Politico reports the breaking news that House Republicans will vote Thursday on Trumpcare — a "move [that] shows that GOP leaders are confident they have the 216 votes needed to pass the bill, even as the far-right and centrist Republicans continue to press for changes." ("Shows" — or maybe just suggests?)
Far righters met with Trump at the White House this morning, and if I overheard a following MSNBC report correctly, they agreed, under presidential pressure, to vote for the bill (presumably, as is). If true, then so much for Politico's earlier story that "the Freedom Caucus … has clearly found a sympathetic ear in Trump’s right-hand man Bannon, who wants conservatives to be included in the legislative process instead of twisting their arms to vote yes."
It seems David Brooks has called it correctly: "[Bannon's] governing philosophy is being completely gutted by the mice around him. He seems to have a big influence on Trump speeches but zero influence on recent Trump policies…. Bannonesque populism is being abandoned."
As to why, Brooks offers several possibilities. The last one appears the most likely: "Donald Trump doesn’t really care about domestic policy; he mostly cares about testosterone."