Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones'

Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones'
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says inviting Russia to G7 'a question of common sense' Pentagon chief does not support invoking Insurrection Act Dershowitz: Does President Trump have power to declare martial law? MORE is a sober Robert Baratheon.

Baratheon was a notorious drunk in first season of “Games of Thrones,” back when the show was great again, unlike the Donald, who doesn’t touch the stuff.

Good King Robert ended the Targaryen Dynasty by leading a rebellion with his good friend Ned Stark, and his rule was full of jousting tournaments and big banquets.

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Yeats said, “the best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

Donald Trump is like King Robert, neither the best nor the worst. They fall somewhere in the middle, unlike Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. 

Snow lacked all conviction about Dany until she burned King’s Landing to a crisp. And by then, it was too late. 

Our president is passionate about some things. He wants to build a great wall, of course, but as we found in “Game of Thrones,” walls sometimes fall down. 

He has enough sense about him, though, to bring some perspective to those full of passionate intensity, like John BoltonJohn BoltonHave the courage to recognize Taiwan McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan Trump company lawyer warned Michael Cohen not to write 'tell-all' book: report MORE.

War with Iran would be unwise. Good for Trump for pouring some cold water on that idea.

The president is also trying to bring some common sense to the abortion debate. Hey guys, when you ban abortions, even in the cases of rape, incest and life of the mother, you lose the vast majority of the American public. Good for Trump for mentioning that, rather pointedly.

Trump is clearly trying to position himself in the firm middle of public opinion. He thinks it’s great that Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE of South Bend, Ind., has a husband, he supports his daughter’s efforts on paid family leave, he wants to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure, he wants peace with North Korea, he wants China to stop ripping us off.    

I am looking forward to the jousting tournament on the National Mall on Independence Day.

The president might say some mighty extreme things on Twitter, but he is no extremist. 

Like just about any long-running television show, the early seasons of “Game of Thrones” were the best, mostly because the characters were so much impressive. Aside from King Robert, you had Tywin Lannister, Ned Stark and Jeor Mormont. They all seemed so much older, more seasoned, deeper. 

As the years progressed, the stars become younger, shallower, less well-developed, more immature. 

The president and the top two contenders in the Democratic primary — former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Majority 'sympathetic' to protesters, disapprove of Trump's response In a year like no other, we'll hold the election of our lifetime The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen MORE and Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins DC primary Biden wins Montana primary Biden wins New Mexico primary MORE (I) — all come from roughly the same generation. They are baby boomers, older if not wiser. They are interesting in ways that the younger pretenders to the throne — Mayor Pete, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker, California Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Calls for police reform sparks divisions in Congress Harris: Trump 'just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op' MORE  — are not. 

The fight for the Democratic nomination has all the elements of a good “Game of Thrones” episode. There is backbiting, of course, but also front-biting. 

Biden is the front-runner, based mostly on his high name ID, his long tenure as the Hand to Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPelosi, holding a Bible, urges Trump to help the country heal Do you harbor racist thoughts? On The Trail: Trump didn't create these crises, but they are getting worse MORE, and support among the African American base of the Democratic Party. White millennials are notably uninterested in Uncle Joe, given that he is close to a half-century older than them and good deal more moderate. 

Generationally, Massachusetts Sen., Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Biden wins DC primary Warren asks Pentagon IG to probe military role in Trump's protest response MORE is more with Joe Biden, but emotionally, she breathes the fire of Dany’s dragon Drogon. She is more than willing to burn down the establishment and the capitalist system in order to achieve a better, more equitable society.

Her ideological soulmate, Sanders, has all the charm of the High Sparrow, the character in Seasons 5 and 6 who preached unrelenting religious fundamentalism. 

Cersei dispatched the preacher, much like Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump, Biden battle to shape opinion on scenes of unrest Sessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines The Memo: Trump lags in polls as crises press MORE dispatched the Vermont senator in the 2016 Democratic primary, with a combination of trickery and brute force. 

Can Sanders win where the High Sparrow lost, by mobilizing his most passionate base while expanding it to include the few pragmatic voters left in the Democratic coalition? 

Or will the Democrats go for somebody new, like a Mayor Pete or a Beto or a Kamala? 

It’s a whole new season. I like Robert Baratheon’s chances in this version of Game of Thrones.

Feehery is a partner at EFB Advocacy and blogs at www.thefeeherytheory.com. He served as spokesman to former Speaker Dennis HastertJohn (Dennis) Dennis HastertFeehery: The link between China, the riots and the coronavirus shutdown Feehery: Masks, masking and Montmartre Feehery: Fighting the government's harmful overreaction to COVID-19 MORE (R-Ill.), as communications director to former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) when he was majority whip and as a speechwriter to former House Minority Leader Bob Michel (R-Ill.).