It’s almost always best to go for the jugular when you try to convince someone to go along with a plan.
That’s exactly what happened last week, when Republicans who had opposed the GOP health-care plan for years and who had long opposed Trump, including Trump himself, signed on to support the plan.
But they didn’t have to.
The GOP’s leadership, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was on board, as were a few of the party’s most vocal conservatives.
Trump, for his part, made clear his desire to be “neutral” on the issue, which was never a given.
Trump’s willingness to compromise, even when it meant letting his base down, was an essential component of what makes him a political and political leader, and an essential part of what he did well during the 2016 campaign.
And while Trump has been less forthcoming on the subject since his inauguration, that hasn’t stopped his allies from trying to get him to go in the other direction.
And they’re working hard to keep Trump from doing so.
The key for Trump, as he prepares to take over the White House, is to find a way to make himself appear as moderate as possible, to reassure his base and make his supporters feel that they have a choice about how they think the country should go forward.
Trump is a master of political theater.
He has mastered the art of the media bait-and-switch.
And his ability to create the impression that he has no desire to make any major changes in his party’s health-policy proposals is a skill that can be used against him.
In doing so, Trump has proven himself to be an effective, effective negotiator.
But if he wants to be president, he needs to be able to tell voters what his plans are and to convince them that those plans are the right ones.
He needs to convince conservatives that his plan is what he says it is.
In a way, he has already done that, and his allies are working hard now to convince him to do it again.
But there’s still a long way to go before that happens.
This article was originally published by National Review.