That was then.
Now everyone knows such was the naive boast of a rookie. The defeat of TrumpCare proved out that Inside the Beltway runs its own game. The winners and new stars are members of the House Freedom Caucus. Here is one account from Politico.
On the news, the president made the statement that his administration will "move on" from that development and onto tax reform. This time that boast only elicited eye-rolls.
Among the analysts of the rules of the game inside the beltway had been journalist Hedrick Smith. His late 1980s book "The Power Game" remains a classic guide to how to get, keep and grow power. That's the currency of D.C.
And currently, Trumpism appears penniless.
The question on everyone's minds is if the president and his advisors have the temperament to learn, comply with and become adept at playing in this context which is so new to most of them.
Meanwhile, the night of the long knives has begun. No SNL skit could make the Trumpettes appear as out of touch with D.C. - and reality - as has this Trumpcare setback.
The liberals in the legal community got the signal that they can take on the president. It has been clear to many of them that he allegedly crossed the line to illegal activities. That will be obvious in the tone of much of legal media on Monday. The irony is that if Neil Gorsuch is confirmed to fill Antonin Scalia's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, the newest member might be assessing Trump's fate.
As for the experts on power, the attention has shifted to the strategy and tactics of the House Freedom Caucus. Unless the Trumpettes can make fast progress on the learning curve, they will be an entity that everyone else in the power game operates around.
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