I like what David Brooks wrote in the NY Times on Friday:
The core Republican problem is this: The Republicans can’t run policy-making from the White House because they have a marketing guy in charge of the factory. But they can’t run policy from Capitol Hill because it’s visionless and internally divided. So the Republicans have the politics driving the substance, not the other way around. The new elite is worse than the old elite — and certainly more vapid.
Well put! A president who is nothing more than a salesman is of no help in governing because he does not care what he is selling. In fact, there is no evidence that he even knows what was in Ryan’s plan. And Capitol Hill has nothing to contribute because, after all these years, they are still engaged in the preliminary work of seeking cohesion in their party.
It is amazing that the Republicans have had all these years since Hillary tried to reform healthcare in the mid-90s, yet they are just now getting started on creating a Republican plan. I cannot imagine any possible kind of excuse for such gross irresponsibility.
Clearly, the election of a new Swamp Master has been of no value for the Republicans. And if he is not good for the Republicans, how much worse is he for Americans as a whole?