Trump trumps the Never-Trumpers

With overwhelming majorities, both the House and the Senate passed a bill on sanctions. The bill completely tied the hands of the president, requiring him to seek congressional permission before reducing sanctions. This was a clear attempt to usurp the president's authority to determine and conduct foreign policy. For the Never-Trumpers this had to look like a win-win scenario, for them.

 

If the president rejected the bill and refused to sign it into law on the ground that it was clearly unconstitutional, the Never-Trumpers would have had a Christmas, Thanks Giving and the Fouth of July all-in-one. They could have overthrown the presidential veto by virtue of their overwhelming majorities and construed his behaviour as proof of Russia, Russia, Russia, and instituted impeachment proceedings, a purely political decision. The coup d'etat complete. Pence installed as president, normalcy resumed. If the president signed the bill, Congress took control over foreign policy. As I said, heads Congress wins, tails Congress wins. That's the way the anti-Trumpers expected it to go.

 

However. President Trump, who the Never-Trumpers like to portrary as a political oaf, did not fall into the trap. Instead, he signed the bill. But, he also signed a Statement. The Statement makes it perfectly clear that he considers the bill to be unconstitutional and lays out the basis of the legal case, including the citation of cases decided by the Supreme Court. The statement was evidently written by Constitutional lawyers. This move completely outflanks the Congressional anti-Trumpers. It denies the bill any validity and it denies the anti-Trumpers the opportunity to construe his behaviour as proof that he is Putin's puppet. It also paves the way for the Supreme Court to strike down the bill as unconstitutional. The president has thus turned a purely Congressional matter into a legal matter, a legal matter the executive cannot lose.

 

More than this, the Russia, Russia, Russia hysteria is simply not working on Trump's supporters in the country (according to MSNBC et al because they are too stupid to understand). These are people many of the Representatives and Senators who voted for the bill will have to answer to in the mid-term elections. Many of those voters are going to be wondering why Congress wants to tie the hands of the president, specifically why Congress is determined to prevent the president from improving relations with Russia. It will require spin of a very high order to answer such questions in a manner that does not look like passing the bill was driven by a desire to delegitimatise and undermine and disempower the president.

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Comments (32)

  1. jaageet

    Good analysis.

    August 04, 2017
  2. funfreak

    Always crying and whining and pointing the finger of blame. When will Trump and his supporters face facts? I don’t mean the corporate media news. Just read his tweets for yourself. Watch videos of him. Attend one of his self-aggrandizing rallies. No one has to vilify him, discredit him, expose him. He does that all by himself. Stop blaming the media and the Democrats and Obama and Clinton and the American people. Members of his own party appear confused and frustrated with his behavior. He isn’t shaking up Washington. Washington and the American government are much bigger and more powerful than this self-promoting, disingenuous, uninformed shell of a man. He thinks he projects power, but two women and an old man just out of surgery faced off and beat his pathetic health care bill proposal, despite his threats and disparaging remarks about their loyalties and intentions. His response? Let the ACA implode…..that’ll teach ‘em. Teach who? The people who elected him? What a guy! So, you support him and think he’s the biggest and the brightest and the best, but I don’t. And I’ll try not to come up with a label for you.

    August 04, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      I have no idea why you keep saying I support Trump. I have repeatedly told you that that assertion is false.

      August 04, 2017
      1. funfreak

        Why are you denying your obvious favor of this man? Every post of yours is another decimation of anyone or anything NOT Trump. Even to the point of exaggeration and presumption. Come on. Ok. Have it your way. It’s your blog. Just don’t assume you come off as unbiased or fair-minded.

        August 04, 2017
        1. stevehayes13

          I really do not know why you are so delusional. I have told you repeatedly that I do not support Trump. But you obviously do not believe me, so I challenge you (again) to point to some evidence from my blog that shows I support Trump.

          August 04, 2017
          1. funfreak

            I’m delusional? Read your own posts. I’ve read them. Who supports your opinions? Who gives you positive responses? ’nuff said.

            August 04, 2017
            1. stevehayes13

              I have read my own posts. But I note that once more you fail to present any evidence from my posts that shows I support Trump.

              But let’s see if we can resolve this? If I did support Trump, what possible motive could I have for explicitly denying it?

              August 04, 2017
            2. wirelessguru1

              Yes you (funfreak) are a delusional snowflake and a demonrat.

              August 04, 2017
            3. funfreak

              I don’t understand anyone who supports or excuses the behavior and choices this man makes. All I know is that, for example, in this post, you assert that Russia, Russia, Russia is hysteria. I don’t see it that way at all. I think there’s definitely something there. If not, why would he be withholding his tax returns? Why would he be holding these outrageous pep-rallies instead of having intellectual discourse with the American people about the policies he supports? And you also assert that those who voted for the sanctions bill did it simply to tie the hands of the president. Maybe….just maybe they voted their convictions and their consciences. But you jump right into blaming and asserting that there are evil intentions at play. Just your opinion. And that really doesn’t matter much to anyone. But don’t act like you don’t engineer your posts to favor the president. He doesn’t even have the full support of Conservatives. And why should he?

              August 04, 2017
            4. stevehayes13

              So you cannot even suggest a plausible reason as to why I would explicitly say I do not support Trump. Allow me to suggest one. It is because I do not support Trump.

              August 04, 2017
            5. wirelessguru1

              Freak, of course there is something there: Hillary and the demonrats were colluding with Russia and others. Wake up!!!
              Either case, it is impossible to have “intellectual discourse” with freaks like you.

              August 04, 2017
            6. funfreak

              Ok. Let’s let that go. Your blog…..your answer “trumps” mine. No pun intended!

              August 04, 2017
            7. wirelessguru1

              ..and to the fool (steve), the simple fact that you just “triggered” this freak snowflake is more than enough evidence that you made a correct assessment on this issue. LOL!!!!

              August 04, 2017
        2. wirelessguru1

          Crazy woman, he is a British fool, but at least this assessment is correct and that’s why he triggered a snowflake like you.

          August 04, 2017
    2. wirelessguru1

      ..and when are you demonrats are going to face facts!?

      August 04, 2017
  3. wirelessguru1

    Well fool, once in awhile you do make some good assessments…

    August 04, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      Pray tell, how can a fool make a good assessment?

      August 04, 2017
      1. wirelessguru1

        Maybe it was an accident!?

        August 04, 2017
        1. stevehayes13

          Well I guess I just accidentally pressed the right keys in the right order – rather like the infinite monkeys randomly producing Shakespeare stuff.

          August 04, 2017
          1. wirelessguru1

            Yup, very much like the “awesome” theory of evolution suggests… LOL!!!

            August 04, 2017
            1. stevehayes13

              The theory of evolution suggests no such thing.

              August 04, 2017
            2. wirelessguru1

              Of course it does…

              August 04, 2017
            3. stevehayes13

              You are simply revealing your ignorance. Evolution isn’t random.

              August 04, 2017
            4. wirelessguru1

              Really, so the mutations are not “random” anymore!?
              That’s fascinating.

              August 04, 2017
  4. funfreak

    And one more thing. No matter what I think about your positions or postures, I still respect you. But for the life of me, I can’t understand why you would respond to that ridiculous troll who just sucks the air out of the room. Again, just my opinion.

    August 04, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      I am committed to freedom of speech. Its one of the most important values.

      August 04, 2017
      1. wirelessguru1

        Well fool, it is good to know that you at least have a strong backbone.

        August 04, 2017
      2. funfreak

        Well, I’m not going to visit here anymore because I have boundaries and that rude, ridiculous, bore crosses them. He’s all yours!

        August 04, 2017
        1. wirelessguru1

          Oh no, the freakish snowflake needs her “safe” space now! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          I guess that this blog is no “fun” anymore!?

          August 04, 2017
    2. wirelessguru1

      Freak, you are the ridiculous troll.

      August 04, 2017
  5. Munkyman

    Funny thing is the only reason the President had that particular power in the 1st place is because it’s was too politically dangerous for Congress… they threw it at the Presidency like a hot potato.

    August 04, 2017
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  7. fuall

    OFF TOPIC PSA – Due to recent events and the decline of civil discourse, I have created an alternative open group blog at http://publicsquare.thoughts.com which all except McCunt are welcome to use. It wasn’t difficult to do and only took about 15-20 minutes. I would actually recommend that everyone write and post in their own blog, and those that wish to follow them can. Problem solved. Everyone would have control over their own area and content, and could still follow anyone that hasn’t blocked them. It’s simple to find blogs via the “blog” tab at the top of every page, or by going to a user’s profile page and following it directly. All blogs you are “following,” as well as those by your “friends” appear on your profile page in the third block where it says “Blogs I’m Following.” And all of their posts appear under the “My Stream” tab of your Profile Page, so you won’t miss any posts.
    .
    If you decide to create a blog, be aware that you MUST input all of the information without skipping anything for later. The site is so fucked right now that no changes can be made to the blog via “Blog Settings,” not even allowing an icon upload. The only thing that appeared to work were the theme settings. However, the important bit, the “Remove Member” function of the “Blog Members” area (found immediately below “Blog Settings” button) DOES work.

    August 05, 2017