Can’t even keep the lights on? “President Donald Trump signaled Wednesday that Congress could fail to meet its Friday deadline to fund the government, preemptively blaming Democrats who want protections for so-called Dreamers.”
Not to make light of this, but shouldn’t he be leaving the party? “Senator Ben Sasse (R- NE) sent a warning to the National Republican Senatorial Committee that if they offer support to Roy Moore, he’ll withdraw from it. Sasse has expressed great disdain over Moore, given the serious allegations against him, and he’s not happy about the RNC’s ‘bad decision’ to give money to his campaign.”
Shining a light on the Russia connection. “Former national security adviser Michael Flynn promised a business associate before the inauguration of Donald Trump that U.S. sanctions with Russia would be ‘ripped up’ by the incoming administration, according to a witness account described by House Democrats. … It was pushed by a company that Flynn had advised during the 2016 campaign and transition, seeking to promote a joint venture with Russia to build nuclear power plants in the region.”
The light goes on for some Republicans — but not a lot. “Most Americans think former National Security Adviser and cooperation with the special counsel is a serious issue for the , including a third of Republicans. But most Republicans see the Russia investigation overall as politically motivated. … Some Republicans — just over four in 10 — do think it’s at least somewhat likely that senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia, but they are less likely than Democrats to think that Flynn’s guilty plea is a serious issue for the administration.” Well, that’s something, I suppose.
The light’s on but nobody’s home at the controls of the “peace process.” Danielle Pletka writes: “We worry that [Jared Kushner] doesn’t know what he’s doing, and that together with the young proto-King of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, he is making decisions that will end in tears and worse for all concerned. We worry that Donald Trump isn’t thinking through his moves, and won’t know how to react in the face of a backlash. We worry that declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel may not be worth the strife that could come.” Read the whole thing.
This administration doesn’t exactly have a light touch when it comes to foreign policy. “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson faced stern feedback from some of his European counterparts over the Trump administration’s controversial foreign policies like recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and decertifying the Iran nuclear deal.
In the cold light of day, Stephen K. Bannon’s slur on Mitt Romney’s religion and lack of military service is telling. “Trump and Bannon should see a special threat from Mormon Republicans. They’re one of the few segments of the party anymore that believes serious character deficiencies are disqualifying — certainly much more so than evangelicals do. ‘Character counts’ is an ethic that creates a lot of problems for populists and elites alike.” Hmm. Seems we need a party with family values.