Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, October 30, 2017

He campaigned with a lot of swagger. But his first nine months in office have been defined by indecision, vacillation, and a reluctance to call shots.

He keeps telling us what a fine mind he has, but if so he seems loath to exercise it much. His advisers on national security have been encouraged to put as much of their daily intelligence briefings in pictures and charts as they can. A president who doesn't know what he doesn't know isn't in a very strong position to negotiate with others, or to lead.

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This depiction of Donald Trump as a weak president would no doubt shock his ardent followers, especially since Trump usually covers his retreats with bluster. It might also be a surprise to those who have worried that he's a would-be autocrat. It turns out that Trump has neither the wit nor the grit to seize power, and he may be too lazy and too uninterested in governing to make much of it if he did. (He can, however, empower by default cabinet officials who do know what to do with the power at their disposal -- for example, Sessions.) But, except for his use of executive orders (often to countermand ones by Obama) and his cyber-bullying, Trump is essentially a passive participant in his own government. His campaign against the press is of concern, but thus far he's not taken action to curb its independence, nor have his threats to do so had any discernible impact on the rigorous job the press is doing of holding his presidency to account. In fact, all things taken together, it begins to seem as if the strongman of the rallies was a convenient deception, a figure that Trump invented but couldn't maintain when it came to making actual decisions in the Oval Office.

If this approach to governing keeps up, Trump may find himself once again on a newsweekly cover -- the kind of prominence he craves -- but this time with a sobriquet that once ordained one of his predecessors: "WIMP."

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at least 66 million people.

#1 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-10-30 09:51 AM | Reply

your entire liberal safe play entitled attitude horse puckey is OVER.

#CONSPIRACYTHEORIST

You bet you.

you are weak pal! THE BALLS ON TRUMP to release the JFK!

I AM IN HEAVEN!!!!!!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

#2 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2017-10-30 12:57 PM | Reply

I like a weak president. They are less dangerous than a strong president.

Speak loudly
Carry a small stick.

#3 | Posted by Ray at 2017-10-30 06:22 PM | Reply

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