With firebrand Steve Bannon gone and his buddy Stephen Miller under the thumb of John Kelly?
Donald Trump has had to slow his roll….
Added to that is the realization that Trump HAS TO work WITH his parties conservative wing to get anything done….
And what do you get?
You get a typical Conservative guy in the nations White House…
Whatever middle to left leanings that Donald Trump displayed before he got his new job (or even that slip out from time to time) have been erased….
The same guy who ran against the Republican Establishment now lies in bed with them…..They are one….
If they squint hard enough, Republicans looking at President Trump can almost see George W. Bush.
Government spending and the debt are soaring, provoking grumblings about fiscal recklessness. Taxes were slashed at the expense of balanced budgets. Thousands of additional troops have been deployed into war zones half a world away. And with the exception of some highly specific tariffs, international trade remains free and unfettered.
For all the ways Mr. Trump has defied and flouted the norms of his office, many policies that he has approved are downright ordinary by the standards of modern Republican administrations. It is a far cry from the mold-shattering approach he talked about before he became president, insisting he would punish China for “ripping us off,” pull out of Afghanistan because “we waste billions there” and slash the debt because it was “bad for the country.”
Many Republicans say that what has unfolded so far is not the Trump administration they were expecting.
“The biggest metaphor for this is that in Trump World, Steve Bannon is a smoldering ruin while the president has a good working relationship with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan,” said Rich Lowry, editor of National Review. “A year ago, I think very few people would have thought that.”….