The year ended on a high note for Trump and Republicans – the passage and signing of the tax reform bill. As stated in my year-end post, I think that it will have a very positive impact on the economy.

The year is starting, by contrast, with a blizzard of noise.

The Bannon v. Trump feud, fueled by a book of supposed dirt about Trump’s administration in which Bannon dumps on Trump, is a sideshow. Whether Bannon survives at Breitbart is another sideshow, but it’s consuming a lot of media (both conservative and liberal) pixels. Trump, of course, gave the noise energy by having a lawyer send cease and desist letters to Bannon and the book publisher.

At the end, Trump will emerge victorious in the War of the Bannon and will survive the book — if over a year of lunatic accusations by the largest media entities did not bring Trump down, neither will Bannon or some book. If anything, Trump will emerge stronger.

Additionally, the media is back to its noise machine pushing theories that Trump is mentally unfit. The legal quacks are giving oxygen to #TheResistance’s delusion on the 25th Amendment.

The NY Times is back to creating innuendo with yet another breathless bombshell that actually contains close to zero news and in the end comes close to admitting the article and speculation about obstruction based on lawful actions Trump took is nonsense. The article title is quite exciting, Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep Grip on Russia Investigation, but the punchline is a dud, for anyone who cares to read deep into the article (which few will do):

But the experts are divided about whether the accumulated evidence is enough for Mr. Mueller to bring an obstruction case. They said it could be difficult to prove that the president, who has broad authority over the executive branch, including the hiring and firing of officials, had corrupt intentions when he took actions like ousting the F.B.I. director. Some experts said the case would be stronger if there was evidence that the president had told witnesses to lie under oath.

We’re back to the media cycle of a Trump “bombshell” every 2-3 days to create a permanent crisis news effect.

Trump needs to just keep plowing through this noise blizzard, and so do Republicans. Undo more of the Obama legacy. Push through more judicial and non-judicial nominees. Peel back more regulations. Keep the economy moving and growing. And reward our international friends.

Of course Trump will fight with and punch back at critics. It’s his nature. But it’s all noise. Someone once said, it’s the economy, stupid. There was truth to that.