Other Politics

Controversy and confrontation will prevail

For all the wailing, gnashing of teeth, and hand-wringing displayed by Democrats since the upheaval of Nov. 8, and the surprising election of Donald Trump, one should note that their political situation isn't quite as disastrous as first reported.

It is certainly true that Republicans now organize the White House and both branches of Congress, and will be able to repeal Barack Obama's "executive orders," but Democrats have sufficient strength in the Senate to use the filibuster just as promiscuously as did the Republicans in blocking Obama's agenda over the past six years.

Trump in Time: The Resurgence of Reconstructive Leadership

It may make sense taking a look back at history as we are trying to understand what has been happening south of the border over the last months. Ever since Donald Trump formally announced his candidacy in June 2015, most observers where hit by surprise as the campaign unfolded through a series of events that culminated in the electoral outcome of November 8. If viewed through a broader historical lens, however, these developments are surprisingly consistent with a deeper pattern of presidential politics. 

Why Trump the President might actually be very different from Trump the Candidate

Take a deep breath. The world is not going to end on inauguration day.
 
There is no question that Donald Trump’s victory was jarring, shocking, and even disturbing. Despite the conciliatory messages offered by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, commentators and citizens and Canada are freaking out.