“Trump had hoped for a swift and easy win on health care this week. Instead he got a delay and a return to the negotiating table — the latest reminder of the limits of his power to shape outcomes at the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue,” – The Washington Post.
“History suggests that presidents who have governed successfully have been both revered and feared. But Republican fixtures in Washington are beginning to conclude that Trump may be neither, despite his mix of bravado, threats and efforts to schmooze with GOP lawmakers.”
“Nothing instills fear on Capitol Hill like success, and all this White House has been able to do is one failure after another,” said Chris Whipple, author of ‘The Gatekeepers.‘ “There are just zero points on the board so far. Who’s going to be afraid of that?”
“One senior Republican close to both the White House and many senators called Trump and his political operation ‘a paper tiger,’ noting how many GOP lawmakers feel free ‘to go their own way.'”