Let’s face it. No one really knows what’s going to happen this year. The president and his aides pride themselves on misdirection and unpredictability, even as they are firmly committed to a populist and nationalist agenda. Many Republicans in DC are uncomfortable with parts of this agenda – as well as his style – but they are happy to have a White House willing to push ahead on their top priorities like increased spending on defense, tax cuts and an Obamacare repeal.
But, before everyone starts putting odds on what gets passed and what doesn’t in 2017, it’s important to look at the fundamental challenges Republicans face in pursuing any sort of legislative agenda. CONT.
Amy Walter, Cook Political Report