Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Power of Simple Decency Republicans Beware: Voters Are Tiring of the Crassness and Chaos in Washington

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Power of Simple Decency Republicans Beware: Voters Are Tiring of the Crassness and Chaos in Washington

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WOOSTER, Ohio

The most important split in American politics may not be left vs. right or pro-Trump vs. anti-Trump but normality vs. the Trump-inspired Washington circus.If the doings in the nation's capital seem strange when you are there, they look positively lunatic at any distance from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave..

First, the White House is seized by vicious infighting over its inability to tell the truth about what it knew when concerning allegations of domestic violence against a top aide. It's remarkable how sealed off from reality this self-involved snake pit has become.

Combine this with the astounding disconnect between what President Donald Trump's own intelligence officials told us Tuesday about the threat of Russian meddling in our midterm elections and Mr. Trump's denials and inactivity. The signal is that Mr. Trump doesn't care what happens to the nation he leads. He is concerned only that Russian meddling taints the electorial triumph he boasts about and that further investigations of it could get him into trouble.

Oh, and there's also that payoff to the porn star.

Then there are his fiscal policies. They achieve something rather astounding by contradicting bothhis promises of budgetary prudence andhis pledges to be a pro-worker populist. Instead we get policies tilted toward the wealthiest that punish the least advantaged and throw the nation's finances into chaos - an impressively perverse trifecta. And his infrastructure program is not a big bang of construction but a whimper that effectively relies on everyone but the federal government to do the building.

Mr. Trump's foes reached their conclusion about his contradictions and misadventures long ago. They have responded by surging to the polls in just about every election held since 2016. The latest example was the Democrats' pickup of a seat in the Florida House of Representatives in a special election Tuesday. Margaret Good prevailed on a swing of roughly 12 points in a district that had voted for Mr. Trump by 5 points. It was the 36th Democratic state legislative gain since Mr. Trump's election.

These victories also reflect a demobilization of Mr. …

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