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There’re two ways for a President to pass his bills: One is old-fashioned back-room arm-twisting, cajoling, and deal-making. Presidents like Lyndon Johnson have been masters of that art but, oddly, Donald Trump isn’t.   

The other path is the bully pulpit: A President explains his ideas, convinces voters he’s right and, after he does, it’s a rare Senator or Congressman who’ll vote against a popular bill.

President Trump’s use of Social Media is unmatched but attacking Jeff Sessions on Twitter doesn’t make Trump’s ideas popular – he hasn’t mastered the art of the bully pulpit either.  

It’s a hard fact there’s no avoiding: Trump has to master one path or the other. Otherwise, the cupboard of bills passed will be bare.


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