Now that repudiation I predicted is at hand. Trump has lost the popular vote twice, and been impeached as many times. His approval ratings have sunk to around 30 percent, half the level of where Obama’s stood when he left office. His Republican partners are already whispering they were privately against him all along. His anathematization by social media, corporate America, and other mainstream institutions is a preview of the place he will occupy in the popular imagination. He will join the likes of Andrew Johnson, Joe McCarthy, and George Wallace as an enemy of the civic creed. A century from now, Obama’s name — not Trump’s — will adorn schools, roads, and plazas. … [Read more...] about Trump Wanted to Erase Obama’s Legacy. He Failed.
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On Wednesday, Joe Biden will take the oath of office from those same Capitol steps, but it will be a starkly different scene. Even before the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, attendance at the inauguration was going to be limited to dignitaries and a relative small number of invited guests because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now Biden will have to offer our battered nation words of hope and unity from within a fortified green zone, constructed to protect him and the incoming national leadership from homegrown terrorists. … [Read more...] about David Axelrod: The scary call I got the night before Barack Obama’s inauguration
BSH: I think it goes hand in hand. The character is almost an innocent in his optimism. He refuses to allow anything to dampen the optimism that he walks through life with. And there are aspects of myself that are that way. I’m one of those people that definitely has spent a life of making lemonade out of lemons. And I find that the character influences me as much as I do him. I find in the writing he’s created in a way that is very realistic and that realism of his optimism is the same optimism I share as a human being. I think it’s a pretty balanced thing. I think I influence the character and bring things to him and the writing brings stuff out of me. … [Read more...] about Barry Shabaka Henley On Playing Uncle Tunde On Bob Hearts Abishola: ‘I Find The Character Influences Me As Much As I Do Him’
With Democrats chairing committees in the Senate and only needing a majority to win floor votes on nominations, Biden is now assured of sealing confirmation of his Cabinet and judicial picks — including potentially for the Supreme Court. It also means controversial choices such as Neera Tanden, Biden's pick for budget director, can look ahead to assuming their posts. Republicans can slow but not stop nominations. … [Read more...] about What Biden can and can’t get from an evenly divided Senate
Harris has been closely involved with all of Biden’s biggest decisions since winning the election in November, joining him for every one of his key meetings focused on Cabinet picks, the COVID-19 relief bill, security issues and more. The two talk over the phone nearly every day, and she travels to Delaware sometimes multiple times a week for transition events and meetings. … [Read more...] about Harris prepares for central role in Biden’s White House