Trump's pace is putting Democrats on their heels for now

Washington Examiner:
The Trump administration's frenetic pace right out of the gate has confounded Democrats and kept the national press on its toes.

"Incredible pace of activity in the Trump White House on week one," tweeted ABC News' chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl. "When have we seen a public sked as packed as yesterday's and today's?"

Entering his first full week in office, President Trump has issued executive orders clearing the way for the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, pushing for relief from the costs imposed by Obamacare, reinstating a ban on public funds for international organizations that perform or advocate for abortion, and freezing both new regulations and federal hiring.

Executive orders pertaining to immigration, especially the "extreme vetting" Trump promised would take place with migrants from selected countries deemed to pose a disproportionate terror risk, are expected to follow Wednesday. He's even reshaped how the White House deals with press, by calling on non-mainstream news outlets first at the daily briefing, leaving wires and major TV networks waiting their turn.

Things are moving very quickly. "It's important for Trump to throw a lot of balls in the air," said Republican strategist Ford O'Connell.

Trump formally pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Monday. More significantly, he started the ball rolling on re-negotiating NAFTA, a North American free trade pact that was conceived by Ronald Reagan, substantially negotiated by George H.W. Bush and has been in effect since Bill Clinton's administration.

"We are going to put a lot of people back to work," Trump said, according to the pool report. He met with labor union leaders (most of whom endorsed Hillary Clinton last year) and rank-and-file members (many of whom voted for Trump anyway) at the White House, eliciting effusive responses.

"It hit home for the people who have been hurting," Douglas McCarron, president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. Sean McGarvey, president of North American's Building Trades Unions, was later quoted as describing it as "by far the best meeting" he'd had in Washington.

These construction unions might be willing to make common cause with Trump on infrastructure spending. House Speaker Paul Ryan is set to carve out space in the budget for an "expansive" plan.
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The German tactics at the beginning or World War II was called "lightning warfare" of Blitzkrieg.  It overwhelmed adversaries before they could react at the kind of pace they were used to.

That appears to be happening with the Democrats right now, and in the process, Trump is peeling off important groups from the Democrat coalition like the unions.  He is peeling them off from not just the Democrats but also the radical environmentalist who have been killing their jobs.

Trump's education policy will also appeal to inner city minorities who have seen their kids languish in terrible schools run by Democrats.

He is doing all so quickly they are having trouble building opposition and using their allies in the media to kill reforms.

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  1. The German tactics at the beginning or World War II was called "lightning warfare" of Blitzkrieg. It overwhelmed adversaries before they could react at the kind of pace they were used to. -- and that's a GOOD thing???

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