had to eat one or the other.

#5 | Posted by bocaink at 2017-08-08 06:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

" I find it hard to accept that anyone could knowingly vote for either one."

I once offered my five year old a choice of which vegetable he would eat, he said neither one. Guess what, he hat the green peas. He didn't choose the peas, I did but he ate them anyway.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-08 08:14 AM | Reply

Dems always have a hard time understanding anyone who has a different opinion than them. This comment board is always my fact check source for that statement...and you guys didn't disappoint. I like consistency.

#7 | Posted by humtake at 2017-08-08 12:14 PM | Reply

It doesn't matter who is POTUS anymore. There will never be a great President because of the people. Abraham Lincoln was a huge racist but understood that all people should be treated equally by governing bodies. Yet, because he said so many racist things then he never would have been voted in today. The problem isn't the candidates; the problem is the expectations that go beyond the boundary of real life.

#8 | Posted by humtake at 2017-08-08 12:18 PM | Reply

the problem is the expectations that go beyond the boundary of real life.

#8 | Posted by humtake at 2017-08-08 12:18 PM | Reply


The problem is thievery, dishonesty, and disloyalty. The problem is people who accept fourth or fifth best, The problem is people who think so poorly of themselves that they attempt to be philosophical about being raped.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2017-08-08 12:30 PM | Reply

@8, --------!
Your guy Trump is one of the biggest racists to ever be involved in US Politics.
If your too dumb to see it, you are likely to be one too!

#10 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-08-08 12:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I admire your resolve (if not your logic). I find it hard to accept that anyone could knowingly vote for either one.

#4 | POSTED BY KUDZU

When your house catches on fire and the insurance doesn't pay out because you never installed the smoke detectors that the insurance company told you to install, you'll see the importance of mitigating the circumstances.

Not voting for Clinton to prevent trump is doing nothing to mitigate the circumstances and is objectively a foolish maneuver.

#11 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-08-08 12:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Dems always have a hard time understanding anyone who has a different opinion than them. This comment board is always my fact check source for that statement...and you guys didn't disappoint. I like consistency.

#7 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE"

No, we tolerate differences of opinions. We don't tolerate different versions of reality. "Global warming isn't real" is not a valid opinion, it is a false reality. "trump is not a racist" is not an opinion, it is a false reality. "Reagonomics is good for an economy" is not an opinion, it is a false reality. "Leftists are universally violent people" is not an opinion, it is a false reality. "We're the patriotic party" is not an opinion, it is a false reality. "Unemployment is at 46%" is not an opinion, it is a false reality.

The list of verifiable false things people on the right try to perpetuate as opinions is endless.

#12 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-08-08 12:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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