December 12, 2016

ESTABLISHMENTARIANISM:

Forget populism -- Trump's picking orthodox Republicans (Doyle McManus, 12/12/16, LA Times)

[I]f you watch what Trump does, not what he says -- which at this point, mostly means the choices he makes for Cabinet positions -- he doesn't look unusual at all.

In Trump's picks for economic and domestic policymaking jobs, there's a consistent underlying thread. And no, it's not that so many of them are billionaires.

It's Republican orthodoxy. Trump's choices have all been thoroughgoing conservatives who believe in the free market, deregulation and, wherever possible, privatization of government functions.

Most of them could have been nominated by any GOP nominee, including Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio.

There's nary a populist among them - not even the conservative kind.

"Conservatives are happy," Scott Reed, a political advisor to the business-establishment U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told me. "It's a mainstream conservative list of very competent people."

Republicans holding on to Congress was the key to a Trump presidency.
Posted by at December 12, 2016 6:16 AM

  

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