Marc Thiessen, Opinion: Biden is making the Trump presidency seem like a golden age of unity

Marc Thiessen President Biden promised to usher in a golden age of bipartisan cooperation, but instead he is showing a reverse Midas touch — taking issues that once united Republicans and Democrats and making them partisan and divisive. Until Biden came along, every single covid-19 relief bill was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support in both houses. Congress passed three covid relief packages in March 2020 with margins of 96-1, 90-8, and 96-0 in the Senate, and with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House. This was followed in April by the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which…

Marc A. Thiessen, Mike Pence’s debate master class

Marc A. Thiessen Wednesday’s vice-presidential debate was like traveling back in time to an era when political debates were tough, respectful and substantive. And Vice President Pence put on a clinic for how to rope-a-dope your opponent. He anticipated almost every line of attack Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) had prepared, and was ready with a devastating rebuttal. Harris’s best moment came at the start of the evening when she prosecuted the case against President Trump’s handling of the covid-19 pandemic. But it did not go unnoticed that, unlike moderator Susan…

Marc Thiessen, Trump did listen to experts on the pandemic. They just failed him.

MARC A. THIESSE A narrative has taken hold since the release of Bob Woodward’s latest book that President Trump was told in late January that the coronavirus was spreading across America at pandemic rates but ignored the dire warnings of government experts. That narrative is wrong and unfair. The truth is that during the crucial early weeks of the pandemic, the government’s public health leaders assured Trump that the virus was not spreading in communities in the United States. They gave him bad intelligence because of two catastrophic failures: First,…

Marc Theissen, Biden can’t Blame Trump for Anarchy in the Streets

Marc A. Thiessen WASHINGTON — For months, Democrats ignored or excused the chaos engulfing our cities. Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., went so far as to raise bail money for those arrested during the riots in Minnesota. The looting and vandalism went completely unmentioned at the Democratic convention. In his acceptance speech, Joe Biden condemned the violence in Charlottesville three years ago, but not the violence that was taking place in Portland, Ore., that very week. Now, all of a sudden, Biden is finally speaking out. What changed? The polls.…

Marc Thiessen, The media’s mischaracterization of Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech is not an anomaly

Marc A. Thiessen “We believe in equal opportunity, equal justice and equal treatment for citizens of every race, background, religion and creed.” —President Trump, July 3, 2020, Mount Rushmore. I missed President Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech Friday night, so when I read the press coverage over the weekend I braced for the worst. The New York Times reported that Trump had delivered an “ominous depiction of the recent protests over racial justice” and “exploit[ed] race and cultural flash points to stoke fear among his base of white supporters.” The Associated Press declared that he…

Marc Thiessen, The Pandemic will Fuel the Populism that sent Trump to the White House

By Marc A. Thiessen  The Biden campaign is hoping the covid-19 pandemic will serve as a brake on the populism that propelled Donald Trump to the White House. In a time of crisis, the thinking goes, Americans will lose their appetite for political disrupters and come to a renewed appreciation for the steady hand of experts who can guide us through the storm. If anything, the opposite is likely to be true. When the after-action reports for this pandemic are written, the elites are not going to come out looking very good.…

Marc Thiessen, Trump understands what his critics don’t: The current lockdown is unsustainable

Marc A. Thiessen  President Trump enjoys 60 percent approval for his handling of the coronaviruspandemic, but that has not stopped his critics from trying to stoke public outrage at his expense. After the president expressed hope that the anti-malaria drug chloroquine was showing signs of success as a treatment for the coronavirus, news organizations tried to blame him for the death of an Arizona man who self-medicated with fish tank solvent that contained a different form of the substance. “Man dies after taking drug touted as coronavirus treatment by Trump,”…

Marc Thiessen, The Ten Worst Things Trump did in 2018

By Marc A. Thiessen   [Editor’s note: Once again, I regard some of what Thiessen takes to be bad as good  just as I take some of what he regards as good as not. In this case,  where I regard 3 (seperating children from their families at the border as having been his obligation to follow a law signed by Bill Clinton and enforced by Barack Obama overwhelmingly more often) as one more Democratic political ploy, 2  (his plan to pull out of Afghanistan) and 1 (his plan to pull out of Syria) as his wisest foreign…

Marc Thiessen, The 10 best things Trump has done in 2018

By Marc A. Thiessen   [Editor’s note: While I take exception to some of his claims, where I regard 3 (his tough stance against Moscow, which was forced upon him by the Russiagate hoax) and 2 (pulling out of the Iran deal, which was in deference to Israel and perhaps his greatest foreign policy blunder) as mistakes, I like the author as (for the most part) objective and balanced), where his list gives us a perspective to contrast with each of our own.] In his second year in office, the list…

Marc Thiessen: Mueller Probe could be a Disaster–for the Democrats!

Marc Thiessen All of Washington is focused on the political peril President Trump faces from Robert Mueller’s investigation. But the Mueller probe could very well turn out to be a disaster, not for Trump, but for the Democrats. The special counsel was appointed to investigate whether Trump engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. If Mueller finds incontrovertible evidence of a criminal conspiracy between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, then the president will be — and should be — removed from office. But…