Trump fails to redraw politics’ battle lines

Now that Donald Trump has signed the COVID-19 relief bill, resolving the crisis he instigated by denouncing it as a “disgrace” and insisting it be expanded to include much larger payouts to individuals, it’s possible to assess just how the battle lines of partisan combat in Washington have shifted since the waning days of the Obama administration.

The answer is: hardly at all.

Ever since Trump defied expectations in 2016 by winning his party’s nomination with a highly unorthodox message, a wide range of prognosticators, along with some of the party’s elected officials, have suggested that the Republican future involves transforming the GOP into a “workers party.”


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