Confederates often said during the War that Nathan Bedford Forrest’s commission as general was signed by Jefferson Davis and the Lord God Almighty. A semi-literate slave trader with no training as a soldier, Forrest was the outstanding commander of Confederate cavalry during the War. Union General William Tecumseh Sherman once said of Forrest, after one of his damaging raids against Union supply lines,“That devil Forrest must be hunted down and killed if it costs ten thousand lives and bankrupts the federal treasury.” After the War Sherman proclaimed that Forrest was the most remarkable man produced by the War. Untaught genius, brought foward by events, is an awesome thing to witness.
In Trump we have a completely untaught political genius. Schumer and Pelosi, two lifelong politicians with decades of experience, were left sputtering after going through the Trump buzzsaw. His comment to Pelosi, saying their negotiations about the Wall should go on before the cameras in the interests of transparency was brilliant. As faithful readers of this blog know, I have quite a few problems with Trump, but when it comes to political acumen, his often buffoonish public persona conceals a politician who can throw away the rule book and prevail against the odds. He seems to get better when his back is against the wall. Pass the popcorn as we watch the next two years unfold.