Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sarah Binder, Foreign Affairs: It is tempting to blame Trump's legislative failures on his lack of government experience, his indifference to the details of policy, and his tempestuous personality. But focusing only on personal characteristics misses the political and institutional dynamics at play. The two parties are deeply polarized, Republicans hold only a slim Senate majority, and Republican conferences in both chambers cannot agree on key issues. A more disciplined and popular president might have managed to bring Republicans together. But huge obstacles would still have remained. As it stands, Trump is heading into his second year in office with little to show in terms of legislative victories -- and few reasons to believe his agenda will fare any better in the future.

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In theory, Republicans on Capitol Hill, sensing a weakened president, could cut deals with the Democrats as both parties look ahead to the midterm elections in 2018. But so long as Trump remains popular with the GOP's base, Republicans' appetite for joining Democrats at the bargaining table will be limited. And time is running short: GOP incumbents could face primary threats with Trump supporters angry at their inability to deliver on Trump's promises.

Unified party control rarely lasts long in American politics. Republicans have a narrow window to deliver on the promises they made to both traditional GOP voters and die-hard Trump supporters. But to keep hold of Congress, they must also show a broader electorate that they can be trusted to govern. Slim, divided majorities notwithstanding, Republicans control all of government. If things go wrong, voters will know who to blame.

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Interesting to see the bias in this article.

"Republicans' appetite for joining Democrats" vs "Democrats' appetite for joining Republicans"...

The Dems are in the minority, they are the ones who should compromise.

But being the obstructionists that they are they will not do that.

#1 | Posted by sawdust at 2017-11-27 09:30 AM | Reply | Funny: 5

Riiight.
The Dems are in the minority and are able to "obstruct" the brilliant GOP agenda?
You must be joking.

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-11-27 10:07 AM | Reply

After the last 8 years of unprecedented obstructionism from the GOP it is hilarious that now they are crying over the Democrats being obstructionist.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-27 10:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

But being the obstructionists that they are they will not do that.

#1 | Posted by sawdust at 2017-11-27 09:30 AM | Reply

If you people would do anything other than fellate your donor class, perhaps it would be different.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-27 10:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

The Dems are in the minority, they are the ones who should compromise.

But being the obstructionists that they are they will not do that.

#1 | Posted by sawdust

Sometimes I really really hate that this site is moderated...

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-27 12:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

If you people would do anything other than fellate your donor class, perhaps it would be different.

What do YOU mean You People?

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-28 01:12 PM | Reply

"Trump is heading into his second year in office with little to show in terms of legislative victories -- and few reasons to believe his agenda will fare any better in the future."

Dont get cocky.

Repubs will pass tax cuts for the rich. It's their reason for existing.

They openly admit it's bribery, saying if they don't pass tax cuts for the rich, their rich donors will stop funding them.
They put their corruption out there for all to see, and half you idiots still vote for them.

But they'll pass these tax cuts because it's the only thing they really care about. Everything else - guns, religion, abortion, gays, immigration, everything - is just crap they PRETEND to care about to get chumps to vote them into office so they can achieve their real goal - tax cuts for the rich.

It's the reason fox news was created. It's the reason their liars are paid so well. This is the finish line of a 40 year process of getting into position to strike the country, and screw everyone except the rich and corporations.
There's no way they don't pass SOME kind of tax cuts for the rich.

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-28 07:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

But being the obstructionists that they are they will not do that.

Nonsense! What bills have the dems obstructed?

Dems haven't been given the opportunity to obstruct! Republicans in the House have enough votes to push through any bill they want. Whereas in the senate, McConnell has structured the votes so that republicans' slight majority is enough to pass any bill of consequence.

#8 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2017-11-29 05:55 AM | Reply

At the heart of Government paralysis is Trump's lying and ranting, which automatically obstructs the compromises necessary to move any legislation forward. Things would be worse if Trump were competent, because his agenda serves only the 1%. This after running a somewhat populist campaign based on job creation, immigration reform and an end to perpetual war. We are very lucky he is failing.

#9 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-29 07:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

We are very lucky he is failing.

#9 | Posted by bayviking at 2017

Amen. But not so lucky his appetite for meaningless, self-aggranidizing destruction is intact.

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-29 08:44 AM | Reply

#1 | Posted by sawdust

So how are things in Moscow these days?

#11 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-11-30 10:33 AM | Reply

The Dems are in the minority, they are the ones who should compromise.
But being the obstructionists that they are they will not do that.
#1 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

The irony is killing me.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-30 02:09 PM | Reply

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