The Pelosi-Trump Feud Is Entertaining [OPINION]
If it were not so tragic, it would be funny.
The ongoing feud between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and President Donald J. Trump, while sad, has actually become somewhat entertaining at the same time.
Trump refers to Pelosi as "crazy" while Pelosi says she prays for Trump and has called for his family and staff to stage an intervention, suggesting the president isn't quite all there and should step aside.
This all makes for wonderful cable news network theatrics as we head into the dull summer season of television reruns and replacement programming, but it only serves to mask the fact that little is getting done in Washington, at least legislatively.
Upon taking office in 2017, Trump understood that he would need to whittle away at the deadwood in his own party before he could begin making legislative progress. That was never more apparent than with the inability of the Republicans to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, something they pledged to do for seven long years while Obama was president.
When the Democrats took back the House in the 2018 midterms, Trump knew that his best opportunities would be in the Republican-controlled Senate where he picked up seats, so he focused on the judiciary and getting new, conservative judges approved. The results have been amazing.
Trump also knew that he would have to use his executive powers to enact change and has done that effectively.
The nation's economy has never been stronger. Unemployment is at record lows for all segments of the population and consumer confidence driven by tax cuts and new job creation have resulted in a happy populous. As long as the good times keep rolling, Trump is a shoo-in for re-election next year.
For the time being at least, the feud between Pelosi and Trump is working well for Trump and is hurting the Democrats in general. An economic downturn or an unforeseen incident could turn things around quickly and that would spell disaster for Trump.
In the meantime, most citizens are anticipating summer vacations and better weather and are not paying particularly close attention to what is going on within the beltway. For the time being at least, the Nancy and Donald Show is good for a few chuckles. Whether that will still be the case when fall arrives has yet to be determined.
Stay tuned as things could get interesting at a moment's notice—or with no notice whatsoever.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.