Let’s play out how many of us believe this presidential election will conclude.
Hillary Rodham Clinton will become the 45th president of the United States. She’ll be the second consecutive history-making president, following immediately the election of the nation’s first African-American; she’ll become the first woman to hold the exalted office.
Will she be granted the “traditional honeymoon period” that Congress grants a newly elected president?
You can stop laughing now. I realize that borders on a stupid question. It’s also a rhetorical one.
She won’t get one any more than President Barack Obama was granted such a period when he was elected in 2008.
I harken back to what Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell declared in 2009, that his “No. 1 priority” was to make Barack Obama “a one-term president.”
Do you remember that? That was Job One. Front-burner stuff. Forget working with the newly elected president to solve the economic crisis that was destroying our nation’s well-being. McConnell’s primary mission ended in failure when Obama was re-elected in 2012.
Hillary Clinton is likely to face the same level of hostility — if not a greater level — from congressional Republicans, many of whom she worked with while she served in the Senate from 2001 to 2009.
The leader of the peanut-gallery jeering section well might be the guy she’s going to defeat — Donald J. Trump, someone who has zero public service history, zero commitment to fighting for the nation at any level, zero understanding of how government works.
Honeymoon period? Those days may be gone for the foreseeable future.