Wednesday, November 8th

North Korea

On Tuesday, President Trump visited South Korea as part of a planned tour of Asia. During the trip, “Trump said the U.S. was committed to working toward a diplomatic solution with North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs, but that Washington was prepared to use a ‘full range’ of military options if necessary.”

From the LEFT

The left is relieved that Trump “has declined to reprise his inflammatory words of the past.”

Speaking “in unusually measured tones” he called on North Korea's ruler to "come to the table and make a deal."

This doesn’t necessarily indicate a shift on policy, however. Trump “has been at odds with Mr. Moon… about how to deal with the North, and he was eager to avoid any public demonstration of the split.” 

Some on the left actually think Trump’s “unscripted diplomacy” is risky: “The mixed messages don’t exactly foster trust from suspicions North Koreans who have their agenda of a nuclear-capable state… Trump should leave the diplomacy to the ones he campaigned against—his well-qualified staff of career diplomats at the State Department.”

From the RIGHT

The right is applauding Trump’s “speak softly and carry a big stick” approach.

“A little unpredictability from the United States putting North Korea back on its heels and China back on its heels might be a good thing. Better to have a little unpredictability [than] predictable erosion of our national interest, which is what we have had with regard to North Korea for a long time.”

Given China’s influence over North Korea, any deal will require its cooperation. With his less belligerent approach, “Trump is making China choose between a carrot and a stick… America has a very great interest in achieving a credible diplomatic deal with North Korea, but that will only happen if China fears its interests will suffer greatly in the absence of such a deal.”

In the end, Trump offered North Korea “a path towards a much better future.”

VA election

On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) won a decisive victory in the race for governor of Virginia, defeating his Republican rival, Ed Gillespie.

From the LEFT

The left is encouraged: “Voters delivered their first forceful rebuke of President Trump and his party on Tuesday night, with Democrats exploiting Mr. Trump’s deep unpopularity to capture the governorships in Virginia and New Jersey and make significant inroads into suburban communities that once favored the Republican Party.” 

“Virginia voters -- including some decent chunk of establishment GOPers -- jumped at the chance to send Trump a very clear message that they didn't like what he was selling.”

From the RIGHT

Some on the right are lamenting the results. “Tonight is about as bad as it can get for the GOP… Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration should feel slapped in the face.”

However, others suggest that it would be a mistake to blame the loss on Trump: “Swamp thing” Gillespie “was scarcely a MAGA candidate.”

Trump himself weighed in, claiming that Gillespie failed because he “did not embrace me or what I stand for.”

On the bright side... 

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