It is not like Republicans have ever escaped blame for a government shutdown. At least now the president is — as unusual as it is — in an honest place.
But the hush-money payments point a dagger right at the heart of the Trump presidency.
If there is such thing as a divine hand guiding us, then it is likely that God made George H.W. Bush to be our president during such a critical time in American history.
President Trump's negatives and the energy that he provides to the Democrats could alter some of the laws of political physics.
If Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represent the leading Democrat voices then all we should expect is more shallow rhetoric.
Republicans should be eager to hear what he has to say and to closely follow his observations about the viability, credibility and any dangers associated with the Trump presidency.
For the most part, when voters had to decide, the angry left was rejected and Trump was rewarded.
If Democrats are serious about wanting to win in 2020, they will help themselves by showing some effectiveness in government and moving beyond just being the anti-Trump resistance.
A few results could offer a useful glimpse into the forces shaping who Democrats might nominate to oppose Trump in 2020 and whether the president is stronger than in 2016.
I don’t blame Trump for what happened in Pittsburgh, but I do blame him for not being able to conjure the qualities that a president needs right now.