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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: December 26, 2016</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican Party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican Party takes over him.<br />\n So far the early legislative agenda of Republicans after the Trump revolution is shaping up to be what you would have expected prior to the Trump revolution. It&rsquo;s a cookie-cutter GOP program that any Republican who ran for president in the past 40 years would feel comfortable signing, with its prospective centerpiece being another round of across-the-board tax cuts.</p>\n<p> IT&rsquo;S NOT THAT Trump didn&rsquo;t campaign on all of this over the past year. His candidacy combined utterly conventional Republican positions with a few signature policy heterodoxies and a flame-throwing populist message. If it&rsquo;s comforting that he doesn&rsquo;t seem intent on waging war on his own party in Washington, the opposite risk is that he loses some of his political distinctiveness in the grinding legislative wars to come.<br />\n This is why the Democratic approach to Trump so far, besides being insane, is wrongheaded. The Democrats are preparing to fight what they consider a kleptocratic handmaiden of Vladimir Putin, an unprecedented threat to the American republic that justifies cockamamie schemes like calling for the Electoral College to ignore the results of the election.<br />\n There is no doubt that Trump is unlike any prior president. But Democrats will in all likelihood find their opposition to Trump running in a familiar rut &mdash; Republicans are heartless tools of corporations and the wealthy. They don&rsquo;t care if people lose their health insurance. They are cutting taxes for the rich. They are deregulating bankers. Etc., etc.<br />\n This is the critique that Hillary Clinton didn&rsquo;t make of Trump, opting instead to emphasize his outlandishness. In this vein, liberals are now resisting &ldquo;normalizing&rdquo; Trump, when they should be perfectly content to normalize him &mdash; specifically, to make him a normal Republican.</p>\n<p> IT&rsquo;S POSSIBLE to see the case already building. The candidate who issued thunderous jeremiads during the campaign against a globalized elite that had literally stolen from small-town America has assembled a Cabinet that by and large could have been put together by Ted Cruz, or for that matter, Mitt Romney.<br />\n Then there&rsquo;s the congressional agenda. The early indications are that Republicans will pass a partial repeal of Obamacare out of the gate that could further destabilize the law&rsquo;s rickety exchanges and lead to people losing their insurance.<br />\n Next, congressional Republicans want to move on to large-scale tax reform. The starting point will likely be House Speaker Paul Ryan&rsquo;s already well-developed plan for across-the-board income-tax cuts and a lower corporate tax rate. For all its merit, Ryan&rsquo;s reform could have been incubated by any conservative think tank before anyone imagined Trump might run for president, let alone win.<br />\n What&rsquo;s the point in having a populist Republican in the White House if congressional Republicans can&rsquo;t find a way to couple some replacement measures with their Obamacare repeal to give people other options for getting health insurance? Or if congressional Republicans can&rsquo;t make their tax plan more oriented toward the middle class, perhaps including a cut in payroll taxes?<br />\n All of this is subject to change, and Trump can potentially blow up the best-laid plans of congressional Republicans with one tweet. Of course, Trump will be heard from on infrastructure, trade and immigration, where he is in a different place than much of his party.<br />\n Neither wing of the GOP may like it, but the Reaganites and the populists are now in an uneasy alliance. It behooves the champions of a highly traditional Republican platform to think about what Trump&rsquo;s victory means and to be more mindful than in the past of the interests of working-class voters. And it behooves Trump the firebrand to consider the responsibilities of governing.</p>\n<p> THERE IS a balance to be struck. The Republican establishment may welcome a more &ldquo;normal&rdquo; Trump, but so, in the end, will Democrats.</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1575979096, expire = 1576065496, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:dbbc5e952f9a698e60a534cef68d155e' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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The conventional threat to Trump

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: December 26, 2016

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