He's not only sided with the president on this. Thank you. Any consequences from this, or are we just going to forget about it and move on to the next thing in a few weeks? Shields and Brooks celebrate a lifetime in American politics Major corporate funding for the PBS NewsHour is provided by BNSF, Consumer Cellular, Leidos, Babbel, and Raymond James. Jonathan Capehart, the Washington Post columnist and MSNBC anchor, is joining PBS NewsHour as a regular contributor and will succeed Mark Shields as part of the Friday evening political commentary segments with David Brooks. That doesn't seem like a winning argument to me. Copy failed. I think it would be a very wise idea to give people who make under $60,000 those $2,000 checks. © 1996 - 2021 NewsHour Productions LLC. And while there is a capacity to come together through the desire to spend money — that's what Congress is really good at doing — it's not really good at getting a lot of other things done. Where does — where does the Republican Party head and the American people, still divided over what happened? Jonathan Capehart, the Washington Post columnist and MSNBC anchor, is joining PBS NewsHour as a regular contributor and will succeed Mark Shields as … I mean, if anything, if there is a word to describe president-elect Joe Biden, it is empathetic. I think, if those programs went out to red America, they would see that Joe Biden is not the doom of America, which they have — a lot of people have convinced themselves he is, but there's actually someone who can help you. I do think there are more of those coalitions to be had. But what do you — what are you taking away from it? So, I see way fewer possibilities there. And it's in every speech, it's in every comment, it's in every — it'll be in every policy. Well, the polls have ticked up for both Democrats. PBS NewsHour. Are there consequences for that? PBS NewsHour is one of the most trusted news programs in television and online. Thank you for being here. And speaking of — one of you mentioned Josh Hawley. Please check your inbox to confirm. Posted each Friday by 9 p.m., the Shields and Brooks podcast includes the full audio of every on-air segment. So, I guess we're going to have it. I think it's got a lot of things a lot of Republicans can support, a lot of things Joe Manchin of West Virginia can support. So, David, it was just two Wednesdays ago that there was the attack on the Capitol. We would have had a lot of damage and tragedy and economic distress, but not on the scale that we are having, with a better government. Go ahead. Yes, I wish I could come up with something good, but this was a year we sort of lost faith in ourselves. It airs seven nights a week and is known for its in-depth coverage of issues and current events. New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including President Trump’s historic impeachment, the fallout from the Capitol insurrection and President-elect Biden’s economic relief plan. But I actually take away two things from 2020. Responsive iFrame Copy Copied! And so I think they were right to impeach. They can do both. He just wants to stop it in his tracks. One is a more hopeful vision of the pandemic lessons, which is that good government, responsible leadership, capable management could have worked. I mean, de Tocqueville said, Americans may be individualistic, but they can act as what he called the social body, when, in a crisis, they can come together and really solve a problem. And now, for the final Friday analysis of the Trump presidency, we turn to Brooks and Capehart. Sure. That's New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus. And I remain a Biden optimist, a Biden optimist in terms of how much he can actually get done. And have that come from the number one leader within — elected leader within the Republican Party, which, right now — correct me if I'm wrong, David — is still Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on down. Now we're going back to our usual corners, because I am a sort of "glasses three-quarters empty and not one-quarter full" person when it comes to the capacity of President Biden to get things through this Senate, certainly if Mitch McConnell and Republicans retain control of the Senate. Somehow, race, extreme nationalism, Christian nationalism, it's all — economic anxieties — it's all become fused into one poisonous fiber. I have to say, emotionally, I feel, somehow, weirdly, that impeaching the president of the United States is still emotionally overshadowed by the events that happened on January 6 and by the turmoil that has been set off within families, within churches ever since. I think one of the ways to remarry reality to a lot of the folks within the Republican Party is to have leaders within the Republican Party who start talking truth again, who start talking about what's really happening, doing away with the theater of outrage and all of that, but dealing with, OK, this is what the problems are, here's where we are as a country, and here is our solution, as a Republican Party, as conservatives, and have that argument based on — based in fact. I think Mitch McConnell and John Thune, who we saw earlier in the program, are essentially right. I agree with David. Shields and Brooks on politics in science, Biden's messaging. PBS NewsHour. We were failed by our institutions, including the CDC and the FDA, big time. And I'm afraid the trial will do that. And, instead, we see the spectacle that is continuing and is going to continue through next week on January 6, when Congress assembles. What are your sources, what's your reporting telling you? So, there may be consequences, I guess, from Donald Trump as he continues to thunder. Mitch McConnell says no. It's just not a good use of federal funds. So, David, finally, is it a good thing for Joe Biden to begin his presidency, back to impeachment, with an impeachment trial in the Senate competing for attention and for time and everything, for that matter? David Brooks: Well, our "NewsHour" friend Mike Gerson wrote George W. Bush's inaugural speech in 2001, and that was a bitterly divided election, if you remember 2000. And I'd love to know what's in the head of normal, rational Republicans like John Thune, who we keep mentioning. All Rights Reserved. We are reeling from it now. Like, what's going on in that guy's head as he sees Hawley do this? John Hagee, a very Trumpy pastor in Texas, said, that was not patriotism. We were — failed each other. And so I think McConnell's mostly right on the merits. Too often, during the four long years of the Trump presidency, Republican lawmakers, especially in the Senate, have been able to avoid taking a stand on some of the outrageous things that he's doing. Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, PBS NewsHour PBS NewsHour. New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty join Amna Nawaz to discuss the week in politics, including a … And so what you're seeing — and a lot of people who have — who have made these comments against the marches, against Trump have received vicious backlashes. But I think that Mitch McConnell has a point about the — and others — about the size of the checks, along with David and Larry Summers. We thank you both on this New Year's Day for joining us. And I never can permanently believe that America is a nation in decline, sliding, but it was certainly a year where decline seemed to be very much in the air. Clip: 08/28/2020 | 12m | Video has closed captioning. And yet he's pretending that something is true that he has to know is not true because it plays to his base. PBS NewsHour. And I choose the COVID relief bill. So, David, where do we go from here? Please check your inbox to confirm. But government can perform better than our government performed for us. It's bad news for the future in the way that I was talking about earlier, in terms of just erasing norms of behavior and allowing just dangerous arguments to go forward. He felt — he felt their pain. And Mike said: I looked back on that speech, and it seems so naive now. I think it'd be a bad thing to have to trial in the Senate. Larry Summers, the — Barack Obama and Bill Clinton's economist, says there's some danger of overheating the economy if we do that. And so we sort of let each other down. Let's start, David, by looking back at — I'm sorry — at 2020 and lessons learned. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Amna Nawaz to discuss the week in politics, including whether reparations can be a viable campaign issue, social media in politics, the president’s rhetoric on moving immigrants to sanctuary cities, a shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security and the congressional testimony of Attorney General … David Brooks and Jonathan Capehart on Trump and the military. We could have, with a better president, who had assembled a better administration, and had taken this more seriously from the start, and had not failed at almost every step along the way — the one bright spot is the vaccine development, but now we're botching the rollout of it. But Mike went back and looked at that speech this week, and he said, I — we could still count on an underlying unity to the country, and we could appeal to that in the inauguration. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/brooks-and-marcus-on-american-politics-in-2020-and-its-impact-on-democracy, WATCH: In a first, Congress overrides Trump veto of defense bill, 2020 was a year of loss. Watch Full Length. It's got a child tax — care tax credit. And so I remain much more hopeful about the legislative process next year than maybe most. I mean, what — I'm thinking, I'm wondering, what is it that Joe Biden is inheriting here as he steps into the presidency next Wednesday? I think it was the one thing — the one big attribute that he had that was his calling card in this election, that he was someone who, when he spoke and people looked at him, they felt in their bones that he felt in their bones whatever issue that was hurting them. And, most notably, the person who was carrying that Confederate Flag in the U.S. Capitol, the Confederate Flag, a traitorous flag, that person, thankfully, has been arrested. Copy failed. New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Judy Woodruff to discuss the year in politics, including the failure of institutions, the long-awaited COVID relief bill, Georgia’s Senate runoffs, and the frailty of Democracy. Subscribe to ‘Here's the Deal,’ our politics newsletter. Not a lot of joy on this New Year's Day, but we are really, really glad to see both of you. And these are — this has to be done physically, not just with words. Hello to both of you on this Friday evening. And what about you, Ruth? Shields, a syndicated columnist, and New York Times columnist David Brooks have been doing the regular Friday discussion segments since 2001, … In his final regular appearance on the NewsHour, we celebrate Mark Shields and his storied career in journalism and politics. Clip: 09/18/2020 | 12m 19s | Video has closed captioning. They're not going to listen, they're not going to attach to reality until they feel that somebody cares and sees and hears them. I mean, how much difference do you believe Joe Biden can make as president in what we face as a country? But there are certain issues where you can get pretty bipartisan support. NEW YORK — Add Garth Brooks to the lineup of entertainers at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. And, so far, within the Republican Party, that has just gone like that. Clip: 11/13/2020 | 11m 59s | Video has closed captioning. He wrote a very fine book on Alexander Hamilton. And so we have to choose, in my view. Learn more about Friends of the NewsHour. Is a trial necessary? https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/brooks-and-capehart-on-trumps-impeachment-and-bidens-relief-plan, American Reckoning – A PBS NewsHour Special Report, After failed insurrection, an unprecedented show of force in the nation’s capital, Biden unveils $1.9 trillion plan to address crises on multiple fronts. But the first thing Joe Biden needs to do is, he needs to show physically, materially, he cares about people who think they — he despises them. Jonathan, what about that? You had a lot of people, the majority of people in the white evangelical church, saying, this is not what — how did this happen? That was true before Donald Trump came on the scene, and it remains true after he leaves. He sort of passed that up and went for sort of a populist-in-language, corporate-in-talk presidency — or corporate in action. There are serious conversations that need to be had within the Republican Party and also within — among people, as David was talking about, who are conservative and who support the Republican Party and support their candidates and their leaders. Check out lesson plans under “additional resources” below. And you found some people really doubling down on Trump, saying it was all Antifa, et cetera, et cetera. The Susan Collinses and others of the world notwithstanding, this is a body and a political system, more broadly, that rewards obstructionism, and through the primary process is only going to reward obstructionism. It is necessary, for what I said — the reason I said before, because of the message it would send to someone who might try what President Trump did in the future. Please try again. So, David, I'm going to give you the last word, unless you leave time for Jonathan again. The part that, for me, is unsettling is the lessons on democracy. 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