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Norman Bernstein
02-19-2018, 09:56 AM
Joe-SoCal was on to something.


President Trump has shown an ability to withstand controversies that would sink other presidents. During the campaign, not even personal attacks on war hero John McCain or a video of him bragging about sexually assaulting women could derail him. Once in office, he could denounce Pope Francis or praise the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville without repercussion.

But over the last week or so, Trump has completely lost control of the narrative. The Rob Porter abuse scandal dragged on for more than a week and highlighted his waning powers of distraction (https://politicalwire.com/2018/02/14/trumps-powers-distraction-waning/). The story was only supplanted by the tragic news of another mass shooting at a Florida school and the bombshell indictments unsealed by Robert Mueller against 13 Russians last Friday.

Trump was left to watch television over the weekend and lash out in a series of ever angrier tweets. From the outside, he was acting like a cornered animal.

What these three stories have in common is they are all much bigger than Trump. From the abuse of women by powerful men to out-of-control gun violence to an attack on our country’s elections, the majority of Americans are very angry. Trump offers no solutions.

It’s important that none of these stories being pushed by Democrats. Though he’s tried to pin the blame for some on President Obama, Democrats are mostly staying out of the way.

Trump’s election energized women to speak out about sexual abuse and run for office in record numbers. Last week’s school shooting has led to a planned march on Washington next month by students fed up with inaction on gun control. And Mueller’s latest indictments prove to all but the most partisan that the Russia investigation is not a hoax and the president has been shielding a hostile foreign power that attacked our democracy.

It’s tough to predict how this will play out. But it’s very clear that Americans are rising up.

(FYI: this comes from Teagan Goddard's 'Political Wire' website... this particular article is for paid members only, but I felt it was significant enough to re-post here)

wizbang 13
02-19-2018, 10:23 AM
I hope this 24 th of March youth revolt has some teeth.
oops,march 14 ..a wednesday.

mdh
02-19-2018, 10:58 AM
It’s not on a school day.

wizbang 13
02-19-2018, 12:27 PM
It’s not on a school day.
A Wednesday.
https://www.facebook.com/NationalStudentWalkout/?fref=gs&dti=406015132846497&hc_location=group

Tom Wilkinson
02-19-2018, 12:53 PM
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1993509594242800&id=100007513365065


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StevenBauer
02-19-2018, 08:31 PM
They’ve started already:

https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/02/19/ap_18050658312411-28df8b9a0d0a7b96e7a839403a3b2c52e1bbd26d-s1700-c85.jpg


https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/19/587089773/teens-lie-in-at-white-house-to-protest-for-stronger-gun-control

Old Dryfoot
02-19-2018, 08:48 PM
^ Keep that ball rolling, and gaining momentum, and you just might see a result.

gypsie
02-19-2018, 08:53 PM
Go American kids!

mdh
02-19-2018, 08:59 PM
Any chance they’re using the same organizer? http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/19/michael-moore-russian-anti-trump-rally/

Flying Orca
02-19-2018, 09:04 PM
Any chance they’re using the same organizer? http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/19/michael-moore-russian-anti-trump-rally/

Perhaps you can explain why someone shouldn't attend an anti-Trump rally, regardless of who organized it...?

mdh
02-19-2018, 09:14 PM
Perhaps you can explain why someone shouldn't attend an anti-Trump rally, regardless of who organized it...?

Perhaps? Priceless.

Flying Orca
02-19-2018, 09:35 PM
Perhaps? Priceless.

So, I guess that's you acknowledging that you can't.

mdh
02-19-2018, 10:29 PM
Amazing how quickly the high schoolers got over their grief and managed such a well coordinated event. Makes you wonder: https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/rich-noyes/2018/02/19/flashback-cnn-and-msnbcs-enthusiastic-coverage-russian-sponsored-anti

Portland
02-19-2018, 11:03 PM
They haven't forgotten their grief , that is what is driving them !.
Go kids !.
Rob J.

mdh
02-19-2018, 11:04 PM
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-02-19/mueller-s-indictment-of-russian-trolls-may-backfire

Keith Wilson
02-19-2018, 11:13 PM
Actually, agree or not, that Blomberg article has some good sense in it.

CK 17
02-19-2018, 11:45 PM
There’s been a fair amount of progress at the state level on rational restrictions on guns. Whether it continues depends on the outcome of elections of the next few years. I sincerely hope this is a turning point.

As as far as Russian election interference, the US has been interfering in elections for years. So it seems everyone does it.

As trump himself points out, he won an election he should have lost. The Russian meddling, the comey memo etc all nibbled away at the support of a very weak candidate. Ya, I know, she got 3 million more votes from a few blue states.