Who or what will the next big shiny squirrel be? Jeff Sessions? The new SCOTUS pick? Something new and unexpected?
Each time that Trump unleashes a squirrel, the news media and the rest of the Left drop everything to go screeching off in pursuit.
Mike Allen at Axios:
We can’t stress this enough: Watch closely the specific, substantive moves of the Trump White House. Try to block out the white noise of outlandish statements and unforced errors, and the hyperventilating they provoke.
Otherwise, you miss the big — and in some cases, radical — changes coming our way. In fact, White House officials tell us they welcome what seem like needless distractions, because it allows them to jam through transformative, disruptive ideas and orders without focused public scrutiny of any particular item. (Remember the justified conflict-of-interest hysteria?)
Read the weekend papers, and flick through cable, and the unambiguous conclusion is that Trump’s debut was pretty much a debacle. But was it?
If you examine what he did based on what he wants to do and ignore much of what he says for show, this was actually a remarkably productive start. By the White House’s count, 13 presidential actions in first week tied to specific campaign promises.
No doubt, the fears of his critics are real and could easily be realized. We could see a trade war with Mexico, or retaliation for his ban on people coming from seven Muslim nations, or other leaders exploiting Trump’s inward focus and impulses.
But from the point of view of the president’s brain trust, he’s getting his way, and, with each passing day, more Republicans and outside leaders seem to be falling in line, even as critics rage. This is more a bulldozer than a runaway train.
Ever seen a bullfight? The matador wears the bull out by getting it to charge futilely at the red cape over and over. Then when the bull is exhausted the matador draws his sword and finishes it off.
The Left is wearing itself out chasing squirrels. The best part is that some of the squirrels are imaginary. Maybe that’s what Trump was talking about when he said people would get tired of all the winning.