No Blackout: Could Trump's Afghanistan Move Eclipse His Political Problems?
By Howard Kurtz, FOX NEWS
Donald Trump’s detractors may believe his presidency has been totally eclipsed, but like what happened to the sun yesterday, it always comes back into blinding view.
There’s been a lot of media chatter, in the wake of Charlottesville, about how the president has forfeited part of his job. This was “The Week When President Trump Resigned,” liberal New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote (that is, “if we regard the job as one of moral stewardship”). The business advisory councils have been abolished, he and his wife have bowed out of the Kennedy Center Honors, and so on.
As Politico pointed out, in 10 of the 30 weeks of his White House tenure, some pundits have declared it to be the “worst week” of his presidency. That was an echo of the campaign, when the press repeatedly decided he was dead in the water.
But no matter how much a president may seem marginalized by the press—Bill Clinton had to insist after his party was decimated in 1994 that the Constitution gave him “relevance”—such periods are always temporary. Given all the responsibilities of the leader of the free world, it doesn’t take much of a shift in the landscape to put him back at the center of the world stage.