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Krauthammer’s Take: Spicer ‘Got a Second Chance to Make a First Impression’

Charles Krauthammer thought that Sean Spicer did an excellent job in his second press conference, and offers hope that it may have made up for the awful first one:

It was a terrific day. It should have been Day One. We should erase the memories of Saturday. Look, Spicer got something unusual in life: He got a second chance to make a first impression. And he did very well. I think, to some extent, people will forget Saturday, unless he does it again.

The point about Saturday isn’t an obsession about numbers, it is about the fact that this is an issue utterly trivial. Everybody understood that it isn’t Spicer who decided to go storming into the briefing room — go into this rant where he got half the facts wrong — over numbers, and people kept scratching their heads, “Who cares?” The answer is: Trump cares. A week and a half ago, he tweeted out something about Schwarzenegger’s ratings on The Apprentice and how he really did so much better. It’s an obsession of his that is not seemly, it’s not attractive, it really hurt his cause Saturday. That was one day. That was sort of Day Minus-One, and now, he is off to a good start.

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