He and the Republican congress have, to their credit, spent a good bit of time repealing last minute regulations from the Obama administration. But what else?
They have not repealed Obamacare. Their plan does not even repeal Obamacare. They have not fixed the tax code and seem to be scaling back optimism. The congressional GOP has pronounced a very solid Presidential budget dead on arrival, but offered no alternative.
Are we tired of winning yet?
A lot of Republicans are trying to make Paul Ryan the fall guy, but the Speaker of the House can only do so much when the White House provides neither rudder nor leader. Likewise, the Speaker is balancing a fractured House Republican conference with many members scared they are about to lose in a midterm election shaping up to be a referendum on the President.
On the Senate side, McConnell and the GOP hide behind the legislative filibuster as an excuse to get anything done. But if the filibuster went away tomorrow, do we really think anything would change? Of course not. Obamacare would still be the law of the land and no sound budget would be passed.
In fact, the one major legislative initiative the President has gotten right so far is presenting a solid budgetary framework. The congressional GOP, not the Democrats, scuttled it the moment it was off the printers. But on every other issue, the President has shown little leadership and the GOP in Congress has shown very little of the entrepreneurial spirit they campaign on.
For all the talk of Never Trumpers just bashing the President, the reality is we would love to help advance a conservative agenda. The White House is consumed in perpetual crisis mostly through the self-inflicted wounds of the President and his staff. Public policy and ideas are suffereing. It’d be nice to have State of the Union President Trump instead of Twitter President Trump. The former led and had great ideas. The latter is just a distraction.
Where are the big ideas? No where.
Where is the winning? I’m just not sure.
But the suckage is all over Washington.