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John Gore is one of Washington’s most experienced government affairs analysts. In the course of his 45-year career he has provided counsel on politics and strategy for a variety of multinational corporations, including BP, Time Warner, the London Stock Exchange, BAES, Goldman Sachs, Kellogg, Royal Caribbean, BHP Billiton, Standard Chartered Bank, Henkel, TNK and Xstrata. His commentaries from Washington and special topical reports reach over 1500 readers monthly. John Gore's articles are available to readers worldwide via subscription services.
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December was a rough month for President Trump. January promises to be even rougher.
DECEMBER 30, 2018
U.S. POLICIES ARE clearly broken and in urgent need of repair. Perhaps that, rather than political calculus, will break the logjam. In the meantime, everyone just looks stubbornly partisan. There are signs that 2019 is going to begin on a high note for the President. A shrill note perhaps, as no fewer than 5 House Committees have announced their intention to investigate various aspects of his conduct and his Administration’s policies. As we enter 2019, Washington seems populated by two groups: those who support Trump and/or his policies, but increasingly worry that his Presidency is at risk; and those who are determined to undo him. Confrontation seems more likely than cooperation. If all of this gives you a sense of unease, you are not alone.
If Trump is smart, he will continue to battle for his agenda, but he will try and look more reasonable.
NOVEMBER 29, 2018
Trump may need a new act. He needs to dial down the anger and thicken his skin. Counter punching has always been his forte, but the electorate seems to be tiring of the constant battling and bickering in Washington. They might also be tiring of Donald the Warrior. His opponents seem to know this, and that is why they will continue to provoke him. Ditto for much of the press. If Trump is smart, he will continue to battle for his agenda, but he will try and look more reasonable. Based on his ego and past performance, few here have confidence that he will make the adjustment. But he did not get where he is by being stupid.”
The reason why Brexiteers and Remainers are uniting is because this deal does not allow the UK the legal right to terminate it.
NOVEMBER 27, 2018
Despite all the challenges, the Brexit negotiations press on. For the moment, most people here on both sides of the debate seem resigned that the UK will “leave” the EU. They just don’t know when or how. Perhaps once they have seen the details of Brexit in black and white and have decided what it means to them personally, there will be a recalculation. Weak governments will soldier on, probably cobbling together an agreement that pleases nobody and solves little. It may go down in history as The Great British Fudge.
Will we see a Democrat wave in 2018? Will Republicans again defy the polls and hang on to control? Nobody really knows.
OCTOBER 01, 2018
One can say with certainty that politics in America is becoming more destructive and desperate by the month. Whatever your policy views, perhaps the best thing that could happen in November is an outcome that makes a significant number of people less angry. A cooling of tempers and rhetoric might make possible policy initiatives that would bridge some of the chasms that seem to divide us. One can only vote and hope.