This is what I immediately thought when I heard about the new tariffs on aluminum and steel:
one person close to WH tells me that PA-18 is on the president's mind as he thinks through tariffs. He's being told that his base in places like western PA wants to see more on trade, person said
— Robert Costa (@costareports) March 1, 2018
The special election there is very close — 2 or 3 points in recent polls in a district with a +11 R Cook PVI (which means that typically a Republican wins a Congressional race by 22 points). (I’m not raising money for it anymore because the Democratic candidate opposes gun control. I understand that’s a necessary position for this district and I hope he wins nevertheless.)
My guess is Trump goes nuts on the trade war to try to shore up his position with some blue collar workers and that the entire GOP apparatus decides they’ve always hated free trade.