The Corner

The Republican Disconnect?

An interesting dynamic to watch in the next year will be the interplay between Trump’s populism and the Republican party’s Reaganism, and which proves more popular. The answer may not be very pleasing to conservatives. It’s easy to see things like the Carrier deal, the jawboning of the likes of Boeing, and the saber-rattling against China on trade being quite popular, at the same time the truly big things happening in Washington aren’t, such as Obamacare “repeal” without a replacement, a deficit-increasing traditional Republican “tax cut for the rich,” and even — although this is much less likely — Medicare reform. Trump may find his political capital depleting rapidly in the cause of passing conventional Republican legislation that isn’t as important to him as his populist calling cards.



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