I’d say Donny is in a bit of a pickle.
President Donald Trump tweeted Friday about the “ridiculous standard” by which he will be judged on his accomplishments during his first 100 days in office.
His 100 days will be up Friday. Which means everybody – even historians – will be staring at him. But friends, what could Ginger Augustus possibly have to brag about? He’s got no iron Muslim ban. He’s got no towering wall. He’s got no triple-A affordable Trumpcare. I can’t find a piece of legislation anyone can point to and cry out “Donald Trump!”
“This man is without experience, and it’s showing,” said Robert Dallek, the presidential historian and author of multiple books on presidents, from Roosevelt and Truman to Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan. “Particularly in his dealings with Congress, he’s been an utter failure in the sense that he’s gotten nothing passed. He’s issuing all sorts of executive orders, like immigration limits; they’re failing. The attempt to get health care reform failed. I’d give him failing marks for his 100 days.”
But – eep – wait. There are still a few days left. There might be – maybe – time enough to re-vamp the country’s whole health system.
Just in the last couple of days, the White House was raising stakes for another health care bill with talk of a potential deal between moderates and conservatives. Trump’s team wants another vote this upcoming week (while a government shutdown looms Friday).
He’s got 120 hours. That should be time enough to throw a trillion dollars at the rich and tens of millions of people off their insurance. Before his fellow Republicans pull the plug on the government, that is. HEY you haven’t heard the Chief talk much about that, have you? Being the CEO of a dead letter office? As of Saturday? Heck maybe he could use a break.
Meantime, experienced congressional leaders were trying to tamp that kind of talk down. Expectations-setting is a big part of success in politics, but that doesn’t seem to matter to Trump who appears to think the bigger the expectation, the better.
He even added this wrinkle Friday: “We’ll be having a big announcement on Wednesday having to do with tax reform,” Trump said, vowing to release his tax reform plan ahead of the artifice of the 100-day mark. “The process has begun long ago, but it really formally begins on Wednesday.”
Oh, I forgot – he’ll be re-writing the federal tax code. Yuppers, might as well take a swing at that while you’re on a roll. Keep an eye out for that, folks, that’ll be Wednesday. That’ll be in between raiding the Deep State pantry for supplies and building an ark.
[100 days] was part of his stump speech in the final week of the campaign — he asked his crowds in Minnesota, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and elsewhere to “imagine what we can accomplish in the first 100 days of a Trump administration.”
I’m betting John Q. Public will actually remember Donny talking about his glorious first few months. Because Johnny was standing right there in front of him, at one of those endless rallies, when ‘100 days!’ made its unfortunate way past his slurving lips. Now what?