President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrive at a pre-Inaugural "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

There Is the Trump White House and There Is the Trump Administration

Something hit me the other day during an interview with a reporter. For all the queasiness and problems I have with Donald Trump’s antics, and the seeming unending chaos in the White House, separating the Trump White House from the Trump Administration paints a picture conservative can be happy with policy wise.

The Department of Education has rolled back Obama era aggressiveness on bathrooms and transgendered students, returning to an era of common sense. The IRS is not going to go after people who do not fill out the insurance section on their tax returns, thereby minimizing people punished under Obamacare. The Secretaries of State, Defense, and Homeland Security are reassuring allies and providing stability and order to their various departments.

Neil Gorsuch is on track to be on the Supreme Court. Liberals are suddenly remembering that states do matter and are using states to challenge Washington in ways we should applaud even if we do not agree. Liberal parents are suddenly exploring alternatives to public education, which is a good thing.

Congress is repealing Obama era regulations, and the agencies are stopping and rolling back Obama era excesses at the FCC and elsewhere. Liberal activists embedded within the EPA now have a head of the EPA who can and will constrain their worst excesses.

The Trump Administration is making headway that conservatives should applaud and can appreciate. Even scaling back or scrapping the ridiculous boondoggle that is the F-35 program is worthwhile.

Separate all that from the White House, and we have the makings of a successful conservative administration. The problem, of course, is that we can’t. It is all overshadowed by the President who has the potential to be a millstone around the neck of the conservative movement and Republican Party if he and they are not careful. He could do to the GOP what Obama did to the Democrats and see the party wiped out around the nation.

The leakers inside and outside the White House do nothing but perpetuate stories of chaos. They are not helping the President nor his administration, which increasingly seems like the point of the leaks. But outside the White House, into the various departments and agencies, there is stability, good governance, and a rollback of the excesses of the last eight years. That is a good thing but is also something the left abhors and which the media will either ignore or paint in a bad light.

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