“It’s Déjà vu All Over Once more!”—The Sunday Political Brunch January 29, 2023

Sunday, January 29, 2023


“It’s Déjà vu All Over Once more!”—The Sunday Political Brunch January 29, 2023View Bigger +

Former Vice President Mike Pence and Former President Donald Trump PHOTO: White Home

Why am I not shocked? We’ve now seen a “three-peat” of  Washington, DC dangerous habits (not that that’s by no means occurred earlier than!). This “stored categorized doc” problem is changing into a problem that may form the 2024 marketing campaign. As former New York Yankees Corridor of Famer Yogi Berra would say, “It’s Déjà vu another time!” Déjà vu, in French, that means, “already seen!” Let’s “brunch” on that this week.


“The Pence Suspense” – A dozen categorized paperwork have been discovered on the Indiana residence of former Vice President Mike Pence, by his lawyer. Numerous sources describe the supplies as not deeply delicate, however slightly planning supplies and briefings for numerous overseas journeys. But, whereas they aren’t considered as High Secret, it does mirror an analogous sloppiness within the handing of categorized paperwork by former President Donald Trump and present President Joe Biden. Like Biden, Pence spent quite a few years in Congress the place they get the annual assessment about what paperwork you’ll be able to preserve, or not preserve, particularly once you depart workplace. Trump would have been given the identical briefing shortly after his inaugural. Nobody right here can declare ignorance, nor carelessness. It’s a blatant violation of the foundations and requirements (and doubtless legal guidelines), by all three.



“The Fallout?” – That is a type of tales that may put the so-called, “Who Cares?” check to work. Sure, it will get quite a lot of the DC politicos and media sorts, together with me, all riled up. And but the general public typically yawns. Fairly actually, as a political analyst, I feel it harms every man’s bid for the White Home in 2024. It raises questions on integrity, patriotism, allegiance to the foundations, sloppiness, and fundamental frequent sense. Right here’s my verdict. Nothing dangerous has occurred, and that will mitigate the injury for every of them. However, if some overseas or home agent is harmed by the compromise of safety or confidentiality, then any one in every of these candidates is completed. Even when every of them stored the paperwork, accidentally, or as an oversight, sloppiness is just not a resume builder on the best way to the Oval Workplace.


“Nationwide Archives Request” – I like this. In spite of everything, three revelations the Nationwide Archives on Thursday got here out with a proper request that every one dwelling former presidents and vice presidents cull their information to see if they’ve every other categorized paperwork that must be returned. For my part, that is akin to the farmer yelling to shut the barn gate, after all of the horses have escaped. Too little, too late!


“The Boys Are Again in City” – On Wednesday, Meta, the mum or dad firm of Fb, introduced it was giving Donald Trump entry and utilization of his previous account. Pour me a cup of espresso to appease my huge yawn. I’ve argued right here for months that social media platforms corresponding to Twitter and Fb are tremendously exaggerated of their affect and of their worth. Everybody has them, so what’s the tactical benefit? In lots of circumstances, they merely turn out to be “echo chambers” the place like-minded supporters give your views a “thumbs up.” I’ve seen quite a lot of proof they join folks to the dialog, as I wrote in my 2011 doctoral dissertation, however that doesn’t imply they persuade most of the entrenched to alter their minds. Greater than something, they’re an digital model of the previous “city sq.” the place folks can come and vent and share their opinions. Persuasion is as much as every candidate, and never the technical platform, as is identical with conventional media. It’s in regards to the high quality of the message, regardless of the way it’s delivered,


“California Dreaming” – It appears to be like just like the elevator is filling with candidates for the U.S. Senate race in California in 2024. Incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who at 89 is the eldest member of the U.S. Senate, has but to announce whether or not she’s going to run or not. Already Rep. Katie Fisher (D) California, has introduced she desires to maneuver to the higher chamber of Congress. And now Rep.  Adam Schiff (D) California, has introduced he would really like the seat as nicely. Many extra might get within the race, making for a crowded major. However at first blush, I’ve to say advantage-Schiff. He prosecuted a president who was wildly common in lots of corners of the nation, however not in liberal-leaning, anti-Trump California. There, Schiff might get huge kudos. It’s nearly just like the “Anti-Trump Coattail Impact.”


“Tanks for the Reminiscences” – The Biden Administration has now ordered the sending of 31 elite Abrams preventing tanks to Ukraine for its protection within the Russian invasion. This got here after Germany agreed to ship 14 of its Leopard 2 tanks for Ukrainian protection. That is positive to piss off Russian President Vladimir Putin. However whether or not it deters his will to penetrate deeper into Ukraine on this unpopular conflict stays to be seen. Many Russians are livid on the expense and manpower, particularly after Ukrainians have put up an sudden and fairly actually, highly effective resistance. To the extent that the U.S. chimes in and gives assist, it will likely be a wildcard think about many 2024 election contests, together with the race for the White Home.


“Hail to the Chief… of Workers” – President Biden’s Chief of Workers Ron Klain stepped down on Friday and was changed by the White Home COVID-19 Director, Jeff Zients. I wouldn’t learn an excessive amount of into this. The truth that Klain made it for precisely two years is outstanding. Each trendy president has had extra that one chief of employees. It’s a tense excessive burn-out job. You mainly reside on the White Home after which go sleep at residence. It’s 24/7 demanding, particularly navigating with all of the Congressional fiefdoms and leaders. Trivia word: President Jimmy Carter had no chief of employees for his first two years in workplace, as Carter selected to do the job himself, which was most likely a mistake. He then appointed his former marketing campaign supervisor, Hamilton Jordon, who final one yr and was changed.

“It’s Déjà vu All Over Once more!”—The Sunday Political Brunch January 29, 2023

Mark Curtis, Ed.D., is Chief Political Reporter for the seven Nexstar Media TV stations serving West Virginia, its 5 neighboring states and the complete Washington, DC media market. He’s additionally a MINDSETTER™ contributing political author and analyst for www.GoLocalProv.com and its associates.



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