Dana Ferguson finds Dakotafest attendees clinging to the “Let Trump do his job” narrative to excuse their support for the incompetent racist in the White House. Trump again this morning blames Democrats for obstruction.
However, Senator John Thune drops by the Brown County Fair and says the real problem may be that Trump is keeping himself and Congress from doing their job:
There’s plenty of work to do in Washington, and Thune said he hopes Trump can focus on that and limit the social media distractions.
“There are a lot of things we need to fix in the economy right now. We still need to get health care resolved, we need to reform the tax code, we need an infrastructure bill. We have to stay focused on that agenda. I think that he unfortunately seems to create like a virtual news cycle with his tweets and sometimes in ways that I think do create distractions, and it makes it harder for him to stay focused on the things he wants to get done. He ran on jobs and economy, and he’s got a huge opening there to do good things, and he has done some good things, but he needs to do a lot more and it’s going to require a level of focus. For us to as a Congress to able to work with him is important in that it gets us sort of distracted too when the president gets off the tracks” [Shannon Marvel, “Thune Denounces Hate Groups, Continues to Back Trump,” Aberdeen American News, 2017.08.18].
That’s not quite Senator Bob Corker’s indictment of Trump’s stability and competence, but Thune hits a nugget of truth here: Trump is scratching his itch for attention by spending more time on Twitter than on security and policy briefings. Trump thus drags his staff and his Congressional leaders into unforced controversy that distracts from practical governance.
However, neither the media nor the Democrats can stop Trump, Thune, and their majority party from enacting their agenda. No one has to “let Trump do his job”—he’s got the job. Since we’re a Republic Not A Democracy™, Trump needs no further permission from us to do that job. When Republicans hold the House, the Senate, and the Oval Office, the only people they have to blame for a failure to get things done are themselves.