Trump's news conference yesterday was an impressive performance. What struck me was at the very beginning, before he begins to address the reporters, his kitchen cabinet -- Bannon, Kushner, Pence, Priebus -- files in to their seats in the front row, and they look isolated, forlorn, like suspects in a police lineup. Clearly there is a war going on. It's Trump against the permanent government.
What Trump has going for him is that he is an accomplished pitch man. But his greatest asset is the loathing that the majority feels towards the media and the governing elite. Trump can lie and cajole and play off the elites for a long, potentially very long, time.