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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Trump Meets Gore; May Govern From Center

Earlier this week, Donald Trump met with former Vice President Al Gore to discuss the issue of climate change.

This development is just another in the strange saga of the Trump transition. He has proven that he has no problem meeting with former adversaries despite backlash from his supporters. And now he has chosen to meet with the figurehead of an issue that he once called a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.

This all confirms my belief that you never really know how candidates-turned-presidents are going to turn out. In addition to the list in the linked post, I could also add Barack Obama. When Obama moved into the White House, he was regarded as a sort of liberal hero. He then proceeded to govern mostly from the center.

I think it is a natural tendency for Presidents to move toward the center when they take office. They go from trying to secure and excite their base (while picking up just enough swing voters to win the election) to actually having to govern a country of immensely varied people and interests. It's only natural for them to try to do the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people.

So, as I've said repeatedly, we still have no idea how the Trump Presidency will turn out, but I have to admit that I'm impressed by his willingness to go beyond his campaign rhetoric.


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