Paul Waldman, writing in the Washington Post, makes some cogent points.
An unpopular president.
An unpopular program.
Republicans call it a ‘mandate.’
"As Donald Trump prepares to take the presidential oath on Jan. 20, less than half of Americans are confident in his ability to handle an international crisis (46%), to use military force wisely (47%) or to prevent major scandals in his administration (44%). At least seven in 10 Americans were confident in Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in these areas before they took office."