Trump can and will do immense damage to everything from climate policy to deportations, but his populist posturing turns out to be toothless.
His presidency was largely a competent, no-drama, scandal-free administration, and it will only gain in esteem as we gag on a presidency rotting, like a fish, from the head down.
Gabbard isn’t going to lose her seat because of Tanden and Dean’s tweets. Her opposition to escalating the wars in the Middle East enjoys wide popular support. But the calls for her ouster are instructive in any case.
Trump promised to clean the swamp, but turned his economic policy over to Goldman Sachs alums and stacked his White House staff with lobbyists and cronies stained by corruptions and conflicts of interest.
Robert Borosage: As Steven Mnuchin’s confirmation as treasury secretary confirms, the big lie is Trump’s campaign promise to clean out the “corrupt political establishment” and “to put the American people back in charge.”
Robert Borosage: Brock prides himself on being as ruthless and amoral as the operatives on the right, though his act doesn’t fly as well in Democratic circles.
Robert Borosage: The Blob still believes that America has the writ and the power to decide. We are “indispensable,” bearers of law and democracy at the end of a cruise missile.
Robert Borosage: How can a candidate so clearly unfit for office, a foul, boorish cad who has insulted a majority of the voters and embarrassed the remainder, be so competitive with Hillary Clinton, one of the most experienced and prepared presidential candidates in history?
Robert Borosage: With President Obama literally “passing the baton” to Hillary Clinton – and Clinton choosing dramatically to join him on stage after he roused the audience to “keep it going” – the Clinton campaign clearly has chosen to present her candidacy as a continuation of the Obama era.
Robert Borosage: Clinton’s job was not simply to reintroduce someone who has been before Americans for over a quarter of a century, it was to make the case that she “is the best darn change maker I have ever known.”
Robert Borosage: The next movement waves—climate change, student debt, protests against systemic inequality and brutal policing—will continue to shake the establishment.
Robert Borosage: The Sanders critique of Clinton still holds. The actual programs are less bold than the goals. The public investment agenda is grander in rhetoric than in financial commitment.
Robert Borosage: The hand-wringing and rumor-mongering are pure melodrama. Sanders has already made it clear – repeatedly – what he will do. The real question is not about what Bernie will do, but about what Clinton will do. Here’s what Bernie has told us he will do.