He’s also just a horrible, horrible politician. By that I mean, he has absolutely zero political skills or instincts. He just has no grip on how politics gets done, either on the Hill or on Main Street. He is tone-deaf to a profound, stunning degree. He is, as the mayor of Las Vegas said, a “slow learner.” He has no sense of political strategy, of the zigs and zags that must go into a political act. He is blind to the meaning and function of the moves of his political opponents, including in his own party. He has no internal political context for understanding and processing the political chatter that is the political zeitgeist.
Shall I go on?
Yes, by all means, please do.
I was enjoying that too much for it to end.
You are right in that he doesn’t know how to work with other politicians. He has all these political goals, but then he has waited for Congress to write a bunch of bad bills. If he was truly the leader of his party he would get his staff to deliver bills to his congressional leadership and then twist arms to get the votes for passage.