The Democrats expected to win in November. Their whole world was built around that reality. That is true most of all within the administrative state. Besides Hillary Clinton, the folks that populate the bureaucracy have been most stunned by Donald Trump’s win.
Democrats are slow walking the confirmation hearings purposefully. The various arms of the government believed that a Hillary win would mean governing as before, following the old rules and ways. When that didn’t happen, all sorts of nefarious plans will be side-lined or halted.
What to do?
The bureaucrats know that the old ways are passing. They never expected this to be their reality. They had ideas for the way the United States would function. They had designs for the future.
Nothing is turning out the way they’d hoped, and they’re not too happy about it.
One thing this transition has demonstrated is just how dangerous, power-mad, and all-powerful the administrative state has become. It seems an impossible task to cut it back and bring the Leviathan to heel.
At CPAC today, Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, in a show of unity, talked about implementing the Trump agenda and making quick changes.
May they find success in the “deconstruction of the administrative state,” as Steve Bannon says.
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