How the GOP Prompted the Decay of Political Norms

President Trump’s approach to governance is unlike that of his recent predecessors, but it is also not without antecedents. The groundwork for some of this dysfunction was laid in the decades before Trump’s emergence as a political figure. Nowhere is that more true than in the disappearance of the norms […] Read more »

Trump’s Turn To Democrats Poses Fresh Challenge To His Loyal Base

… Last week, faced with one natural disaster festering in Texas and another impending in Florida, Trump used a storm relief bill to save Congress from a fiscal disaster of its own making. Moreover, he did it by shunning his own party’s leaders in the House and Senate and cutting […] Read more »

Muted backlash to Trump’s bipartisanship signals warning for GOP

… The old rules of GOP politics held that any Republican who stepped out of line to seek compromise with Democrats risked immediate attack for ideological heresy, or worse, squishiness and weakness. But Trump’s call for a “much stronger coming together” with Democrats last week earned him little direct public […] Read more »

A Republican Party at war with itself hits the wall on health care

By any measure, the collapse of the Senate health-care bill represents an epic failure for the Republican Party and a major embarrassment for President Trump. The crusade that animated — and bound — conservatives for seven years proved to be a mirage, an objective without a solution. Power comes with […] Read more »

Should Republicans Even Want The Senate Health Care Bill To Pass?

We don’t know if the Republican health care bill will pass the Senate. It’s struggling right now, but remember that the House’s health care bill seemed dead too, before it was revived and approved. One question we have a better chance of answering is whether the elected officials directly involved […] Read more »

Fox News Poll: 27% favor Senate GOP health care plan, as vote gets delayed

By two-to-one, American voters oppose the Senate health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act — even as a majority wants to repeal at least some of the existing law. That’s according to the latest Fox News Poll, conducted Sunday through Tuesday evenings. CONT. Dana Blanton, Fox News Read more »

Why are Republicans getting so little done? Because their agenda is deeply unpopular.

Every new president tries to claim a mandate for his agenda, that because he won the election that means the public supports everything he wants to do. But ask yourself this: Is there anything — anything — on the agenda of the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress that […] Read more »

What’s Less Popular Than Donald Trump? Pretty Much Everything Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell Are Doing.

For all the extensive legal jeopardy Donald Trump already faces in his very young presidency, it is striking that the greatest source of political jeopardy for both him and his party is not his possible Nixon-esque crimes but his Paul Ryan–esque health-care plan. … To think of Trump’s scandals and […] Read more »