April 16, 2018

QotD - He's a Stand up guy

But, actually (Trump) is a stand up guy is the theme from the column under the Spengler byline by David P. Goldman in PJ Media about the pardon of Scooter Libby (who the author declares is a personal friend). Here's the quote, with the QotD in bold b/c the context is important:

I ran into a Russian diplomat at a political lunch not long ago. We got to talking about Trump, and he said, "The one thing we can't figure out is why Trump moved the embassy to Jerusalem. What was the purpose of this maneuver? Was it to stir the pot and see what sort of reactions he would get?" I told the Russian that he didn't get it. Trump did it because he thought it was the right thing to do. The Russian stared at me uncomprehending. There hasn't been a "right thing to do" in Russia for the past hundred years, just the clever or expedient thing to do.

But there are several runners up:
Bush was at no legal risk (to pardon Libby), to be sure. He just worried about the optics. The psychiatric term for such behavior according to DSM-IV is "chickenshit."

The president acts on his impulses, and the result sometimes is awkward in the extreme. ... The next day the president had to qualify the (tweeted) statement (about missiles a-comin'). My guess is that he acted on his gut response to an atrocity. That's not the most prudent thing for a president to do, but it shows the kind of man he is. Of all the American presidents since Reagan, he is the only one to do what he thinks is right in spite of risks that could cow a lesser man.
and while not a N/Tr I do think he's a lout and a ruffian:
To the Never-Trumpers who think that our president is a lout and a ruffian who cares nothing for decent standards of behavior, I say: What you call "decent standards of behavior" have become so perverse, so cowardly, so hypocritical and so self-serving that only an outsider, a "lout," a "ruffian" with contempt for your standards will have the courage to do the right thing.

Quote of the Day Posted by nanobrewer at April 16, 2018 12:47 AM

as an aside; can someone tell me who "Spengler" is? I was semi-regularly reading a column in Asia Times by an author with the name-de-pleume of Spengler and never did find out who it was writing those disruptive, economically brilliant columns.

Posted by: nanobrewer at April 16, 2018 1:09 AM

Yes, indeed. I cheered President Trump for this action and jeered Bush for his pusillanimity (n. the state of being a chickenshit).

@nb: It is David Goldman and I agree with your assessment.

Posted by: jk at April 16, 2018 10:55 AM | What do you think? [2]