Republicans are no fools. They are not about to forfeit the advantage bequeathed to them by Harry Reid’s shortsighted willfulness. They will retain the nuclear option for Supreme Court nominees through the current Republican tenure.
The foreign policy section of Donald Trump’s inaugural address has received far less attention than so revolutionary a declaration deserved. It radically redefined the American national interest as understood since World War II.
Barack Obama leaves office as he came in: a man of the left, but possessing the intelligence and discipline to suppress his more radical instincts. We’ve just gotten a glimpse of his real self. As of Nov. 9, 2016, suppression was no longer necessary.
Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and gone.