ON THE RIGHT
With the clock ticking before Congress leaves for the year, fall is the time to tackle big-ticket items like tax reform and trade. That these items are still on the docket telegraphs the longstanding divisions among Republicans—spanning politics, policy, and personality—despite controlling both chambers.
Enter Donald Trump. Single-party rule means business should be getting done. Republicans have had success enacting into law more legislation than in President Obama’s first months, including passing the VA reform bill and, not insignificantly, confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
But the GOP promised big things, and the president promised big beautiful things. And big things cannot happen if Republicans let internal divisions get in the way of enacting a legislative agenda.
Will Trump push Republicans to pass bold agenda items, or will tweets and controversies remain constant distractions? The answer will determine Republican legislative victories this fall—and electoral victories next.