Trump's loss in getting his healthcare "reforms" through has opened up a can of worms that will eat through his presidency. Trump is not a conventional anything, that is just what has brought him to the White House. He was not a conventional businessman, not a conventional husband or father, he was not a conventional TV show host and he was undoubtedly the most unconventional campaigner ever!! This has put him at odds with everything because the civilized society differs from primitive ones because of one simple factor - CONVENTIONS!! He has been in fight with almost every major social group - Women, LGBTQ, Mexicans, Latinos, Liberals and yes, even with conservatives. One such group that has been in stauch opposition of Donald Trump is the Washington crowd - the insiders. For them, if Trump does a good job what is stopping their constituents to elect the most successful mattress king as their next representative to the capital? Businessmen have always been looked upon by the politicians as donors and beggars. Trump just changed that. He was the darling of both the Dems as well as conservatives when he was just a donor. Now, he is the biggest threat to them in the last 200 odd years. The health bill, not withstanding its merits or demrits, was doomed from the beginning because the Washington Insiders could not afford for it to get passed. Trump cannot and will not have any major victories in his term till he gets a purchase from the "Career Politicians". Pence was supposed to be his trump card in doing this but he is clearly failing. So, in a way this is more a loss for Pence than it is for Trump. Even CNN, which never has a good thing to say about Trump, acknowledged the same in very understated a manner. CNN Wrote:
Only time will tell how much he will achieve but for right now, Trump's choice of Pence does not seem to be working out.
As the White House grasps for a bounce back strategy, his team must take another look at one of the most important questions that Trump faced when he took power, one lent more urgency by his humiliation over health care. They must consider whether his brand as an outsider -- with broad strokes politics that exacerbates grievances, has little time for dissenters and is anchored around his imposing, unpredictable personality -- can actually prosper in Washington. Ironically, it was the same forces of inertia and division in the capital that soured Trump's voters on the political establishment and helped elevate him to power that combined to defeat him in his first legislative venture. For once, the outsiders out-lobby the establishment "I think what happened is that Washington won," said Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney, in a frank moment Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I think the one thing we learned this week is that Washington was a lot more broken than President Trump thought that it was," said Mulvaney, adding "the status quo wins and, unfortunately, the folks back home lost."