‘Brinkmanship,’ Not Bipartisanship, at Heart of 2019?

The midterm elections ended in a high-profile defeat for Democrats, and rather than ease into 2019 with momentous accomplishments, the potential new leadership of both parties is beginning to resemble yesterday’s brinksmanship.

The growing intra-party tensions are on display in a new article by The New York Times editorial board.

“The fault lines this cycle may be wider than ever, and they begin within Mr. Trump’s own party,” the editors write. “As a result, Republicans and their political allies — as well as Mr. Trump — now have more electoral risk and less to show for it. If the party makes the next few years resemble the ones after the last one, then Democrats should remain anxious and the party itself should have a new identity.”

The president himself continued to lash out Friday morning at the House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who raised questions about Mr. Trump’s mental fitness to lead. Mr. Trump cited allegations that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who Mr. Trump said he never worked with, called the president “idiot” during a classified briefing with intelligence officials.

I hear badly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came.. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018

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