Newell Normand: Another politically divisive year?

Newell Normand
January 03, 2018 - 7:08 am

Will 2018 be as nasty and divisive as 2017 was? Check out some of Newell Normand's HOT TAKES:

  • 2018 is going to be a defining year for the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress. There are very important campaign promises that have yet to be delivered or even addressed.
  • On top of that, there will have to be clean-up legislation to fulfill promises that were made to secure votes for the tax reform bill. It was a big victory for the Trump administration, but now the Devil's in the details.
  • It seems to me that, leading up to the midterm elections, Republicans will want to get a number of these issues done. If I had to prioritize them from easiest to accomplish to most difficult, disaster relief should be a “gimme” and get bipartisan support...if it ends up in a standalone bill on an up-or-down bill. But it seems like that's never the case.
  • We've got until January 19th to get a budget done. So we've only got a couple weeks to deal with that issue while all these other particular issues are going on as well.
  • From a foreign relations standpoint, I don't know if 2018 will be any more stable than 2017 was. It just seems like it'll be more of the same with the tweets from the President and the disruption. How we get to equilibrium on a number of these issues is beyond me.
  • I think this is going to be domestic shock-and-awe throughout this year leading up to the midterms. I don't see any warming at all this year. There will be discord, and some will try to blow up everything.
  • This is going to be an incredibly politically divisive year (again). We'll elect a new House of Representatives and a good percentage of the Senate in the midterms this year. When you think about all the big issues we have to face, you have to wonder why we find ourselves in this situation.
  • Why is it that it ends up being about the Democrats and the Republicans and not about the issues on so many different fronts? I've said numerous times that the best and the worst thing about this country is the two-party system. The best part is that we can reach compromise when we have to. The worst part is that it's all about control.

You can hear the rest of Newell's thoughts and his whole interview with political analyst Ron Faucheux below.

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