Most observers of the American political discourse would probably agree that President Donald Trump is reshaping the Party of Lincoln in new and profound ways. Already, the president has dealt several stunning rebukes to the party’s establishment: from gatecrashing the Republican primary, to filling his administration with ‘Democrats’ Like Gary Cohn and Steve Mnuchin, to threatening the status quo of international trade.
But as Bloomberg points out, Trump’s push to foment a GOP revolution has come back to haunt him as his administration strains to pass what would be the first comprehensive tax-reform bill in 30 years. Trump had courted a rebellion – and now he’s got one. But instead of the party wholehearted embracing Trumpism, establishment Republicans like Bob Corker and Jeff Flake – both of whom have opted not to run again as they feud with the president – are positioning themselves as obstructionists of the Trump agenda.
And given the Republicans’ razor-thin majority in the senate, the two of them have nearly enough leverage to sink every major piece of legislation between now and the midterms. And in his surprise retirement speech, Flake promised to do everything he can to make Trump’s life hell. Meanwhile, Corker has accused Trump of pushing American to the brink of chaos.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 25, 2017.