Pulitzer Prize winner (twice) Bob Woodward’s book entitled FEAR: TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE dropped like a bomb shell this month on the campaigns leading up to the November 2018 elections, which, by all counts, will be pivotal in determining post-election events.
Woodward’s portrait of the Trump White House is one of Chaos, with advisers, cabinet members and staff often engaged in frantic attempts to create order out of the circus of events surrounding the president since before his installation in January of 2016 and continuing to the day of the book's publication, and afterward.
Woodward may well be the most respected newspaper columnist in the United States, and to be accurate, surely one of the most respected in the world. He writes with authority. His work demands respect.
So far, no one has made a significant challenge to Woodward’s book.
Thus, we do not question his thesis here. We simply note with urgency that we the People most find sure ways to move beyond Trump-induced Fear to Order and Civility, which includes, of course, intelligent politicians making intelligent decisions.
Toward this restoration of sanity to the White House, Democrats need to regain control of at least one of the Congressional branches, either the House or the Senate, preferably both, to guarantee that the restoration moves smoothly and quickly.
Along the way, there will be bumps. For one, should Democrats regain the House, Trump’s impeachment will likely be set in motion. For two, and more importantly, the Mueller report should come out within months, almost certainly before summer 2019. In either case, conflict will be the order of all the days. If both cases hold, it will be Chaos Part II.
Which is precisely why Democrats and non-Trump Republicans must make conscious decisions beginning now to nominate strong candidates for the 2020 presidential election.
A wise, intelligent individual must be elected, one that hopefully will garner the respect of a significant majority of Americans. Otherwise, fear wins.