While former White House aide, Steve Bannon, might have been let go by President Trump, he promised that this just freed him up to be more aggressive on the President’s behalf. He has accused House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell of trying to nullify the President’s election. That is just the beginning of the story. Read on, please.
As Written By Allahpundit for Hot Air:
Well, yes, although when you peel the flashy overstatement from what Bannon says, all he’s doing is acknowledging the familiar ideological split within the GOP. You have a populist base represented by a mostly conservative caucus in Congress and a president whose instincts trend strongly nationalist on some matters (e.g., trade) but not so strongly on others. That’s a recipe for a lot of unhappiness on all fronts. What Bannon’s getting at here with the “nullify” language is a party conundrum: Should Ryan and McConnell dutifully carry out Trump’s agenda or should they press their own and seek accommodation somehow with the White House? During the Obama years, it was commonplace on the right to hear that Congress owes the president nothing. They’re an independent branch whose members are responsible for representing the interests of local, not national, constituencies. Does that logic also apply during the Trump years? Ryan and McConnell got elected and reelected many times preaching free trade. By demanding that they throw that overboard and line up with Trump, Bannon’s trying to “nullify” their elections as much as they’re trying to nullify POTUS’s. This problem, of identifying what precisely the GOP’s “mandate” is, will drag on until the midterms at least and maybe for Trump’s entire term.
A question in the meantime: If Ryan and McConnell should be dancing to Trump’s tune rather than vice versa, why the hell does Trump keep farming out policy initiatives to Congress instead of taking the lead on them? Bannon’s complaining that he doesn’t like the music but it’s ………
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