They apparently put quite a lot of stock into this belief, because they appear stunned to realize that it isn’t coming true. President Trump came to Washington ready to work. He’s not just governing in a manner consistent with his campaign message; he’s running the country like the 2020 election will be held in March. At this rate, he’ll have satisfied all of his commitments to supporters by the end of the year. Maybe he’s planning to wrap this up and relax for the remainder of his presidency.
When you put it like that, it sounds funny. After all, what else would you expect? But we can’t really blame Democrats for being surprised. After all, this is not the way it works in Washington. You go out on the trail and you promise the world and you get the votes and you…proceed to do something entirely different once you’re in office. Sure, maybe you throw a bone or two to your base, but the voters are conditioned not to expect too much. They’ll give you a break. It’s just the way things are.
Well, times are changing. Trump is forging a new path and he’s building a new template for the U.S. presidency. He will face roadblocks. He will not succeed in every endeavor. But he will try – and that already makes him a unique breed of politician.
They are right to be panicking. The old order is no more.