Since his first day in office, the GOP establishment has worked against President Donald Trump. But, beyond complaining on Twitter, the president has done little to fight back.
Of course the bully pulpit of the Oval Office isn’t strong enough to have given Trump the power to rearrange the entire GOP in the short time he’s been in office. But the president’s immense popularity with Republican voters throughout the nation ought to become his weapon of choice in the months ahead.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a recent speech that the president has unrealistic expectations for congressional performance.
“Now our new president has of course not been in this line of work before. And I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process,” he said.
“And so, part of the reason I think people feel like we’re underperforming is because too many artificial deadlines unrelated to the reality and the complexity of legislature may not have been fully understood,” he added.
That is ridiculous.
And Trump and conservative voters all over the nation know McConnell’s statements don’t make any sense.
“Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don’t think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?” the president tweeted Wednesday.
The reason the GOP establishment isn’t getting done what it promised on Obamacare is extremely simple; they realize there is going to be political fallout attached to any legitimate repeal.
The calculus of conservative policy is the same as it’s always been. Shrinking government and services it provides always causes some degree of populist pain in the beginning. The pain doesn’t last because the market fills gaps left behind in time– and it does it better the than the government ever could.
But the initial pain, right now, isn’t something the GOP establishment wants to think about as they look toward 2018 midterm elections. This foot dragging is going to continue.
If Trump wants to stop it, he has the tools he needs. The president ought to immediately assemble a committee to identify every GOP lawmaker up for midterm re-election who isn’t ready to fully repeal Obamacare right away and a candidate who is to endorse against the incumbent.
That’s swamp draining.
If McConnell claims the president’s expectations are “unreasonable,” Trump isn’t going to prove him wrong on Twitter. His best be for proving the GOP establishment wrong is finding replacement that live up to his, and conservative America’s, expectations.
The Trump White House is playing with the idea of backing challengers to GOP Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Dean Heller (Nev.) in 2018. But there’s no real indication that the administration will follow through on the threat. And Trump’s endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange, the GOP establishment’s boy, in the Alabama Senate special election currently underway provides plenty of reason to believe it won’t.
Let’s hope things change.
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