Ben Domenech at the Federalist was back yesterday elaborating on his excellent thesis that Trump has pivoted to the Democrats because the congressional leadership is just as feckless as Obama was as president.
We ought not be surprised. Trump has been signaling he would do so (it’s a link to the WaPo, so just know it is a fake story overall, but notes the Trump admin said as far back as March, they might work with Dems if Republicans cannot pass legislation. The rest of the story is pure WaPo slop).
The problem with McConnell and Ryan is not that they are insufficiently ideological. It’s that they represent a party to which the president of their party (technically) does not belong, a theory of government that he explicitly ran against. There is no mandate for the “Better Way” agenda. There is no mandate for McConnell’s agenda – whatever that is. There is a mandate for something like Trump’s agenda – or big pieces of it. And he’s flexible about which pieces.
Congressional leadership thinks if they and Trump disagree, clearly Trump should give way and follow their lead. But why? He beat them, and they couldn’t beat him. The party didn’t go for any of the other candidates because they wanted him. Yet since his inauguration congressional Republicans have acted like they have an equal seat at the table. They don’t have that, and they don’t deserve it. And Trump should stop pretending they do.
It is more likely that Trump peels off the remainder of the Democrat base, making them Republicans. Trump will pivot in hopes he can get the Congressional leadership to play ball. If they don’t, then they will have to explain come 2018 why they are still unable to do anything.
Our friend Ben Domenech writes that Trump has made a shift to working with the Democrat Party because the Republicans are intransigent. This may be the case. But in the recent deal–disaster relief for debt ceiling–Trump has actually done very little. This may be a deal to get a better deal.
Congressional Republicans should wake up. Deal with Trump or face an electorate who wonders why you matter.
It was perhaps only a matter of time, Julius Krein appeared in the new York Times…again…to declare he is so disappointed in Trump that he had to now pull his support from Trump, and regret his vote for Trump.
How easy a thing to do. It is frankly a quick way out to cut and run at the first hint of a problem. Of course, Julius Krein was a part of the now defunct Journal of American Greatness, and the website abruptly folded when the heat got too hot, making up an excuse that it was all a joke. While we do not know if he was a part of that retreat or the cause of it, it does make one suspicious to the point that this now seems like a pattern.
Krein breathlessly proclaims that,
Far from making America great again, Mr. Trump has betrayed the foundations of our common citizenship. And his actions are jeopardizing any prospect of enacting an agenda that might restore the promise of American life.
It’s no longer early. Not only has the president failed to make the course corrections necessary to save his administration, but his increasingly appalling conduct will continue to repel anyone who might once have been inclined to work with him.
From the very start of his run, one of the most serious charges against Mr. Trump was that he panders to racists. Many of his supporters, myself included, managed to convince ourselves that his more outrageous comments — such as the Judge Gonzalo Curiel controversy or his initial hesitance to disavow David Duke’s endorsement — were merely Bidenesque gaffes committed during the heat of a campaign.
Oh, so Krein means Trump is a racist? Apparently so, and the fact he keeps doing the wrong thing on this score, means he has proved his “harshest critics” right. And just who are those critics? The Left, the Media, and #NeverTrumpers, of which now Krein has decided to throw in his lot. Perhaps, this is the joke he wrote about when he fled from JAG?
Krein’s argument is weak, and imprudent, because, it seems that now he believes an Hillary Clinton presidency would have been better. That makes his decision foolish.
Both sides were violent in Charlottesville, but Trump was right about describing the violence in general. The media, on the other hand, is covering up for a leftist violence that seems to be aligned with the Democrat Party. The only difference between the groups is which identity they identify with.
Charlottesville looms large, but this is one of the most statesman-like speeches of Trump: