The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
One of the toughest jobs in the United States might just be GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s communication director and/or press secretary.
The communications director is one of the paid campaign staffers whose job it is to explain/defend Trump’s statements. Being a communication director or press secretary is a great job when all is going well, but when a scandal hits or the boss says something stupid, it can become a freaking nightmare.
Plus, as the press person you have to be somewhat nice to reporters. Believe me – I’ve done many interviews and sometimes it’s difficult to keep from telling some reporters where to go.
Donald Trump seems to be able to “strike a nerve” just about every week with some outrageous statement. His press office must be busy. Although he’s pretty bombastic, he leads in just about every Republican Presidential poll. Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving.
He seems to be saying what many Obama haters believe deep down, but they are afraid to say out loud.
The Republican Party probably never thought that Trump would be relevant this long. Now he is becoming a problem. He could win this darn thing and take down the Republican Party all in one year! He already threatened to run as an independent and that would also sink the Republicans. If Trump is the Republican nominee for President, then the Democrats would probably win back the majority in the U.S. Senate.
In case you missed the big political news Friday morning, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio announced that he is resigning as Speaker of the House. He’s also quitting Congress altogether.
It was a ‘drop the mic and walk off the stage’ moment.
Basically Boehner grew tired of fighting with the far-right wing conservatives in his party. The far-right conservatives grew tired of Boehner and his leadership. They seemed to think he was not fighting hard enough.
I guess those 50-60 votes to repeal Obamacare in the past four years and shutting down the government were not enough.
The chances of anyone doing anything better than Boehner are slim. Who would want the job? When you have different parties controlling the Executive and Legislative branches of the government, you must compromise for the good of the country.
Yes, it’s really that simple.
I’m not a fan of Boehner and never have been. Senator Republican leader Mitch McConnell could also step down as far as I am concerned. They need someone to tell the far-righties in the GOP party to shove it.
In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.
This week’s topics include Cam Newton, Caitlyn Jenner, unemployment, the Eagles, TSA, moral values, Greg Gianforte, live anthrax, social/economic conservatives, Affordable Care Act, secret surveillance flights, the top 10 for Republican Presidential debates, construction season, Montana Republican Party chair, and much more!
Although I did not attend the Statewide Lincoln Reagan Dinner in Helena this past weekend, I do believe that in the several reports I read about the event, one line from Congressman Ryan Zinke quoted in this Associated Press story should be framed and placed on every Republican’s wall in the state.
It was this line:
“If we continue as a party to be divided, we will not win the next presidency nor will we win the governor’s office.”