by Greg Krehbiel on 6 February 2017
Trump is not going to be bound by Washington conventions. He’s going to do and say things that are completely unacceptable to the DC establishment. Like criticizing a judge that disagrees with him. (As Obama famously criticized the Supreme Court in a State of the Union message, by the way.)
Good for Trump. And good for us.
I don’t like Trump’s blustery style, but … then again, it’s about time somebody shook things up a bit. These gentleman’s agreements and expectations very well might be a big part of the problem with Washington. The entrenched, arrogant power. The back room deals.
(Along these lines, there are suggestions that the White House correspondent’s dinner will not happen this year. And … why should it?)
But the new nastiness is going to cut both ways. The Democrats aren’t going to play nice in the minority. Once you break the truce, it’s hard to know what the other side will do.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Gorsuch doesn’t get a single Democratic vote, and the Republicans will have to go nuclear to get him confirmed. Fine.
2017-02-06 » Greg Krehbiel