Mandeville, LA – “Gore Vidal once said that the three saddest words in the English language were Joyce Carol Oates. “President Hillary Clinton” would have dislodged the exophthalmic novelist from that epigram, but as for “President Donald Trump”… the jury is not only still out, the crime hasn’t even been committed yet, despite the drama queens caterwauling on the campuses.
Around the time of the Bush-Cheney invasion of Iraq, I told a Republican friend that by the year 2025 the U.S. would bomb or invade a Muslim country with a casus belli of the denial of gay rights.
The hysteria over the triumph of the deplorables has obscured the fact that Donald Trump is and has long been a moderate Republican of the industrial Northeast, the sort you might have found representing Pennsylvania or New Jersey in Congress in the 1980s: protectionist, a booster of public works and internal improvements, and indifferent to social issues. He parts ways with this ho-hum tradition in his immigration restrictionism, assertive nationalism, and occasionally pacific impulses.
Around the time of the Bush-Cheney invasion of Iraq, I told a Republican friend that by the year 2025 the U.S. would bomb or invade a Muslim country with a casus belli of the denial of gay rights. Had Hillary won, I believe that prophecy would have missed by seven or eight years and a couple of thousand miles, as the indispensable nation’s armed forces would have gone to war with Russia on some flimsy pretext—say, Putin dropping from his Spotify playlist the music of those punk poseurs in Pussy Riot. (Who are about as punk as Adam Ant.) Boorishness is a small price to pay for forestalling World War III.
At the very least, we’re getting our first witty president since Kennedy, though one doubts that Jackie would find Trump all that funny. (JFK, on the other hand, would find Melania … intriguing.) Did Obama, Clinton, or either Bush ever make an intentionally funny crack? Could any of them elicit more than a charity laugh?” – Bill Kaufmann, The American Conservative