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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:19 AM

Trump Is Losing His Influence

The article is one week old but, has some interesting observations IMO. -- Don

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The president can no longer count on his partyís support. That suggests dangerous times ahead.

By Jonathan Bernstein

November 30, 2018, 6:30 AM EST

Iíve been warning that this would be a dangerous period for President Donald Trump. With the midterms over, and no reason to think that Trump still has some kind of unusual hold on voters, Republicans would suddenly find themselves with far weaker incentives to go along with him.

This is the normal political cycle. Whatís different for Trump is that while most presidents use the tools of office to build their influence, Trumpís professional reputation and his popularity among rank-and-file voters ó and therefore his personal sway with legislators ó remain unusually weak. That makes an unfavorable moment in the electoral cycle especially hazardous. And just like that, we saw two episodes in the Senate this week demonstrating how little clout Trump now has.

First, on Wednesday, 14 Republicans joined a united Democratic Party to advance a bill overturning the presidentís policy in Yemen. Thatís extraordinary: Same-party members of Congress, especially those with orthodox positions, are almost always deferential to the president on matters of war and peace. Trump didnít just lose outliers such as Rand Paul or relative moderates such as Susan Collins. He lost 14 ó and there arenít 14 Republican senators who have iconoclastic views on foreign policy.

Then, on Thursday, a district court nomination had to be yanked from the Senate floor just before the vote because South Carolina Republican Tim Scott decided to oppose it, and because Arizona Republican Jeff Flake is voting against all of Trumpís judicial nominations until a measure to protect special counsel Robert Mueller can get a vote. Flake is also on the judiciary committee, which just had to cancel a hearing on other nominees; without Flake, they didnít have the votes.

Perhaps this revolt wonít extend to the multiple scandals swirling around Trump. (And this was a pretty bad week for him on that front: See my Bloomberg Opinion colleagues Noah Feldman and Timothy L. O'Brien (twice) on Trumpís legal problems; Ken White on Michael Cohenís plea; the Lawfare group on Cohen and the Trump Organization; and Bob Bauer and Ryan Goodman on Jerome Corsi ó and thatís just from Thursday.)

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https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-11-30/trump-is-losing-his-influence

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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:37 AM

1. Lordy, I hope so.

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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:58 AM

2. Good post, DV!

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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 10:08 AM

3. Well put, bravo! Loved this!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 11:16 AM

4. He's openly trying to obstruct justice

By demanding Congress call them to testify, because the DOJ wouldn't, and to use to threaten them with to create charges . Also its all distractions away from his troubles that's now bearing down hard on him and all involved.

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