On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough cited a Wall Street Journal editorial for the proposition that President Trump wouldn’t mind losing the Republican House majority in 2018. Wrote the Journal [emphasis added]:
“Mr. Trump might not welcome a Democratic House, but he also might not fear it as long as Republicans keep the Senate. More than even most politicians, Mr. Trump always needs a foil, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be from central political casting.“
Scarborough seemed to scoff at the idea, saying, “I don’t think he ever thinks that way,” but it was hard to know whether Joe was being serious, as he continued: “everybody says, Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House gives me the perfect target to attack for the next two years, and in 2020.”
“Trump defines himself in many ways by his enemies. And Nancy Pelosi in that role would be the perfect foil . . . And I think that there is some suggestion around the President that he would like that, that he would be able to fight day to day: this is the enemy.”
There’s no doubt that having a Speaker Pelosi as a foil would make for some great red meat. But would Trump really welcome a Dem House majority that would doom his agenda and also likely impeach him?
For that matter, what are the odds, even if Dems take back the House majority, that Pelosi would be Speaker in 2020? Politics or health might well intervene against her.