Are you ready for another two years of Donald Trump?
Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger isn’t sure the American public can take much more of the president.
Europe and Canada certainly can't.
Mitt Romney noted in his op-ed piece that only 16 percent of people in Germany, UK, France, Sweden and Canada believe the US president would "do the right thing in world affairs," down from 84 percent in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center.
Henninger credits Trump for an impressive first year of accomplishments (tax cut, deregulation, robust stock market and Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court confirmation) that would make any traditional Republican proud.
Year two was less stellar, capped by the successful fight to get Brett Kavanaugh on the High Court. The president got an incomplete on the 2018 issues, in which he took personal responsibility (Korea nukes, “tariffs on nearly everyone,” trade negotiations, and The Wall).
The results of the midterms were Trump’s day of reckoning. “Because Mr. Trump insists on being the hourly focus of the country's political life, the midterms were viewed as a referendum on him,” wrote the WSJ columnist.
The upshot: Trump lost former supporters in purple states and large right-of-center suburbs. “They dislike the Trump persona, or are worn out by it,” noted Henninger.
CNN reports that during yesterday’s briefing with Democratic leaders, Trump told Chuck Schumer that he won’t agree to reopen the government unless he gets funding for The Wall. “I would look foolish if I did that,” he said.
Trump today came up with this doozy, tweeting that the 2020 presidential election is the reason 800K federal workers are not getting paid.
“The Democrats know they can’t win based on all of the achievements of “Trump,” so they are going all out on the desperately needed Wall and Border Security - and Presidential Harassment. For them, strictly politics!”
Now that sounds pretty foolish. As foolish as the idea that Mexico is going to spend a single peso on building The Wall.
The Hill reported that a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll found that 56 percent of respondents don’t want a southern wall. Fifty-eight percent say Trump should drop his demand for border funding.
To maintain any degree of relevance, Trump will have to quit whining about "presidential harassment" and deal with the revitalized Democrats under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The country is desperate to move ahead. Trump has to jump on the progress train or get left behind. Henninger issued this warning to the president: “electorates desert politicians who wear out their welcomes."