The news cycle this week has brought us 48 hours of additional evidence that Donald Trump behaves like a deranged sociopath, is unqualified for office and shockingly uninformed about the world, and is running his campaign with the managerial skill of a child at the peak of a temper tantrum. It has not been good.
But Trump supplicant Mike Huckabee is undeterred. The Huckster favors the argument that Donald Trump, despite more than a year of extremely consistent behavior in the public eye, will immediately transform into an entirely different human being if he gets into the White House. Numerous efforts by every prominent Republican under the sun to get him to change his ways have been doomed, over and over and over and over again. But Huckabee's pitch is that Americans should relax, elect a furiously obstinate authoritarian madman, and then trust that everything will be copacetic at a later date. Here he is on Fox News today:
One of the things we have to keep in mind, it’s not so much what Donald Trump says when he’s a candidate, it’s what he’s going to do if he’s president. One thing that’s going to happen, he’s going to be surrounded by a whole lot more people than he is as a candidate.
I think he probably won’t have his own Twitter account when he’s president. There’s going to be a lot of things different.
“Yes, there are things Donald Trump says I wouldn’t say and I wouldn’t advise him to say,” Huckabee added, but at least Trump wouldn't bow before foreign kings. So, there's that.
I'm no campaign strategist, but the Huckster's approach here, which has been echoed by Sen. Tom Cotton and others, seems like a very iffy political strategy to me. They're acknowledging that Trump says and does things that would be horrible for a president of the United States to say or do. They acknowledge, at least implicitly, that many Americans are horrified by his behavior. They confess, some of the time, that they have no choice but to condemn the stuff that Trump says and does. But their kicker is this: Vote for Trump because he won't be like Trump. "There’s going to be a lot of things different."
A better campaign strategy, I would think, would be for Trump to go ahead and start acting presidential now. Otherwise, the American people might rightly conclude that the person running for president is the person we can see and hear, day after day, not the hypothetical person in Huck's imagination.
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U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, so sure of himself, is wrong again when it comes to his assessment of the reversal rate of the appellate court that refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban. /more/
A group of citizens held a demonstration of sorts today at Sen. Tom Cotton's office in Little Rock to protest his support of Betsy DeVos, recently confirmed by the senate as the federal Secretary of Education. The group presented a check to "buy Senator Cotton's vote," a reference to the financial backing that DeVos and her family have provided to Cotton's campaigns.
Tens of thousands of Arkansans have been kicked off of Medicaid for failure to respond to an income verification letter. Many of them are eligible for the program according to the very data that triggered the letter in the first place.
A photograph of a woman doing a headstand so you can see her red underpants. A sculpture by Robyn Horn titled "Approaching Collapse." Those and other works that assistant professor of photography Margo Duvall says "celebrates the female voice in art" for Women's History Month go on exhibit March 1 in the gallery in the Russell Fine Arts Building.
The plan, formulated months ago, was this: Ellen and I were going to go to Washington for inauguration festivities, then fly out the morning after the balls for Panama City and a long planned cruise to begin with a Panama Canal passage.
Not since the John Birch Society's "Impeach Earl Warren" billboards littered Southern roadsides after the Supreme Court's school-integration decision in 1954 has the American judicial system been under such siege, but who would have thought the trifling Arkansas legislature would lead the charge?
The Senate this morning added an amendment to Rep. Charlie Collins campus carry bill that incorporates the effort denied in committee yesterday to require a 16-hour additional training period before university staff members with concealed carry permits may take the weapons on campus.