These are tough times to be a Republican.
We have unprecedented growth and prosperity on one hand and a president who can't seem to get out of his own way on the other. We have a stock market, even with recent corrections, at an all-time high, unemployment the lowest in fifty years, a job-generating reset in regulations, investment turned loose by a corporate tax cut, a cooling of the nuclear threat from North Korea. Huge wins for the United States, for all of us.
Yet Trump can't leave well-enough alone. His latest lightning rod is to propose revoking birthright citizenships. I just don't get it. Why does he persist in shooting himself in the foot, diverting attention from a litany of successes? He does it again and again. Hubris? Bad advice? A self-destructive personality?
To be fair, the Democrats are helping. Ever willing to set aside national interests for political gains, they have attacked Trump non-stop since the 2016 elections. And the "mainstream" media, a misnomer if there ever was one, have been relentless in spewing hatred. (I see this every day in misleading headlines and politically slanted stories in the Naples Daily News, editorials masquerading as news stories. But I guess that's what Gannett requires of its USA Today newspapers.)
The result of all this will likely be a Democrat takeover of the U.S. House and very possibly the Senate, creating stasis for the next two years. Goodbye to growth. Hello to tanking prosperity.
And the gloomy outlook isn't limited to Washington. In Florida, we are likely to get a left-wing governor who has pledged to raise corporate taxes, legalize marijuana and make Florida a sanctuary state. That would do more damage than Red Tide, discouraging businesses from coming here and giving tourists a reason to go to Arizona instead.
Florida Republicans offer little more, ready to socialize life-saving drugs and ban fracking in a state where it's never been done. Not understanding the facts has never deterred the politicians from pandering.
But things aren't all bad. Hillary Clinton just announced she may run for president in 2020. Maybe there is a God after all.