March is shaping up to be the most important month for the Republican Party in more than a decade
For the first time since 2006, the GOP controls the White House and Congress.
That power gives Republicans who thwarted much of President Obama’s second term the opportunity to fundamentally change federal policy and win legislative victories desired since the height of the Tea Party movement — if they can unify behind a common agenda.
The wish list begins with passing a budget, reforming the tax code and repealing and replacing ObamaCare.
All three issues are divisive, making the next six weeks key.
By the end of that intense run, it will be clear that the Trump agenda is moving along swiftly — or stuck in its tracks.
“The month of March is not a ‘do-or-die' moment, but it is the next closest thing,” says GOP strategist Ford O'Connell. “For the last eight years, Republicans operated as the chest-thumping opposition party, and now is their best chance to show the American people they can in fact govern on some very critical issues."
“If Republicans are successful, they will gain greater support among the electorate,” said O'Connell, the GOP strategist. But if they show themselves to be to be the 'gang that can't shoot straight', Democrats will hang it around their neck like an albatross and gleefully obstruct all the way to the 2018 ballot box.”