In Trump’s picks for economic and domestic policymaking jobs, there’s a consistent underlying thread. Most of them could have been nominated by any GOP nominee. There’s nary a populist among them — not even the conservative kind.
At this point in their presidencies, Reagan and Clinton were mired in scandals, and George W. Bush was presiding over the beginning of a financial crash. So, Obama’s doing pretty well by recent historical standards. Nevertheless, most Americans don’t seem impressed. What’s gone wrong?