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(Five Thirty-Eight)   I know liberals want to think of Trump as a do-nothing President, but while he hasn't done much to secure his own legacy, he has done plenty to undo President Obama's legacy   ( fivethirtyeight.com) divider line
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2017-04-21 12:18:13 PM  
No shiat, Sherlock.  He's unraveling Obama's entire term like a farking sweater.  Obvious tag out drinking or something?
 
2017-04-21 12:19:54 PM  
Well, that's what Republicans do. Fark everything up and then let the Democrats fix things later.

Keep voting for Republicans, people. It's working out great.
 
2017-04-21 12:23:12 PM  
Dumpy's main achievement so far, has been to make Dubya seem less bad.
 
2017-04-21 12:23:57 PM  
I'm not sure that p*ssing and sh*tting all over the place counts as "work" necessarily...
 
2017-04-21 12:29:30 PM  
We shall see.
 
2017-04-21 12:33:11 PM  
Well, that's the problem with executive orders. One of the problems.
 
2017-04-21 12:33:12 PM  
It's infuriating but, then again, I voted against this sort of thing happening.
 
2017-04-21 12:35:35 PM  
He is securing his legacy.

This is precisely what his base wants him to do and elected him for.

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They don't give a fark if he backtracks on most of the actual policy positions he espoused.  They know a guy will say anything to get the girl to put out.  No one really expects you to follow through on that shiat the next morning.

But STIGGINIT is what they and he are all about.  That and only that.
 
2017-04-21 12:40:01 PM  
it's a really poor precedent to set.  he's just inviting his presidency to be erased by the next person.
 
2017-04-21 01:01:55 PM  
Undoing Obama's legacy is exactly what Trump wants his legacy to be.

He wants to be known as the president who put "White" back in the White House. Anything else that happens is incidental.
 
2017-04-21 01:03:13 PM  

ManateeGag: it's a really poor precedent to set.  he's just inviting his presidency to be erased by the next person.


Well, to be fair, his horrible polices were pretty much inviting that anyway.
 
2017-04-21 01:06:13 PM  
This has been his only plan since Obama tore him a new asshole at the 2011 Correspondent's Dinner. That was the moment Trump decided he wanted to be president, solely so he could say F-U to Obama by destroying his legacy.
 
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2017-04-21 01:31:37 PM  

hubiestubert: I'm not sure that p*ssing and sh*tting all over the place counts as "work" necessarily...


It did for Trump's hookers.
 
2017-04-21 01:36:54 PM  

PirateKing: This has been his only plan since Obama tore him a new asshole at the 2011 Correspondent's Dinner. That was the moment Trump decided he wanted to be president, solely so he could say F-U to Obama by destroying his legacy.


I wonder if he'll ever reach that moment when he stops and says, "destroying Obama's legacy is destroying my own, and is causing a lot of damage to our country."

I highly doubt it.
 
2017-04-21 01:44:09 PM  

hubiestubert: I'm not sure that p*ssing and sh*tting all over the place counts as "work" necessarily...


It depends on where you do it.  It's kinda like geocaching.
 
2017-04-21 01:45:24 PM  
Crashing and burning the country is a kind of accomplishment.
 
2017-04-21 01:47:52 PM  

ManateeGag: it's a really poor precedent to set.  he's just inviting his presidency to be erased by the next person.


You don't have to worry about your legacy being easy to erase if your legacy is a giant stain.
 
2017-04-21 01:47:55 PM  

Ambivalence: No shiat, Sherlock.  He's unraveling Obama's entire term like a farking sweater.  Obvious tag out drinking or something?


Hero tag is obviously on vacation.
 
2017-04-21 01:49:38 PM  

FreeBirdInTheHand: Well, that's the problem with executive orders. One of the problems.


Actually a lot of it has nothing to do with executive orders, but rather with rolling back regulations created through the Federal rulemaking process based on passed legislation.
 
2017-04-21 01:49:45 PM  

Lando Lincoln: PirateKing: This has been his only plan since Obama tore him a new asshole at the 2011 Correspondent's Dinner. That was the moment Trump decided he wanted to be president, solely so he could say F-U to Obama by destroying his legacy.

I wonder if he'll ever reach that moment when he stops and says, "destroying Obama's legacy is destroying my own, and is causing a lot of damage to our country."

I highly doubt it.


He is utterly incapable of that much introspection.
 
2017-04-21 01:49:51 PM  
Yeah... No.
What Trump is accomplishing is undoing Obama's policies.

Meanwhile, Trump is creating a juxtaposition of administrations that is borderline cartoonish.

Trump is showing the country and the world just how fradgile and incompetent white male conservatives are.
 
2017-04-21 01:50:24 PM  
Trump was motivated to run for president because a negro Muslim President from Kenya mocked him at a White House correspondents' dinner.  Trump seems to have vowed to destroy everything Obama stood for, all out of spite for getting mocked.
 
2017-04-21 01:52:39 PM  
 But trump voters are most hurt by it so at least that's something.
 
2017-04-21 01:53:11 PM  
You know what, it doesnt' change Obama's "Legacy" at all. He was a good president bookended by an idiot and a con-man. Nothing Trump does will make me forget that.
 
2017-04-21 01:57:26 PM  
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2017-04-21 01:58:23 PM  
Yeah and assuming he doesn't destroy us all with a nuclear exchange, a Democrat will follow to once again unfark all the shiat done by a Republican Administration.

This isn't new, and it's about as stupid as it was predictable.
 
2017-04-21 01:58:26 PM  

kidgenius: You know what, it doesnt' change Obama's "Legacy" at all. He was a good president bookended by an idiot and a con-man. Nothing Trump does will make me forget that.


THIS!

That and, of course, Trump is simply as asshole.
 
2017-04-21 01:59:00 PM  
Gotta undo everything the Near did.
 
2017-04-21 01:59:23 PM  

kidgenius: You know what, it doesnt' change Obama's "Legacy" at all. He was a good president bookended by an idiot and a con-man. Nothing Trump does will make me forget that.


History is written by those who win.  We will have no say so in the matter.  Facts will have no say so in the matter.  In 100 years, what those in power have written down and allowed to be written down will be all that matters.  In 100 years, Trump may be seen as the greatest president in history and the start of the Trump empire that controls the remaining states that do not leave the union.  Obama may just be a footnote, comparable to carter.  Why?  because they say so, and you dont have a billion dollars to stop them.
 
2017-04-21 02:00:47 PM  

MelGoesOnTour: Trump is simply as asshole.


Moreover, he's a simple asshole
 
2017-04-21 02:00:59 PM  

MelGoesOnTour: kidgenius: You know what, it doesnt' change Obama's "Legacy" at all. He was a good president bookended by an idiot and a con-man. Nothing Trump does will make me forget that.

THIS!

That and, of course, Trump is simply as asshole.


Show me a Republican currently in government who isn't one.
 
2017-04-21 02:01:11 PM  
Pretty sure Joffrey has already secured his "legacy" as a worthless piece of shiat elected by the stupidest people on earth.

He's the "spinning beach ball" of U.S. history.
 
2017-04-21 02:01:39 PM  

kidgenius: You know what, it doesnt' change Obama's "Legacy" at all. He was a good president bookended by an idiot and a con-man. Nothing Trump does will make me forget that.


That's true. Every bone-headed move just makes me realize how much better Obama was.
 
2017-04-21 02:01:57 PM  

orclover: kidgenius: You know what, it doesnt' change Obama's "Legacy" at all. He was a good president bookended by an idiot and a con-man. Nothing Trump does will make me forget that.

History is written by those who win.  We will have no say so in the matter.  Facts will have no say so in the matter.  In 100 years, what those in power have written down and allowed to be written down will be all that matters.  In 100 years, Trump may be seen as the greatest president in history and the start of the Trump empire that controls the remaining states that do not leave the union.  Obama may just be a footnote, comparable to carter.  Why?  because they say so, and you dont have a billion dollars to stop them.


And that, children is how slave raper, and genocidal maniac Andrew Jackson got on the Twenty dollar bill.
 
2017-04-21 02:02:00 PM  

orclover: History is written by those who win.


Exception: The US Civil War.
 
2017-04-21 02:06:45 PM  
Don't know that I've ever heard him described as a do-nothing President. Do-nothing-GOOD President, maybe.

Faceplant from the headline.
 
2017-04-21 02:07:12 PM  
The main achievements of the past number of GOP presidents have been to make the previous GOP president look good.

We can ignore Ford, as he was in office for too brief a time. So Reagan made Nixon look better, Bush I made Reagan and his Iran-Contra and other things look better. Bush II made his dad look better. Now Trump is making Bush II look good.
 
2017-04-21 02:09:54 PM  
Meh, close enough
 
2017-04-21 02:13:09 PM  
Yep, one at a time. One at a time.
 
2017-04-21 02:14:45 PM  
Democrats don't know how to win, Republicans only know how to obstruct and destroy.

What a world.
 
2017-04-21 02:15:50 PM  

Archidude: orclover: History is written by those who win.

Exception: The US Civil War.


Driving trucks around and hollering isn't "writing history."
 
2017-04-21 02:20:25 PM  

thamike: Archidude: orclover: History is written by those who win.

Exception: The US Civil War.

Driving trucks around and hollering isn't "writing history."


You gotta be able to write to be able to write history.
 
2017-04-21 02:23:58 PM  
I'm annoyed by pundits crediting Trump with a "big political win" for the Gorsuch nomination.

The Republicans control the Senate.  The nomination was pretty much un-farkupable.  If his biggest win is getting a Republican nominee through a Republican Senate, well . . .
 
2017-04-21 02:29:39 PM  
I forget, is pointing out that Cuban immigrants have to follow the same rules as all the rest currently considered a valid anti-Trump complaint or a deplorable defense of him?
 
2017-04-21 02:31:34 PM  
Oops, sorry, my farkup - that was Obama's decision.
 
2017-04-21 02:33:34 PM  
The most obvious accomplishment - the one that even Trump's sharpest critics acknowledge - is the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The vote was a key political win for a president in dire need of one.

I don't understand why people keep insisting that Gorsuch's appointment wasa political win for Trump. It was a win for McConnell and the Republicans in the Senate, who blocked Garland and won enough seats to be able to approve whoever the President agreed to nominate. Trump had almost nothing to do without, he just said "OK" when the GOP leadership told him who to nominate.
 
2017-04-21 02:35:54 PM  

mod_reright: The most obvious accomplishment - the one that even Trump's sharpest critics acknowledge - is the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The vote was a key political win for a president in dire need of one.

I don't understand why people keep insisting that Gorsuch's appointment wasa political win for Trump. It was a win for McConnell and the Republicans in the Senate, who blocked Garland and won enough seats to be able to approve whoever the President agreed to nominate. Trump had almost nothing to do without, he just said "OK" when the GOP leadership told him who to nominate.


When the next thing on your list of accomplishments is "Has spent more money on vacations than any President in history--in 3 months" you take what you can get.
 
2017-04-21 02:37:16 PM  
Obama's legacy are the failed states of Libya and Syria.
 
2017-04-21 02:44:04 PM  
Live by the Executive Order, die by the Executive Order.  It's only as permanent as the Executive in the office giving the order.   Trump will find out the same thing when a Democrat is in office.    That's why Obama fought so hard to get real legislation done through a larger deal.   It wasn't because he was naive, on the contrary because he was a realist about what a fleeting "victory" Executive Orders actually are.
 
2017-04-21 02:44:23 PM  

mod_reright: The most obvious accomplishment - the one that even Trump's sharpest critics acknowledge - is the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The vote was a key political win for a president in dire need of one.

I don't understand why people keep insisting that Gorsuch's appointment wasa political win for Trump. It was a win for McConnell and the Republicans in the Senate, who blocked Garland and won enough seats to be able to approve whoever the President agreed to nominate. Trump had almost nothing to do without, he just said "OK" when the GOP leadership told him who to nominate.


It's also based on the sort of action (or INACTION) that I'm pretty sure the Founders would pretty disgusted by.  His major accomplishment is pretty damned un-American.
 
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