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‘The Perils of Jacksonian Governance’

I wrote today for Politico about the echoes of the Peggy Eaton affair in the wiretapping furor:

Upon taking office, President Donald Trump dusted off a portrait of Andrew Jackson and hung it above his desk in the Oval Office. He chose better than he knew.

The most jaw-dropping furor of the early Trump administration — the Obama wiretapping allegation — was presaged in broad outline almost 200 years ago during Jackson’s presidency, which was also rocked by an unnecessary controversy driven by Jackson’s prickly sense of personal honor and volcanic temper.

Trump is Jacksonian not just in political sensibility but also in temperament, and that could ultimately determine the fate of his presidency.

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