What Trump can teach Democrats about chutzpah

Enough with the small-bore technocratic schemes

Donald Trump will make any deal he likes.
(Image credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Another day, another planned atrocity coming from President Trump and congressional Republicans. On Sunday, one of the president's top advisers, Kellyanne Conway, revealed new details about the administration's plans for Medicaid — most explosively that they might change it into a state block grant. It's a terrible idea — one that will slowly destroy Medicaid as we know it. It's also an incredibly unpopular one that will cause an immediate humanitarian disaster; Trump never campaigned on this, and many of his voters who trusted him to help them out with health care are in for a rude awakening. However, if nothing else, it also demonstrates that with some careful planning and a lot of chutzpah, a dedicated minority can impose their will on the nation.

Democrats and American leftists should take note.

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Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at TheWeek.com. His work has appeared in the Washington Monthly, The New Republic, and the Washington Post.