Trump is ‘unfit’ to govern?

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Wonder Land, By Daniel Henninger, The Wall Street Journal  (Thursday, April 25, 2019)

“In the week since release of the Mueller report, Democrats and the media have pulled one of the greatest slight-of-hand tricks in U.S. political history.

Across the nearly two years of the Mueller investigation, one question sat immovably before the country’s voters: Did Donald collude with Russia to steal the 2016 election?

Suddenly, like magic, we have a new, nonstop‘narrative:Donald

Trump is ‘unfit to govern’ and should be impeached for obstructing justice.

You won’t find a more exact comment on what they’ve done than this line from’ The usual suspects’:  ‘The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist . . . and like that , poof, he’s gone.’  ‘Poof, the Russian collusion narrative’ is gone.

Just to make sure I haven’t lost my mind,  let me list for the record from the Mueller report’s table of contents the relevant collusion chapter: ‘IV.Russian Government Links to and Contacts with the Trump Campaign.’

After that, from ‘Campaign Period September  2015-November 8, 2016’ comes the report’s details of its investigation targets, each the subject of an uncountable number of media  reports and cable TV commentaries, all strongly suggesting collusion:

‘Trump Tower Moscow Project, George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Dimitri Simes and the Center for the National Interest, June 2016 Meeting at Trump Tower, Events at the Republican  National Convention, Post Convention Contacts with kislyak, Paul Manafort.

Morning , noon and night the media pounded that stuff into America’s consciousness.  The Mueller report’s conclusion about the Trump campaign’s criminal complicity with Russia in each of these instances was: none, none, none, none and none.

But now they’ve tossed all that down the memory hole and replaced it with the story line that the second half of the  Mueller report proves Mr. Trump ‘ unfit ‘ to be president.  He raged.  He told lies.  He told his people to lie.  In short, he’s too odious to be president.

Wasn’t  Mr. Trump widely described as unfit when in 2015 he said tortured Vietnam War prisoner John McCain was no hero?  You can’t go much lower than that. Still he somehow defeated 16 other, presumably ‘fit’ Republican primary candidates.    And then he won a fitness contest with a former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.

Character surely counts for something, though the last choirboy the voters elected was Jimmy Carter! (emphasis added by your columnist.)

More here by Daniel Henninger of The Journal:  “Since the subject has been raised, one may ask How ‘fit’ to govern are Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Beto O’Rourke or Pete Buttigieg?

Among them, these presidential candidates have proposed or embraced Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, massive college-debt forgiveness and free public-college tuition – with a fanciful, wholly irresponsible cost in multi-trillions of dollars.

Messrs. O’Rourke and Buttigieg, as far as anyone can tell, stand for nothing but personality. In their case the argument is that voters may now value celebrity over experience.  So much for fitness to govern the U.S.

On (the) matter of morality, one more thing.  As we’ve written before, there is a straight-line relationship between the country’s hyperpoliticized culture and why many people voted for Donald Trump no matter what.  That is, what the left has done to the culture makes Mr. Trump’s persona largely irrelevant to them.

None of this means Mr. Trump is coasting to re-election.  The 2020 campaign is a jump ball.  It is true that Republicans lost heavily in the midterm elections because of suburban women grossed out by Mr. Trump , who personifies Lenin’s idea of ‘onestep forward, two steps back.’

All presidencies have flaws and failures.  But with the collusion narrative finally ended, please spare us two years of the unfit-to-govern sequel.”

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