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Presidential report card.

February 15, 2017

The President’s first 100 days are roughly one-quarter complete. What do his supporters think of how it has gone so far?

It’s a mixed bag. Most people are happy that he got right to work using executive orders to counteract former President Obama’s executive orders.

They are less enthusiastic about other results. His more impatient supporters seem ready to blame their guy for not making everything he promised happen right away.

That’s particularly true concerning Obamacare.  While they understand that the President can’t issue a decree to end it, they feel that he could be doing more to make it happen.

They point out that repealing it wouldn’t have to mean an instantaneous end to it.  They wonder why Congress couldn’t pass something that would have it all going away by a certain date, even if that date was two years down the road.

They feel that would put the onus on Republicans to stop playing politics with getting a replacement plan and law on the books.

Brought up often is the claim by the establishment GOP that they had a finished plan to replace the ACA. That’s obviously not the case, and that includes the plan they sent to the Obama White House that included the defunding of Planned Parenthood, which they knew going in was going to be a poison pill.

They also think he is getting played by Congress, with both sides of the aisle playing stall ball, if not worse.

For instance, in the wake of General Flynn’s departure not everyone is convinced the infamous leaks are all coming from the left. They note that here are several people on the GOP opposition side who become apoplectic at the very idea that Russia had any influence on the election, much less that the President might seek to work with them on any level whatsoever.

Those observers say watch to see who comes out on top of the Priebus-Bannon-Conway conflict.

There are others, notably the “anybody but Hillary” voters, who feel the President might want to rethink his strategy of having the people closest to him in a constant state of conflict with each other.

They note that there seem to be enough external threats without wasting time on boardroom style infighting more suited to the script of an original cable fictional program.

That’s not to say that everyone finds fault with their pick.

Most say that given the nearly unprecedented open revolt by what they call socialists, anarchists and Democrats, he might be pushing as hard as he dares this early without actually starting a second Civil War, not that many of them seem to care if that happens.

All this carping about results to date sort of misses the point that none of the things that most concern the Trump supporters were created overnight, and they won’t all be undone overnight either.

As far as General Flynn is concerned, while his departure is optically important, it isn’t unique.

Every administration shuffles people at the beginning. Former President Obama lost Tom Daschle (D), Sen. Judd Gregg (R) and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) before he could even get them as far as the nomination phase.

With that in mind, the general consensus among Trump supporters seems to settle out at a B-minus for execution and an A for effort.

In fact, given that the President still doesn’t even have his full Cabinet in place, it might even be smart to just give him an extension until he is in a position to actually play the game with a complete deck.

From → op-ed

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