For the Trump supporters out there, congratulations.
Now, if I may, I’d like to ask you a favor. It is a relatively small favor, I swear.
Very early on in this campaign, I remarked on a friend’s Facebook wall that I did not understand how she (a lifelong committed ostensibly ideological, religious conservative) could support a man whose public pronouncements were not recognizable as a conservative except on three fronts: reducing illegal immigration, reducing regulation, and lowering taxes (not to mention his public behavior, which was not particularly religious, a litmus test that she’d relied upon before.)
We never really resolved that conversation.
I’ve seen that played out since then as well. Trump says something outrageous, the more liberal members of my social media circle go bananas, and Trump supporters say, “Oh, he didn’t really mean *that*.”
It’s not really clear to me what Trump supporters think Trump is going to do, except in the amorphous sense of change things that they don’t like and thus make things better. Since Trump largely avoided detailed policy conversations and his followers did not demand that he provide them, I’m not really certain what constitutes “success”, in their minds, about a Trump Presidency. I’m reasonably confident that I understood what the Bernie Sanders supporters wanted; the reason I was not particularly gung ho about his candidacy is that I didn’t see how any of those things were political possible in the landscape that I expected to see as a result of the November 2016 election.
Well, I certainly didn’t expect to see this result, either.
Now you’ve got what you wanted, Trump supporters. Actually, much more than you wanted.
You have a soon-to-be-sworn-in President, a majority in the House of Representatives, and a majority in the Senate.
The U.S. political hat-trick.
So if you could, can you list the top ten things that you expect out of a Trump Presidency? There are at the moment no structural barriers between your candidate and implementing policy, no removable ones anyway. The GOP-majority Senate can toss out the filibuster and you can get your ideal Supreme Court candidate, you can get your Obamacare repeal and replacement, NAFTA torn up, etc.
So what’s your list?
If you’re unwilling to share in the comments, write it out and put it on the refrigerator for review in 2018, at the mid-term elections.
Now, because I believe that Trump is actually a snake-oil salesman, I’ll offer my $0.02.
There is one thing on that is probably on your list that I’m reasonably certain will happen within the first half of Trump’s term: federal income rates will be lowered across the board, primarily benefiting the upper tax brackets in, and taxes on capital will probably likewise go down. If it’s not on your list, add it to your list with the asterisk that this is Pat’s one prognostication.
I have no other predictions to make about this guy, except that I don’t really think you are going to get a majority of the things you listed.
Now in 2018, come back to this post and tell us, the mystified non-Trump supporters, how well he scored on your card.