Listen: Trump, President Obama And White House discussed on Washington Today
"Fred Barnes, you've been around Washington for a long time. Can you compare what we're about to enter with a Republican in the White House divided congress to President Clinton President Reagan or another president and congress now? Well, I think it's one we've just seen President Obama and a Republican congress and we saw what happened there. He was with these big democratic majorities in both houses in the first two years. He got Obama Care and a lot else was a very successful president. And then if you remember two thousand ten Republicans won the house and in two thousand fourteen they won the Senate, and it meant that after this very successful legislative. Two years. The last six years, we're not much for Obama. And the things he did were mainly by executive action. Trump is overturned a lot of those. But I think Trump if he's in in for eight years, we'll have something. Very similar strong first year, you know, the tax Bill passes. You get a lot of judges. You do a lot of deregulation and stuff and the last six years, zilch. One of the other issues that House Democrats will be facing investigating this president will they overreach. Probably but they're ready for it. And then it'll be the most exciting thing going on for sure. You know that subpoena power is a big deal in the house. You know, you don't get to. You don't get to. Confirm. Ambassadors and supreme court justices and so on but it's much easier to subpoena because in the house, the chairman of a committee has full power. He can subpoena. An issue in the Senate you have to get both the chairman of a committee, and the ranking member of the other party harder to do it there. So that we the house will get a lot more attention than it has recently. And it'll, you know. These hearings are going to be wild because you know, Democrats sought of disturbed and interfered with. Some of them when Republicans did them. In the last couple of years, and I think Republicans will answer inform, and I think they'll be raucous. Wild Lenny turn to to other subjects. I AM News that I know hits close to home on the executive editor of the weekly standard. What's the future of the publication? The I really don't know. But at the moment, I have to say the magazine is in crisis. I'm maybe executive editor. But. You know in journalism, the reporters and editors and stuff smear it the title politicians have. And then love them themselves executive editor, I'm not really an executive. They're I mainly write pieces, and but I have some already because I one of the founders of the magazine back in nineteen ninety-five. We started with Rupert Murdoch's money and the. It's. We just have to wait and see we're gonna know in a couple of weeks what the future of the standard is. Will it continue? Will it be a website? Will it be swallowed up by the other publication owned by Philly and shoots who had bought the standard? Murdoch and own the. The exact examiner as well and examiners is going to be made into a national magazine. And. Willie standard become a part of that. Well, I have a role. I don't know. What does this say about the state of journalism and the state of conservative publications? Well, one conservative publications it's easy to. Say what the problem they have is. And and it's what I tell people when they asked me what's going on in Washington. And I say one word Trump and Trump is a very divisive force among conservatives. There's some I mean, we know all the on all the people who are never Trumpers and some of them are are major figures like my colleague Bill Kristol, major figures in conservative journalism, and and he's been critical of the president. You're putting it mildly. He's certainly has the. And I'm not I'm not a never-trumper. The there's a lot of ground in between there. And so that has hurt. Conservative publications, you know, unit that Trump is surprising to me, but awfully popular among conservatives. I think the polls show eighty percent or the happy with him. And and so, and they don't wanna read in conservative public publications pay money to get they don't want to read a lot of knives. Stuck in the Trump? And you know, they get it national review get some of the weekly standard. And it's it's. Problem. Finally, we have just completed a week of tributes celebrating the life of George H W Bush from Saint Martin's episcopal church in Houston on Thursday. There was this.."