Why President Trump has been very good for liberals

For the first time ever, half of Americans say they believe in climate change and that they are very concerned about it, according to Gallup. Thanks, Trump. Climate change is merely the latest issue on which the American people have moved appreciably and significantly to the left in the Trump […] Read more »

Trump Doesn’t Have A Mandate For Paul Ryan’s Agenda

There were so many reasons for the failure of the Republicans’ health care bill — and its failure was so spectacular — that it’s hard to tell which ones mattered most. … But the variety of unforced errors by Ryan, Trump and other Republicans obscures other, more fundamental problems with […] Read more »

G.O.P., Once Unified Against Obama, Struggles for Consensus Under Trump

Whenever a major conservative plan in Washington has collapsed, blame has usually been fairly easy to pin on the Republican hard-liners who insist on purity over practicality. But as Republicans sifted through the detritus of their failed effort to replace the Affordable Care Act, they were finding fault almost everywhere […] Read more »

The Two Cracks In The Republican Party

Donald Trump promised to come to Washington and get government working again. But the stunning failure of President Trump and Paul Ryan’s first legislative priority, the American Health Care Act, reveals that he underestimated a unique fracture of the modern Republican Party. Yes, moderate and very conservative Republicans were against […] Read more »

With his presidency off course, what will Trump learn from the health-care debacle?

Sixty-five days do not ultimately define a presidency, especially the first 65 of a new president’s first term. That’s as true for President Trump as for other presidents who suffered early setbacks. But without some serious stocktaking inside the White House after the failed effort to replace the Affordable Care […] Read more »

Why Wasn’t Obamacare Repealed? The Answer Is the Party, Not the President

… While it’s certainly true that both the president and the speaker made mistakes in handling the health care issue, it’s inaccurate to portray the demise of the AHCA as primarily a consequence of individual failures of leadership or strategy. … The real obstacle to the passage of health care […] Read more »

Trump Becomes Ensnared in Fiery G.O.P. Civil War

President Trump ignites a lot of fights, but the biggest defeat in his short time in the White House was the result of a long-running Republican civil war that had already humbled a generation of party leaders before him. A precedent-flouting president who believes that Washington’s usual rules and consequences […] Read more »