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Part 1 of my notes from The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency by John Dickerson that some of you might find interesting: vcczar @Reagan04 @Actinguy @Patine @Conservative Elector 2 @TheMiddlePolitical @WVProgressive @SilentLiberty @pilight @admin_270 @Hestia11 @Herbert Hoover @mlcorcoran @Leuser @upandaway @jvikings1 @Rodja @Edouard @jnewt @Nentomat @Kingthero @Sunnymentoaddict @RFK/JFKfan @Mr.Blood @Zenobiyl @Wiw @MBDemSoc @ThePotatoWalrus @Alxeu @Allyn @Cenzonico @CentristGuy @Ishan @billay @wolves @RI Democrat @lizarraba @lizphairphreak @TheLiberalKitten @MysteryKnight @avatarmushi @servo75

 
1 - Eisenhower believed the presidency shouldn't be concerned with the trivialities of politics. 
2 - Eisenhower believed a president needed self-control to be effective. 
3 - Trump is in rebellion against the presidency. Its traditions get in the way of the quick results he wants. 
4 - The presidency is set up for failure. 
5 - Monroe, after he left office, advised Congress to make the presidency more powerful to deal with emergencies, but Congress did nothing, fearing it would diminish their own power. 
6 - T Roosevelt introduced the scientific method into government; however, Congress resisted Roosevelt's suggestions. 
7 - Wilson wanted to greatly expand the powers of the presidency, but he opted to avoid fighting with Congress. 
8 - Carter is the only president since Hoover who did not have an active military engagement. 
9 - Obama's policy regarding ISIS was more effective when he took a hands-on approach, rather than his position of delegation beforehand. 
10 - Obama and Bush II both started with delegating the War on Terror, but evolved on the job--both becoming very inquitive with intense questioning. They are both compaed with using the Eisenhower model of handling foreign policy within the executive branch. 
11 - LBJ is credited with the shift towards US President as First Responder. Where Cleveland worried about paternalism, LBJ spoke in terms as government as a family. 
12 - Federal disaster spending under Eisenhower was 6% of total disaster spending. By the time of Nixon, it was about 50%. 
13 - FDR and LBJ are credited with the expectation that the president should have an emotional bond with the country. When FDR died, "No, I did not know President Roosevelt, but he knew me."
14 - The book argued that Trump might have found it personally offensive that he was being used to support a racist cause, such as when David Duke said he and his fellow White Supremacists were going to "fulfill the promises of Donald Trump."
15 - Trump's indifference at Charlottesville broke with custom, duty, and morality of the presidency. 
16 - Trump has changed the presidency by speaking for himself. 
17 - Trump is unmistakable when he is passionate about something; yet, he lapsed into vagueness regarding Charlottesville. 
18 - The book mentions that one Trump strategy is "weaponized uncertainty."
19 - The book credits the 1830s as when the US citizenry by large wanted the government to bring relief. Van Buren's unwillingness to act cost him reelection. 
20 - Speaker Tip O'Neill claimed that Reagan worked only 3 1/2 hours a day and didn't read his briefing papers. 
21 - The partisan voting for Obamacare is shown as an example of new era of partisan politics, which will result in Congressional food fighting. 
22 - Trump stepped up US partisanship by inviting only Republicans to the signing of the bipartisan USMCA update to NAFTA. 
23 - The book mentions GHW Bush as the last president of the pre-partisan era. Each president thereafter has gone in a more absolutist direction. 
24 - Newt Gingrich was aiming for the Speakership during the Reagan presidency. He set traps for Democratic Speakers and understood that media loves drama. By undermining professionalism, Gingrich was able to gain support, "When you get attention, you can educate."
25 - The book credits Reagan and Speaker O'Neill's agreement on Social Security in 1983 as the trigger for the rise of Gingrich and the end of one-party dominance in Congress. 
26 - Pre-Gingrich, bipartisanship was the norm. Thereafter, leaders have had different philosophies. Kevin McCarthy had/has a policy of challenging the Democrats on every bill, even if the GOP is in the minority. Mitch McConnell said his main priority is to keep Democratic presidents as one-term presidents. Democrats will likely respond in kind. 
27 - Before Jackson, presidents were expected to only execute policy, while Congress created policy. The Whigs were created primarily for this reason. So much so that Harrison did not utter a single word regarding policy on campaign. 
28 - Obama exemplifies the president as interpreter of laws, even if the interpretation differs with the interpretation of Congress. This is a new norm. 
29 - Trump exemplifies the dominance of the executive branch over the legislative branch. Trump knew he'd face no GOP opposition when he went around Congress to divert funds to the Border Wall or blocked Congressional money to Ukraine. McConnell frequently stated that he would wait for Pres. Trump before pushing ahead with legislation. 
30 -- Trump remade Senate Republicans and the Republican Party. His former inter-party critics now risk their credibility to defend him. 
31 -- Mitt Romney is the first US Senator ever to impeach a president of their own party. 
32 -- Former Pres. Herbert Hoover once stated that partisan bloc voting, as is now common in 21st century US Congress, was something only Nazis would do in a Parliament. 
33 -- In hyper-partisan eras with little bipartisanship, the fillibuster becomes much more likely of an obstacle. Trump has asked McConnell to get rid of it, but McConnell won't do so, knowing that it will be used against them as well in the future. 
34 -- McConnell admitted the Obama was smart and funny, but thought Obama's school principal-like attitude towards members of Congress hurt negotiations with Congress more than they helped. On the other hand, Biden never made an attempt to tell GOP members they were wrong on anything, which made negotiations much more popular. 
35 -- Obama is compared to JFK in his weakness as a negotiator with Congress. Biden is compared with LBJ in his strength as a negotiator with Congress. 
36 -- Prior to Merrick Garlanding of Merrick Garland, the opposition leaders would often help an opposition president get a Supreme Court justice nominated, so long as the justice had integrity and experience. [Note: Whigs Merrick Garlanded several of John Tyler's nominees in the 1840s]
37 - Reagan picked James Baker, who had twice opposed Reagan, as his Chief of Staff, believing it was more important for a Chief of Staff to be competent and loyal, rather than a true believer. 
38 - Reagan required experts because he went into office not knowing one missile system from another and couldn't explain the simplest procedures of the Federal Government; however, Reagan knew better than Carter that his success depended on his acceptance in Washington. 
39 - Carter knew more than Reagan going into the presidency, but Reagan understood more than Carter did. 
40 - Bill Clinton admitted that his disorganized early presidency was due, in part, to his staff having come mostly from Arkansas and had no experience with the Washington political culture. 
41 - Lincoln explained his rationale for choosing rivals for his cabinet as "These were the very strongest men. I had no right to deprive the country of their services."
42 - Trump thought it was bad luck to hear about the transition team before winning the presidency. He told Chris Christie he didn't want to hear from him. If the transition ever came up in conversation Trump would "flip out." 
43 - After Trump won the election, he immediately threw away the binders of work that Christie had compiled while leading the transition team on the advice of Kushner and Bannon. 
44 - Carter saw his campaign team clashing with his governing team as these groups never worked together prior to his presidency. 
45 - Trump lost 82% of his A-Team in the first three years of his presidency, an astonishing turn over rate for a president that claimed to have hired "the best" people. 
46 - Both Carter and Trump had a policy of firing anyone that spoke critically of the administration, despite this, it never stopped a consistent flow of leaks from coming out of the White House. 
47 - Both Nixon and Trump were anti-bureaucracy. Nixon believed 96% of the bureaucracy was out to get him. Trump and Nixon might differ in that Nixon believed there was nothing he could do about it.
48 - Obama was experimental in making government more efficient, mostly through social science; Trump tried to make government more efficient by making it easier for agencies to fire federal workers, but the courts blocked him. 
49 -- Early in his presidency, Clinton would have late night cabinet meetings with little organization or purpose. People came in and out when they wanted and any topic could come up. Eventually, Clinton brought in more Washington insiders and he realized he needed to be more on top of things. 
50 -- Clinton admits his biggest flaw early in his presidency was that he thought he could always find a way to work things out when he should have just stopped and moved on to something else of priority. 
51 -- Carter made it very difficult for the cabinet to have access to him as opposed to Bush II who had early morning hours when the cabinet could come in whenever they wanted to. 
52 - Trump's Chief of Staff Kelly wouldn't allow Nikki Haley to see Trump. She called Trump, who let her in. Kelly apparently became irate. 
53 - Nixon's Chief of Staff, Haldeman, had a rigorous system for staff or information to get to Nixon in order to reduce wasting Nixon's time. Basically, everything that got to Nixon was vetted and edited by Haldeman to avoid wasting Nixon's time. 
54 - Nixon had a hard time telling his cabinet members things they didn't want to hear and didn't like conflict. For instance, he agreed with George Romney's position on Housing even though it contradicted Nixon's policy. Nixon allowed Romney speak and agreed with him on all his points. After Romney left, he had Haldeman call Romney. Haldeman told Romney that they aren't going to use Romney's ideas on Housing and that Nixon doesn't want to have conflict or disagreement so it is better not to come into the office with conflicting ideas. 
55 - James Baker and Robert Gates thought the ability to tell a president "no" to ideas that don't make sense is of the highest importance. A good president will be able to know that the staffer is trying to help them and not retaliate. 
56 - Former advisor for Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan, George Schultz, suggested that Trump should allow his cabinet more power and autonomy until he learned the ropes of the Federal Government. 
57 - Carter allowed his cabinet officers more power and autonomy, but this led to the cabinet officers building their own little fiefdoms and rarely working together harmoniously. 
58 - Chief of Staff Kelly believed that Trump would be impeached if he hired yes-men to replace his original A-Team. Of Kelly, a former colleague said, "You'll never know the disasters he prevented." 
59 - Like Trump, Truman and Nixon often had to be saved from themselves by loyal staffers who were courageous enough to say "no."
60 - The more Populist Conservatives cheered the insubordination of Douglas MacArthur since the Truman was seen as a liberal. When Truman fired MacArthur, they cried for Truman's impeachment, despite no obvious impeachable offense occurring. 
61 - Carter marks the period in US history when voters have routinely sought outsiders as presidents. Since Carter, and not including reelected presidents, Bush I is the only insider president. 
62 - 13% of Trump supporters had voted for Obama in 2012 and about 1/3 of the counties that voted for Obama twice voted for Trump. 
63 - Trump has satisfied many by bringing a wrecking ball to Washington but he has failed to replace the regular order of things with a better alternative. 
64 - The book claims Trump was considering pulling Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, but that his lawyer McGahn purposely refused to answer his phone, giving the Senate the time to confirm Kavanaugh before Trump could pull him. 
65 - As Chief of Staff for Ford, Dick Cheney fired most of the middle men and had departments report directly to him so as to streamline the executive process. Cheney suggested that in-coming president Carter do this, but Carter did the reverse. 
66 -- Carter was so insulated from cabinet and staff that he pretty much attempt to handle all cabinet and staff himself. He was overburdened for much of his presidency. Ultimately, he realized this, but too little too late. 
67 - Trump, like Carter, attempts to be the hub of the whole executive, rather than allowing a Chief of Staff as hub. However, while Carter would attempt to do things himself, Trump would assign the same task to multiple people as if not knowing that he had assigned the task already and without really knowing if the task was within the scope of the staffers area of expertise. Trump and Carter did not have a Chief of Staff in the usual sense of the word. 
68 - Cleveland was the last president to answer his own front door. 
69 - Bush II was not allowed to eat his preferred Blue Bell Ice Cream since it was believed that any Blue Bell going to the White House would be poisoned.
70 - Prior to Watergate, the media tended to hide anything a president wished to hide -- disability, affair, health issues, etc. Since Watergate, the media has thrived off drama and conflict with the presidency and Washington. 
71 - The book states that the greatest presidents had the patience and capacity to allow situations to develop, using FDR and Lincoln as examples.
 
 
 
 
 
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Everytime a book like this covers things Eisenhower did, the more I respect him as a President. Things still progressed under him, but the progress was done in ways that didn't delay future progress or recklessly abandon tradition.

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15 minutes ago, Kingthero said:

Everytime a book like this covers things Eisenhower did, the more I respect him as a President. Things still progressed under him, but the progress was done in ways that didn't delay future progress or recklessly abandon tradition.

He wasn't perfect, but what you say is more or less correct. I think his worst trait was his setting a precedence for regular use of the CIA to interfere with other countries. His fence-sitting on McCarthyism was rather bad too, but he was admirable as far as most presidents go. In my opinion, the was the last great Republican president. 

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15 minutes ago, Kingthero said:

Everytime a book like this covers things Eisenhower did, the more I respect him as a President. Things still progressed under him, but the progress was done in ways that didn't delay future progress or recklessly abandon tradition.

There was still his tolerance, even arguably complescence, in the Unconstitutional HUAC/McCarthyist/Red Scare "Blacklisting" witch-hunting tactic (the template used, ironically, for modern "Cancel Culture"), and his coups in Guatemala and Iran, beginning a long precedent of such heavy-handed, imperialist, high criminal actions by the U.S. Government in the Third World and officially transforming the CIA from just an intelligence-gathering agency to a government-funded, directed, and PROECTED international terrorist organization.

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4 minutes ago, vcczar said:

He wasn't perfect, but what you say is more or less correct. I think his worst trait was his setting a precedence for regular use of the CIA to interfere with other countries. His fence-sitting on McCarthyism was rather bad too, but he was admirable as far as most presidents go. In my opinion, the was the last great Republican president. 

 

Just now, Patine said:

There was still his tolerance, even arguably complescence, in the Unconstitutional HUAC/McCarthyist/Red Scare "Blacklisting" witch-hunting tactic (the template used, ironically, for modern "Cancel Culture"), and his coups in Guatemala and Iran, beginning a long precedent of such heavy-handed, imperialist, high criminal actions by the U.S. Government in the Third World and officially transforming the CIA from just an intelligence-gathering agency to a government-funded, directed, and PROECTED international terrorist organization.

Snap!

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1 minute ago, Patine said:

There was still his tolerance, even arguably complescence, in the Unconstitutional HUAC/McCarthyist/Red Scare "Blacklisting" witch-hunting tactic (the template used, ironically, for modern "Cancel Culture"), and his coups in Guatemala and Iran, beginning a long precedent of such heavy-handed, imperialist, high criminal actions by the U.S. Government in the Third World and officially transforming the CIA from just an intelligence-gathering agency to a government-funded, directed, and PROECTED international terrorist organization.

Yeah, I was alluding to this. 

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Here's Notes for Part 2 of the above (There's a 3rd party on the way): vcczar @Reagan04 @Actinguy @Patine @Conservative Elector 2 @TheMiddlePolitical @WVProgressive @SilentLiberty @pilight @admin_270 @Hestia11 @Herbert Hoover @mlcorcoran @Leuser @upandaway @jvikings1 @Rodja @Edouard @jnewt @Nentomat @Kingthero @Sunnymentoaddict @RFK/JFKfan @Mr.Blood @Zenobiyl @Wiw @MBDemSoc @ThePotatoWalrus @Alxeu @Allyn @Cenzonico @CentristGuy @Ishan @billay @wolves @RI Democrat @lizarraba @lizphairphreak @TheLiberalKitten @MysteryKnight @avatarmushi @servo75

Part 2:
 
72 - In 1960, JFK wasn't even on the list of likely candidates for president--with LBJ and Symington as the frontrunners. JFK understood television in a way that Trump understood ratings and social media to propel himself to a competitive candidate rather quickly. 
73 - JFK wanted to follow Woodrow Wilson's example of President in constant communication with the voters. 
74 - JFK was the first candidate to use the primary system to his advantage and get nominated in a Convention system that still selected presidents independent of the primary results. However, Teddy Roosevelt was the first to attempt to win nomination via the primary in 1912. In 1952, Estes Kefauver attempted to pull it off as well but fell short, despite winning the primaries, because party bosses didn't want a president who investigated criminal ties to political organizations.
75 - JFK had to use TV to build an appearance of qualifications as he lacked the resume of Eisenhower, Nixon, LBJ and others. 
76 - In 1904, Theodore Roosevelt was miffed that a presidential candidate wasn't allowed to campaign actively for his election (or reelection). He said he'd tear Alton B. Parker to shreds if he were allowed in the open. Roosevelt nevertheless won a landslide victory against Parker. 
77 - Jackson was crucial in killing the old caucus system that picked the presidents, allowing for the Convention to be born, which was a little more open. 
78 -- Like Trump,  Jackson promised to "drain the swamp." Sen. Daniel Webster was shocked to see people travel hundreds of miles to see Jackson, believing Jackson was saving them from some sort of hidden danger. 
79 -- William Henry Harrison broke tradition by actually appearing at Whig rallies for president, but he didn't say anything. 
80 -- Whig party leaders in 1852 feared that their nominee Winfield Scott would be impossible to control should he be elected president.  
81 - Stephen A Douglas pretended to visit his mother, but used this excuse to campaign on his own behalf for president in 1860. 
82 - Garfield was the first president to have a front-porch campaign. Since a president wasn't allowed to campaign, he opened his door to anyone wishing to hear from him. 
83 - Republican Party leaders wanted Robert Taft as president but Eisenhower's support in the primaries proved to them that Eisenhower had a better shot at winning the 1952 election. Thus, Republicans shifted their support at the Convention. 
84 - The desire for an outsider is stronger since Carter won as an outsider. This has allowed for the strong support of non-establishment party members like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. In 1960, JFK announced he would run for president in the US Senate. This would never happen today. 
85 - 1992 might be the last election in which the defeated party reassured their own voters that their opponent would govern well. Example, VP Quayle assured his voters that Bill Clinton will be an "all right" president since he showed so much skill on campaign. 
86 - Rallies weren't often beneficial in the past. For instance, after WWII Woodrow Wilson had frequent rallies to gain support for the League of Nations. This backfired as many thought Wilson was being opportunistic by using WWII dead as an emotional crutch to turn the country against the Republican Party. 
87 - Trump's use of Twitter is comparable to FDR's use of fire-side chats as an innovative mode of communication. 
88 - Support for National Healthcare was 57% when Obama took office. When he signed Obamacare, support fell to about 41%. However, when Trump failed in his attempt to repeal Obamacare, repeal efforts had only a 31% approval. 
89 - Eisenhower was so well-liked that when he blundered on something many blamed chief of staff Sherman Adams. Some thought Adams had so much control that he was actually the president. 
90 - Truman tried to gain support and excitement for his goals with showy displays. Eisenhower was the inversion in that he thought showy displays detracted from goals. 
91 - Jefferson opted for placing an economically disastrous embargo on the UK because he believed that war encouraged the centralization of federal power. He selected the least of two evils. Better to wreck the economy than increase governmental power permanently and risk bloodshed. 
92 - The book suggests that Bush I was a one-termer primarily because he rarely appeared to be excited in even his own achievements. He showed no elation when the Soviet Union fell or when the Berlin Wall fell. 
93 - The book also suggests that Bush I was exactly the kind of president the Framers of the Constitution wanted, but in a time of constant media coverage on the presidency, the people's preferences in what they want in a president's personality wins over. For instance, Reagan beat Bush in the 1980 primaries because the people preferred a "John Wayne" to a "WASP."
94 - Obama's debate coaches had a hard time getting Obama to break free of "professor mode" in debates. They knew that the people wanted to be entertained at a debate, not educated. While Trump was a terrible debater in the traditional sense, he never bored anyone. 
95 - John Adams jailed Thomas Jefferson's attack-dog pamphleteer after the 1796 election. 
96 - In 1952, Adlai Stevenson predicted that in the future professional actors would become candidates. 
97 - Nixon thought TV appearances were just a cheesy gimmick, but ultimately bowed to pressure and did them to earn support. 
98 - Bill Clinton playing a saxophone on the Arsenio Hall show is used as an example of a TV appearance greatly helping a candidacy. Personality won where politics might have done little. 
99 - Coolidge was thankful that he became president during the time of radio. He admitted that he was a terrible public speaker with no oratory skills, but he realized he had a good radio voice. 
100 - FDR mastered the radio. He reduced his speeches by 60% and cut the substance of the speeches down by 84%. Later politicians also reduced the length of speeches and the focus on issues. 
101 - Reagan perfected the use of the teleprompter, a device now seen as duplicitous. Trump vowed to never use a teleprompter, a promise he hasn't kept regularly. 
102 - Gingrich said he wasn't sure Trump was a conservative, but said he was the most effective anti-liberal of his lifetime. 
103 - George Washington lamented all the misinformation about Native Americans stating that lies told many times misleading come off as appearing to be true. This is coupled with a paragraph of Trump doubling down on lies even after they've been fact checked. 
 
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Here's part 3 (final part of my notes, although I'll have a poll based off the book coming later)

See part 1 and part 2 in this thread above: 

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Part 3
104 - In 1916 during WWI, Wilson thought the most virtuous thing he could do if he lost reelection, was to ask for his VP and Sec of State to resign, appoint the would-be president-elect as Sec of State, and then resign himself, making Hughes president, so that there would be no lame duck period. Such non-partisanship would be unheard of today. 
105 - Nixon covertly thwarted LBJ's peace plans, which if they had been successful, likely would have won Humphrey the White House in 1968. LBJ was informed of Nixon's covert operations, but he was advised not to reveal it since it would set a precedence for a president to interfere in an election. LBJ did not act. 
106 - In the 1992 elections, Bush I was offered information on Clinton's trip to Moscow by British and Russian intelligence. Bush said a president can't accept that kind of information. Meanwhile in 2016, Trump was eager to get information about his opponent, Joe Biden, from Ukraine and even went on live TV requesting countries to investigate Biden. 
107 - FDR asked his aides to spread rumors of 1940 election opponent Wendell Wilkie's marital affairs. 
108 - President Trump is unique in the level of inter-party attacks he conducts as president, specifically on McCain, Romney, Corker, and Flake, etc.. Previous presidents, generally kept their criticism private rather than attempting to turn the party against inter-party alternative viewpoints. 
109 - President Trump is the first president to run for president or preside as president without making any attempt at coming off as a man of integrity or honesty. In his first 1,000 days in office, Trump had made over 16,000 false or misleading claims, according to fact-checkers. 
110 - In July 2019, only 34% of voters found Trump honest and trustworthy, 12% lower than Clinton at this time in his presidency. Only 27% found Trump to have high personal and ethical standards. 
111 - Lincoln always feared his wife's spending and her attempts to hide her spending would be discovered by Congress. 
112 - Jimmy Carter promised to never lie to the American people in response to the Nixon-Ford years. 
113 - Washington, FDR, and Lincoln were great, in part, that they rarely revealed their true intentions until the right time. 
114 - Trump's first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said of Trump, "The President has zero psychological ability to experience empathy or pity in any way." 
115 - Trump's bond with his supporters is a kind of empathy. He understands their motives and moods, and uses that to his advantage. This group of Americans didn't feel the same connection with Obama and Hillary Clinton, both who used condescending language at times towards this demographic. 
116 - Trump uses self-serving responses when empathetic responses to tragedies are expected. Trump does not follow the normal human (and political) reaction by feeling shock or horror when tragedy occurs. 
117 - Eisenhower selected a liberal Democrat to the Supreme Court to gain support among independent Democrats in his reelection year. He also selected a liberal Republican. Both cases would be unthinkable today. 
118 - In 1968, presidential nominee Nixon said that Republicans should not block a Democratic SC nominee if a vacancy should occur during the lame duck period. In 2016, few Republicans complained about the rationale of Merrick Garland's blocked nomination. 
119 - Mitch McConnell doubted Trump would win the primaries since he didn't think Trump was a conservative or really a member of the GOP. 
120 - Despite controversial and scandalous behavior on the part of both Trump and Bill Clinton, their respective party leaders and supporters found reasons to defend or excuse their actions. 
121 - Trump has changed GOP views on values. In 2011, 60% of evangelicals believed a president that commits an immoral act in their personal life cannot behave ethically as president. When Trump became the nominee, the same question was given to evangelicals and only 20% of evangelicals held the opinion. 
122 - In 1976, Carter received backlash for being honest and confessing that he had lusted after women in his heart. 
123 - In 2007, 71% of GOP thought honesty was important in a president. In 2018, the same question found only 49% of GOP thinking that honesty was important for a president. 
124 -- Many of the Watergate participants were privately virtuous. So perhaps private behavior is unimportant. Trump's supporters believe that Trump's behavior, public or private, can be overlooked since the country needs him to save the country from a larger evil. Never Trumpers are unconvinced that this is justified. 
125 - Obama was pushed consistently to be more aggressive towards the GOP since they weren't going to work with him. Obama and some allies were thinking that the GOP were going to tear themselves apart in an ideological inter-party war. Obama tried a little aggression, but he never matched Trump's gusto. 
126 - Bannon once said of Democrats, "The longer Democrats talk about identity politics, I got 'em. I want them to talk about racism every day." Bannon believed that economic nationalism would win more people than identity politics. 
127 - Despite being a new kind of candidate, Trump is failing to build a coalition in the way that FDR or Reagan did. No significant Democrat has cross party lines either to join the GOP. 
128 - Trump is unlikely to change his rhetoric, platform, or campaign in reelection. 
129 - The post-Trump America will probably create an appetite for a president that follows a traditional path; however, Trump has also created a precedent that would allow a future Democratic president to claim powers and offer the excuse that extreme measures are needed to reverse what transpired during the Trump administration.  
 
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