Barack Obama made clear in his final news conference as president that he was ready to intervene if his successor went too far.
It took 10 days.
It’s a big deal. And you sense the best way to use these interventions would be sparingly. To maintain their impact. Is this too soon?
There is a school of thought that thinks Trump is starting at a whirlwind pace to draw out his opposition’s big guns and make everyone weary of protest.
I tend to think that is to credit his strategic skills too highly. I think this weekend is the result of a cackhanded roll-out. The sort of thing that happens when a team with little political experience, headed by a populist who relies on instinct, tries to do big politics.
Cock-up rather than conspiracy.
Either way it will be a wild ride.