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Trump Wins as Mainstream Conservative, Not Radical Fringie

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Donald Trump’s first year in office delivered an array of important achievements: confirmation of conservative judges, including Neil Gorsuch; more support for oil pipelines and oil drilling; dramatic progress against ISIS; deregulation and enhanced border security; the end of meddlesome net neutrality; the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; and, most importantly, sweeping tax cuts and a new pro-business approach. What’s striking about these accomplishments isn’t how extraordinary they are but how normal: how consistent with well-established Republican goals and values. It’s easy to imagine that much the same policies might have been pursued by President Trump’s primary rivals—or by Mitt Romney, the last GOP nominee.

The two initiatives that caused most substantial disagreement with many conventional conservatives—canceling the Trans Pacific Partnership and unilaterally leaving the Paris accords—hardly defined Trump’s presidency or brought about the calamitous results his critics feared. At year’s end, President Trump found historic success not as a radical outsider but as a sensible, determined, mainstream Republican.

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  1. Moon Lee  •  Jan 2, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Happy New Year Michael, it's going to be a fabulous year. It's almost impossible to get through on the radio call-in line so here is my message to you for 2018: I am happy to see you give President Trump his due on what he has accomplished so far – a much, much better tone than constantly ragging on the guy for his grating communication style. Sure, the President could be more effective if he exercised a bit more judgment and tact, and tweeted less, but Trump is ALL New York – in your face, no backing down! And I really like that he doesn't ever accept any false premise put forward by his enemies when engaging in dialog. The most fun is watching the discredited national media running around reacting to every tweet! These folks are on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and their year-long tantrum is ridiculous. I love your radio show, and I do appreciate the "devil's advocate" role you play, but if you are still a "Never Trumper" then I wonder about your ability to look objectively at what has transpired and see the positive impact of this man. Anyone who would prefer a vile and corrupt screw-up whose only stock in trade is influence peddling, instead of an accomplished business leader who can cut through the political crap and drive some real change, should really take a step back and do some self-examining about why that would be so. Every day we hear new information about how corrupt the previous "administration" (I prefer to call it the Obama Malignancy) was, and the evidence of real treason that is oozing out. Maybe Brett Stephens should "compare and contrast" a bit before flouncing off in a big ol' huff. No one is "less nice" than the individual who lost in 2017. Good health to you, and I hope you have a wonderful 2018.

  2. Jim Bird  •  Jan 2, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Moon Lee,
    Your excellent commentary echo my sentiments exactly! I too want to thank Michael for such a refreshing and positive review of Trump’s first year. Hopefully Mike has turned a new leaf and won’t nit pick every little nuanced negative he feels compelled to explore. Trump has accomplished more good in his first year as a politician than Obama did in two terms—it’s not even debatable! We don’t care about his style for Christ sake—he never stops doing good things for America. Trump never gives up. Thank you again Moon Lee.

  3. Tru  •  Jan 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Mike has "turned a new leaf" ??

    It's called pragmatism.

  4. Mark Sutton  •  Jan 5, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I heartily agree with Moon Lee, as well. Trump is combative and not politician…good! He was elected because of his speaking style and in-your-face, off the cuff, opinions. Guess what? It works! The left is so busy having fits over his twitter comments they can't seem to organize against his numerous accomplishments. Let the president do his thing and quit commenting on his "unpresidential-like" gaffes. Who cares? We don't! Focus on the good his is bound to do. But he should get rid of Sessions. His weakness is apparent and his stance against marijuana is just plain ludicrous.

    • Tru  •  Jan 6, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      Too bad that President My-button-is-bigger-than-yours' "thing" is mental illness, and that you find it so charming.

  5. Pleeeze  •  Jan 5, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Medved net worth value of $35 million dollars. This is why medved’s young is so comfortable in Trumps ass.

    • Pleeeze  •  Jan 5, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Tongue not young

      • Rizzo  •  Jan 6, 2018 at 1:39 pm

        God bless you and your correction… you wouldn't want anyone to mistake you for a complete fool.

    • John D. Fiat  •  Jan 8, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Huh? Medved was one of the biggest anti-Trump Republicans. I haven't listened to his show since Trump got elected, but he's obviously come around once he saw the man in action. However, there is no reason to get rude and grotesque about that. Plus, being rich doesn't necessarily equate to liking Trump, just look at all of the rich celebrities and business moguls that still hate our POTUS.

  6. Pleeeze  •  Jan 5, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    BTW did your daughter and son have premarital sex? Did either live together before marriage. I would hope not. That would not be conservative.

  7. Pleeeze  •  Jan 6, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Remember the days when Obama was seen as unfit for office because he once had a Starbucks coffee hand when he saluted. Remember when Drudge critized Obama for mentioning himself x amount of times in a speech? Well imagine Obama referring to himself as a genius; the smartest person with the best words, etc. what a deranged mess the republicans have hooked their railroad car to.

    • John D. Fiat  •  Jan 8, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      Remember the time Obama thanked himself during a teleprompter malfunction at a White House event? (he actually read the lines intended for Norther Ireland's PM, Brain Cowan) Now, that is a stupid person!

  8. Pleeeze  •  Jan 6, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    And there is so much more to come. Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. I’m marking pop cord right now.

  9. Pleeeze  •  Jan 6, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    The GOP has gone from Reagan, the great orator, to this idiot making the memorable quote today: “I’m mentally stable and really smart”. And that teenage girl filler word, ‘like’ slipped into every second sentence is one thing but the Idiot in Chief actually tweets these ‘like’ fillers in his unhinged missives. Yo, you Repubs sure done set the bar low.

    • John D. Fiat  •  Jan 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Actually, the Libt@rded press was always saying that Reagan was mentally unfit too. That's just what you idiots do! (when you don't get your way electing crooked murderers)

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