April 2017

So here we are at Day 100. A date of great significance or a meaningless mark on the calendar – depending on which Donald Trump you are listening to. Trump the candidate promised an epoch-making first act. Trump the President dismisses the benchmark as an irrelevancy.

Had he accomplished anything, he would have crowed a different tune. But the last minute push for a health care bill fizzled due to lack of interest. His grand announcement on taxes was the usual, unimaginative, detail-free, giveaway to the wealthy. And his border wall is no longer a wall and remains unfunded – as Republicans vie to outdo the Mexicans in their lack of enthusiasm for paying for his folly.

His only achievement is a series of declarations that the administration will look at things and issue reports.

By the calculation of all thinking people, Trump’s first 100 days were the least productive of any President since that standard became a thing. The only statistic the White House apologists could present as ‘proof’ of the great man’s greatness was the number of bills he had signed. Indeed, he outdid all tenants of the office since FDR – but can you name one of these legislative masterpieces? No? Hardly, the mark of an overachiever.

Had Trump’s kickoff been as glorious in reality, as it was in his imagination, he would have been in Washington tonight boasting at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. But the facts were too dismal to be spun. And his mind too fragile to stand the good-natured barbs of deprecation. And he retreated to a Pennsylvania backwater to bask in the adulation of the true believers.

And there Trump told the crowd he had the most successful first 100 days – apparently the standard is now a thing again – since God had created Presidents. The adoring hordes seconded his self-assessment. Hardly surprising as anyone persuaded that candidate Trump was up to the job, is unlikely to be swayed by evidence that President Trump is unequipped.

Which should give Democrats pause. If they are relying on Trump voters to come to their senses, they are on a fool’s errand. Success will only come if they can persuade the liberal voter to actually vote.

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