I was not going to post for a few days to let a number of issues develop, but there were so many odd political occurrences yesterday I wanted to give it a little attention, so I’m sharing a tweet from Sam Stein, politics editor for the Daily Beast, just to give you a taste of the day (I added a few words in blue for clarity).
Stein captured Trump’s day thus: Between calling his AG Jeff Sessions “DISGRACEFUL;” Agreeing to a liberal fantasy of gun reform in a televised bi-partisan meeting in the White House; losing his comms director Hope Hicks; watching his son-in-law Jared Kushner chewed up by devastating news reports; and seeing Special Counsel Mueller hone in on his attempts to fire Sessions; it’s just your average day in Trumpland.”
I’d say Stein is employing understatement. Even for Trump this was a bit much. All of these occurrences will give rise to more and more stories which undoubtedly will compete for attention with new or renewed “breaking news” to the point of our bewilderment and/or just tuning out altogether with our excuse being you can’t believe anybody. For me the worst thing Trump has done is to turn the already murky world of political reality into a blinding sleet storm.
Amidst the mental muck I will try to focus on what happens with the gun reform issue. Most likely not much. Recall how Trump had a similar meeting about DACA on a Tuesday in January wherein he appeared open and even eager to make a deal, but by Thursday he reversed his position, obviously influenced by his base and advisers. The “Tuesday Trump” or the “Thursday Trump” has become a byword for a Trump-about-face, I think coined by Republican Senator Lindsay Graham.
So we’ve seen the “Tuesday Trump” on gun reform and now we have to wait and see what the “Thursday Trump” has to say. Most likely he will pull back from every positive thing he said about gun reform that the NRA doesn’t like. It might boil down to bump stocks being passed, as the NRA doesn’t seem to mind that.
I’ll get back to you.
P. S. – Trump says or does so many odd things that we tire of pointing them out, but that only makes his craziness our reality. Trump must fundamentally be a coward, as he is always indicating how brave he is, like the other day when he asserted that unlike that “cowardly” security guard he would have run into that school even if he didn’t have a gun. Who else would pat himself on the back for something he has only fantasized?
That is the sort of thing that truly the brave, like a Medal of Honor recipient, would never, ever say about himself, the kind of thing only someone with a lot of self-doubt would say. And then what does he do? Yesterday he puffs himself up more by teasing some of the Congress people about being afraid of the NRA, when he has been completely cowed by them until his “brave” words yesterday which he has plenty of time to take back.
One might say he lacks the courage of his convictions, but then he has no convictions, only a fantasy of himself.