IN­SIDE THE BELT­WAY

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

‘TRUMP IS THE LAST BEST CHANCE TO GET THINGS DONE’

De­spite cal­cu­lated Demo­cratic dis­trac­tions and me­dia at­tacks, Pres­i­dent Trump has signed more bills into law at this point in of­fice than four of his pre­de­ces­sors, best­ing former Pres­i­dents Barack Obama, Ge­orge W. Bush, Bill Clin­ton and Ge­orge H.W. Bush. So says House Ma­jor­ity Leader Kevin McCarthy him­self.

“Con­sid­er­ing that Pres­i­dent Trump is get­ting hit with slings and ar­rows from all sides in­clud­ing from within his own White House, he is coun­ter­punch­ing and de­flect­ing far bet­ter than the press and Democrats think. Trump’s chief con­cern now is to get con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans to stop be­ing scared of their own shadow and pass his pro-growth agenda,” Ford O’Con­nell, ad­junct pro­fes­sor at The Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity Grad­u­ate School of Po­lit­i­cal Man­age­ment, tells In­side the Belt­way.

“That said, Pres­i­dent Trump could make his life eas­ier by ex­pand­ing and bol­ster­ing his com­mu­ni­ca­tions shop so that his mes­sage is more stream­lined and con­sis­tent. As for Twit­ter, Trump needs to start tweet­ing with a mes­sage-spe­cific pur­pose and cease the stream-of-con­scious­ness tweets, par­tic­u­larly when they re­late to on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions and mat­ters be­fore the courts. In pol­i­tics, there are a lot of things you can’t con­trol, but to be suc­cess­ful you should con­trol what’s in your grasp. If you do that, the rest will take care of it­self,” Mr. O’Con­nell con­tin­ues.

“Con­trary to me­dia reports, a good num­ber of Trump’s core sup­port­ers rec­og­nize the pres­i­dent’s mis­takes and short­com­ings. Most pre­vi­ously voted for Bush 43 or Mitt Rom­ney, some voted for Obama. But what unites them is a be­lief that Trump is the last best chance to get things done in a Wash­ing­ton that no longer rep­re­sents them,” says Mr. O’Con­nell. “What fu­els these folks is a press corps ob­sessed with Rus­sia, a Demo­cratic Party kow­tow­ing to an in­flamed left-lean­ing base and smug Repub­li­can elites who are all hell-bent on tak­ing down Trump. In other words, it is the venom of this mot­ley con­sor­tium that keeps Trump’s grass-roots sup­port thriv­ing. As strange as this may seem, wel­come to the new nor­mal in pol­i­tics.”

DEMOCRATS: RE­SIST, OB­STRUCT, OBFUSCATE

“The Democrats have a play­book. We know it. It’s re­sist, ob­struct. We see them do it at ev­ery level,” Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­woman Ronna Rom­ney McDaniel tells Fox News Sun­day.

Part two, how­ever, is un­der­way.

“Now, it’s throw doubt on the ad­min­is­tra­tion. Open as many in­ves­ti­ga­tions as pos­si­ble, cloud the ad­min­is­tra­tion as much as pos­si­ble be­cause they are try­ing to run out the clock to 2018. That is their play­book. We know it,” Ms. McDaniel adds.

A PRIEST DE­CLARES HIS MID-TERM MIS­SION

Af­ter per­son­ally wit­ness­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s speech at the re­cent Faith and Free­dom Coali­tion con­fer­ence in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, Fa­ther Frank Pavone, di­rec­tor of Priests for Life, came away with a new mis­sion.

“As the pres­i­dent spoke pas­sion­ately of the role of faith in Amer­i­can life, of the free­dom Amer­i­cans must have to live their faith and of the free­dom pas­tors must have to preach that faith with­out govern­ment re­stric­tion, I could not help but think that there are so many in the church who do not yet re­al­ize what a bless­ing this pres­i­dent is for the church,” says Fa­ther Pavone.

“Per­haps most im­por­tant of all is that he told us that we re­li­gious be­liev­ers de­liv­ered the elec­tion to him and that in next year’s midterms, we need to do the same to in­crease pro-life ma­jori­ties both in the House and in the Se­nate. This in­spir­ing event made me all the more com­mit­ted to do ex­actly that,” de­clares the priest.

THE PRO-LIFE DI­VIDE

From a Gallup poll: 49 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say abor­tion is “morally wrong”; 65 per­cent of Repub­li­cans and 32 per­cent of Democrats agree. An­other 43 per­cent over­all say abor­tion is “morally ac­cept­able”; 27 per­cent of Repub­li­cans and 61 per­cent of Democrats agree.

In ad­di­tion, 50 per­cent over­all say abor­tion should be le­gal “in only cer­tain cir­cum­stances”; 56 per­cent of Repub­li­cans and 44 per­cent of Democrats agree. An­other 29 per­cent say it should be “le­gal in all cir­cum­stances”; 14 per­cent of Repub­li­cans and 46 per­cent of Democrats agree. And fi­nally, 18 per­cent say abor­tion should be “il­le­gal in all cir­cum­stances”; 28 per­cent of Repub­li­cans and 8 per­cent of Democrats agree.

MR. GORE’S CLI­MATE SCHOOL

Former Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore will soon pre­side over a “Cli­mate Re­al­ity Lead­er­ship Corps” train­ing ses­sion in Belle­vue, Wash­ing­ton, at the end of the month. Here’s the pitch from the ad­vo­cacy group:

“Over the course of three days, par­tic­i­pants will: learn from our founder and chair­man former U.S. Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore how to com­mu­ni­cate the ur­gency of the cli­mate cri­sis to peo­ple ev­ery­where. Learn how to com­bine science and so­lu­tions to en­gage au­di­ences. Learn to in­spire oth­ers to take ac­tion. Hear from sub­ject ex­perts in such fields as strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions, cli­mate science, and grass­roots or­ga­niz­ing. Net­work with global lead­ers and in­flu­encers.”

Oh, and one more thing:

“There is no cost to at­tend the train­ing. How­ever, par­tic­i­pants must pay for their own travel and ac­com­mo­da­tions.”

POLL DU JOUR

● 49 per­cent of U.S. vot­ers have an un­fa­vor­able opin­ion of House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi; 29 per­cent have a fa­vor­able opin­ion; 22 per­cent have never heard of her.

● 43 per­cent have an un­fa­vor­able opin­ion of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan; 36 per­cent have a fa­vor­able opin­ion, 21 per­cent have never heard of him.

● 41 per­cent have an un­fa­vor­able opin­ion of Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell; 24 per­cent have a fa­vor­able opin­ion, 36 per­cent have never heard of him.

● 32 per­cent have an un­fa­vor­able opin­ion of Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Charles E. Schumer, 26 per­cent have a fa­vor­able opin­ion, 42 per­cent have never heard of him.

Source: A Morn­ing Con­sult/Politico poll of 1,999 reg­is­tered U.S. vot­ers con­ducted June 1-2.

● Churl­ish re­marks and snappy come­backs to jharper@wash­ing­ton­times.com

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent Trump has been more pro­duc­tive than his four White House pre­de­ces­sors ac­cord­ing to a GOP re­port. A GOP strate­gist says the con­cern now is get­ting Con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans to pass his agenda.

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