So recent discussions here have got me thinking about just how many little factions there are on the right at the moment. I actually don't see the same thing on the left. I see centrists and progressives over there. Here's my breakdown:
You have the Neo-cons like Lindsey Graham and John McCain.
Libertarian types like Rand Paul and Mike Lee.
"Moderates" like Reince Preibus and Paul Ryan. They are actually more in line with the neo-cons come to think about it.
And the Nationalists like Trump and Bannon.
Remember all of the "never trumpers" are still out there. They just fell in line because Trump is now the president. And polls showed that they did actually end up voting for him. That was one of the main factors in the election I think that gets ignored, the high percentage of Republicans who "came home". Right now, there are rumors that there is an internal power struggle between Reince Preibus and his crew of "moderates" and Bannon's "National populism". All this and Trump was a registered Democrat up until September of 2009! Can you believe that?
So the question is, who prevails? Where does congress draw the line, and where or when does Trump compromise. The great thing about executive orders is that they are relatively weak though. Trump can't rule from his desk, he needs congress's help. What he does on foreign policy though is anyone's guess. So far, bad.
I actually have faith in my more libertarian senators like Rand Paul and Mike Lee that they won't vote based solely on party lines. But other than that? No faith.
I have a feeling that this Trump presidency will usher in and cement a National populist wing in the republican party for a long time.