The right-wing populism group, that President Trump has been built upon and has supported, has finally got the big break they have been hoping for. On Wednesday Trump decided to side with democrats on the decision to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government until December, and was essentially sticking it Speaker Paul Ryan and the rest of the RINOs.
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) September 6, 2017
Since Trump is the populist-in-chief, any way he can detract from the not-so-conservative GOP establishment, is a win for himself and the party he represents.
According to the Daily Beast, a White House insiders believes the President was looking to offend the Republicans on Capitol Hill:
“For all his famed negotiating skills, Trump emerged from the meeting having handed Democrats a legislative triumph. But according to sources close to Trump, the president was more than willing to cut the deal because he has grown tired, if not resentful, of Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.
Multiple West Wing sources told The Daily Beast how the president was looking to strike a quick and easy deal—and that his speed reaching this specific arrangement was in part ensured by his resentment towards Republican leaders, who Trump views as hostile, insufficiently loyal, and impotent. It was well-known within the White House that President Trump, going into the meeting, was ‘not looking to do [Ryan and McConnell] any favors,’ as one White House official put it.”
The Washington Post reports that Some of the House conservatives, however, were not as pleased with Trump as Lou Dobbs seems to be:
“Dealmaking to what end?” asked Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), the rare Freedom Caucuser who routinely criticizes Trump. “Does it advance or pull away from the bias that you believe in terms of what direction the government ought to go? I think all of us as taxpayers need to be very skeptical of deals for the sake of deals.”…
There is no sign that Trump’s Wednesday concession marks a broader legislative pivot. But the legislative reality for the GOP’s hard right is brutal: Every Democratic entreaty the president accepts erodes the conservative bloc’s power, which is rooted in its ability to push Republican-only initiatives — like this year’s health-care effort and the coming tax overhaul effort — further to the right…
“It’s unsettling,” said Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee. “I know it is for us as a conference; I can only imagine what it is for leadership.”
Trump’s cooperation on Wednesday with democrats can be a bit of ominous foreshadowing of how the rest of his presidency may continue. If Trump is willing to stand with democrats, that means it will be a lot harder for conservatives to have leverage in the debt-ceiling fight.
This coming together of Trump and democrats, however, makes sense if Trump is going to get some of his nationalist goals, like massive infrastructure spending, to be accomplished during his presidency.
If Trump were to take over his own agenda, instead of considering the agenda of all conservatives in the House, then they will loose the little power they have in the House. Hot Air lays the situation out well when they say:
“The signal sent by [Wednesday’s] presidential surrender, taking the debt ceiling off the table and endorsing the Schumer/Pelosi timetable for bringing it back, is that the White House can govern without conservatives on many matters if need be.”
Democrats will never truly side with Trump; he has burned too many bridges to try and cross over to that land any time soon. He may loose a few republican supporters in the process, but democrat opinion of him will soften and then he will get praise from people whose opinions he values.
What will most likely come out of this agreement for the time being with the President and democrats is this:
“The likely scenario is that the two sides dig in on their demands for a few weeks beforehand and then Schumer and Pelosi begin pushing a clean debt-ceiling hike as the only responsible solution to the crisis, with Trump under intense pressure as the deadline approaches to agree. There’s really no scenario in which conservatives score some major fiscal win, for the simple reason that most of the public simply will not support a technical default by the U.S. Treasury in the name of shrinking government and Schumer and Pelosi know it. Republicans will be blamed if Treasury hits the ceiling, particularly since they control the entire government right now.”
In the end it looks like the President is participating in another brinkmanship that will eventually not lead to any significant big-picture fiscal win.