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Rich Lowry: The Trump Presidency Better Than it Looks

Rich Lowry: The Trump Presidency Better Than it Looks
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By    |   Thursday, 30 November 2017 09:38 AM

Separating President Donald Trump's actions and policies from his outrageous Twitter provocations finds a presidency that is "better than it sounds," National Review's Rich Lowry wrote in a column for Politico.

Though it's "difficult to exaggerate how mind-blowing" Trump's tweets are, just this week alone, Lowry writes, "Trump's presidency is, as Mark Twain is supposed to have said of Wagner's music, 'better than it sounds.'"

"If you got news only of Trump's official acts and knew nothing of his ongoing commentary, you'd think a rigorously rules-bound president occupied the White House," Lowry writes.

According to Lowry, you'd find a president:

  • With a traditional domestic policy straight from the playbook of Congressional leadership.
  • With a sound foreign policy, but more cautious than his two predecessors.
  • Who's an "accidental constitutionalist" putting originalist judges on the bench.

"None of this is to suggest that Trump's governing and his tweets are entirely distinguishable. Some of the tweets have had consequences and, if nothing else, they are a dismaying window into his state of mind," Lowry writes.

"But the tweets don't constitute the sum total of the administration. It's possible that Trump sees Twitter—and his other provocations—as a way to stir the pot, entertain himself, stoke his base, flog his enemies, and vent his frustrations separate and distinct from decisions of government," Lowry writes.

"Trump's presidency is much better than his Twitter feed. Although he stands ready and willing to convince you otherwise, 280 characters at a time," Lowry concludes.

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Separating President Donald Trump's actions and policies from his outrageous Twitter provocations finds a presidency that is "better than it sounds," National Review's Rich Lowry wrote in a column for Politico.
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