When 'The Donald' tramped into The White House and immediately proceeded to drop 'Twitter' clangers all over the place, we all - well, me, anyway! - all waited with bated breath for a really 'yuuuuuuuuuge' one that would not only blow his wig off - er, it is a wig, isn't it? - but also blow him right out of the Presidency. I'm still waiting but, incredibly, it ain't happened yet! In fact, just the opposite, his popularity numbers keep creeping up higher and higher just as various economic stats do the same. Even more incredibly, there is a chance - tiny but a chance all the same! - that the Republicans might, just, hang on to both Houses in the Congress after the mid-term elections. WHODATHUNKIT?
A year or six months ago, it was possible to see Trump as Samson pulling down the temple on top of himself and his party in an epic feat of destruction. It hasn’t happened. Of course, he’s capable of committing a monumental blunder at any time. But he has not yet lived down to the assumption of so many of his critics that he would make it easy for them as the instrument of his own rapid undoing.
Trump's hyped-up altercation with 'Fat Boy Kim' which at one stage had us all thinking of buying in plenty of tinned food and crates of fresh water, just in case, is now moving towards what might be a sort of unbelievable 'love in'! If - and it's still a very big 'IF' - this meeting in Singapore ends successfully, it will provide the Republicans with enough political rocket fuel to enable them to blast past the Dems in November. Mr. Lowry puts it more carefully:
If Republicans manage to hold the House (still a very dicey proposition) and pick up Senate seats (probably more likely than not), 2018 will be to Trump what 1998 was to Bill Clinton — an unexpected midterm victory in which remarkably good conditions in the country trumped the politics of scandal.
Since November 2016 I have had the fingers of both hands firmly crossed but now, I wonder, is it safe to uncross one of them?