From: hotair.com, taken from theguardian.com, on July 3, 2017, emphasis Garnet92’s
But politics, after all, is often a battle of perceptions. Niall Ferguson, a British historian and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, California, said in May: “I think one of the things Guardian readers, and their counterparts on the American coasts, don’t want to think about is the possibility that despite his obvious ineptitude, Trump might actually be successful.
“I said last summer to a bunch of liberal friends, ‘Your worst nightmare is not a Trump presidency; it’s a successful Trump presidency.’ The successful Trump presidency scenario is one in which, despite it all, the economy does better thanks to deregulation and tax cuts, foreign policy delivers some big wins on North Korea, the Middle East.
“It doesn’t take an awful lot for a president to start looking good. If the expectations start really low, which they have done, it may be one win, and I definitely don’t rule out a kind of ‘success in spite of himself’ scenario. And then you begin to wonder if a left-of-Clinton Democrat in 2020 would be blown away. We’ll see. The fun thing about doing history is you really can’t tell at this point which way it will go. It could quite easily go Jimmy Carter and he could be a lame duck.”
The following is a comment that accompanied the “Successful Trump Presidency” article. I thought that captured the feeling that many of us have about the Trump presidency so well that it was worth re-posting here:
The Left can’t stand Trump’s lack of dignity. His undignified Twitter rants. His undignified wrestling video with Captain CNN. His undignified remarks about undignified women.
Obama, OTOH, was a monument to dignified. Urbane. Emollient. Obama spent eight years flushing the United States down the toilet, but he flushed with a dignified, white-gloved hand. He sold us out to the Russians on video, but he was the picture of dignity when he did it. Obama spoke with the resonant tones of MLK when he drove a wedge between the races and sparked a killing spree of police officers, but how can you question the dignified manner in which he rained racism on the land? Obama was dignified incarnate. You can’t take that away from him.
F*ck dignified! I’m sick of dignified presidents telling me that “Islam is a religion of peace,” which they live in walled compounds surrounded by bodyguards. I’m fed up with dignified, old-school, prep-schooled stuffed shirts that studied “Salad Fork vs Shrimp Fork” in Ivy League universities and know fourteen ways to tie a necktie, and four hundred ways to spew nonsense in five languages.
I was never much of a Trump supporter at first. All I knew was he was a billionaire who ran hotels, casinos and golf courses. But after eight dignified years of Barack Hussein Obama, I kept an open mind. Today I am completely on board with Trump’s wrestling video. Hell, I don’t care if he goes duck hunting with Phil Robertson and Sarah Palin, chews tobacco and drinks Budweiser from a can.
I’m finished with dignified. Let the pearl-clutching pansies on the Left crow about dignified. I want a president with brains and balls. Dignified ain’t going to solve the North Korean problem. Take your dignified and shove it up your ass.