We can take that term “independent” in a couple of ways….. could be separate from the political process or he could be an outsider that will clean up DC.
First, draining the swamp…..made for an excellent campaign slogan but in reality DC runs off of a different game plan that that of a CEO…..to get an agenda moving through Congress he will need a couple of the old time alligators or without them he will be the most ineffective president that we have had in years….maybe even of all time.
His inner circle have people in it that do not like government at all…..they are there to blow it up so it can be remade….people like Bannon. The problem there is that it does not help any Trump agenda making its way through Congress.
If we are talking about him as a political independent then that is doomed to fail. Why?
The Dems will never work with him after all the attacks that he and his minions have leveled at them. He is busy alienating the GOPers also starting with a couple of Repub. Senators then onto the Senate majority leader, McConnell.
His stepped up attacks are falling on deaf ears for if he wants to move anything through the Senate then he will need McConnell……but not so much after the attacks….
President Trump isn’t ready to wrap up a new public feud with Mitch McConnell. The president’s first tweet of the day on Thursday called out the Senate majority leader, marking the second straight day he has done so. “Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done,” he wrote. “Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!” Hours later, he added another: “Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing. You can do it!” As the New York Times reports, this all started earlier in the week when McConnell—whose wife, Elaine Chao, is Trump’s transportation secretary—said that the president had “excessive expectations” about how fast legislation could be passed by Congress.
Trump called McConnell to complain about the remark Wednesday morning in what Fox News describes as a “tense” 10-minute conversation. A few hours after that, he tweeted, “Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don’t think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?” McConnell’s camp has downplayed the rift. At CNN, Chris Cillizza notes that White House social media chief Dan Scavino also criticized McConnell, and Cillizza doesn’t get the strategy. “From where I sit, this was a needless fight to pick that could have decidedly negative consequences” for Trump’s agenda. In particular, Trump will need McConnell for the two mentioned in his most recent tweet, tax reform and infrastructure spending, notes the Washington Post. One person who disagrees: Fox’s Sean Hannity, who tweeted that McConnell is “weak” and should retire.
If he wants to be independent of party politics then he is destined for a year of failures.
Unfortunately being an independent is a good thing in my book…..but not the way the Trump is going about it. There is a reason this country has been so successful in these 200+ years…..and alienating Congress is not the way to “move the country to greatness”.
Without a political coalition then he has nothing but slogans, threats and adverbs. He is looking at a long non-productive 4 years unless something changes.
I apologize for all the redundancy but it is necessary to emphasize the point…..to be truly “independent” is a lonely place in DC.