The President Is a Lost Cause, but the Presidency Isn’t

At the annual winter dinner of the Gridiron, an organization of journalists founded in 1885, there is only one toast, and it’s to the president. For some members and guests, this now poses a quandary. As we raised our glasses, the Gridiron member I sat next to offered the ideal solution. “To the presidency,” he said. That came to mind as some people prepared to bid good riddance to the State of the Union speech and the crass platform for partisan politics that it’s become. Speaker Pelosi had refused to allow President Trump to give his speech in the House she leads until the government is opened.