With four of Donald Trump’s former campaign officials pleading guilty to various crimes, and one of his former campaign chairmen convicted of financial crimes, can we take a moment to acknowledge that we could see this coming from a mile away?
Paul Manafort’s history of working for dictators, including Ukraine’s pro-Russian stooge, Viktor Yanukovich, was well known by the time Trump hired him to lead his presidential campaign.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal attorney, was known to be an unscrupulous “fixer”.
Michael Flynn had been fired from the Defense Intelligence Agency for his outlandish beliefs and was known to have lobbied for Russian companies as well as the Turkish government.
Yet Trump hired all three as well as Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates, and useful idiot George Papadopoulos. Read more
Two-Party System Leaves Anti-Trump Republicans in the Lurch
Janan Ganesh argues in the Financial Times that, after Donald Trump, America’s Republicans must become more like the European center-right: shed their small-government, low-tax, free-trade ideology in favor of a pragmatism statism. The state can be an instrument of national togetherness.
Perhaps. But what of the Republicans who still believe in small government, low taxes and free trade? Read more
Midterm Elections Likely to Deepen Blue-Red Divide in America
Ronald Brownstein reports for CNN that the congressional elections in November are likely to deepen the divide between “blue” and “red” America:
Democrats seem likely to emerge … with a clear upper hand in highly urbanized House seats that are racially and religiously diverse, disproportionately white-collar and secular and connected to the globalized information economy. Republicans, in turn, could remain dominant in districts outside of urban centers that are preponderantly white, heavily blue-collar, more religiously traditional and reliant on manufacturing, agriculture and resource extraction.