Trump Mends Fences at CPAC, While DNC Elects New Leader in Tom Perez
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The past week was full of drama from the White House - from rescinding the Obama administration's transgender guidelines, to banning some media from a news briefing and returning to the Conservative Political Action Conference.
"He's, for the most part, doing what he said he would do during the campaign, and that surprises a lot people, but it doesn't surprise his base because that's what they were expecting, and certainly he's delivering for them," said Canisius College political science professor Kevin Hardwick.
He said while Trump's base may give him high marks, not everyone is on the same page.
"From the standpoint of other people, of course, it's been an exhausting if not scary week, another one. The banning of the press in particular from the press conference is kind of unparalleled, and it makes a lot of people wonder what he's doing and worry a little bit. I think he's made his point. He ought to back off a little bit now, perhaps," said Hardwick.
Hardwick also said his return to CPAC after skipping last year wasn't embraced by all.
"They liked some things. The nomination of Neal Gorsuch for instance, as Supreme Court Justice makes everybody in Republican land, everybody in conservative land happy. So that part they're thankful for, but there's a lot of the rest of it that they have some qualms about," said Hardwick.
On the other side of the aisle, the Democratic National Committee elected Buffalo native and former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez as its new chairman Saturday. Buffalo State political science professor Anthony Neal thinks the priority will be readying for the 2018 midterm election.
"Going back to what he knew in the Obama administration is a 50-state strategy. I think that is in the offing for the Democrats, not to concede in a territory to the Republicans," said Neal.
He says Perez will also have to bring Bernie Sanders supporters back into the fold.