The debacle of last weekend already has the political establishment claiming not only that Obamacare reform is dead, but so is Trump's agenda.
This is false.
President Trump moves at his own pace and in his own time. He cares not a whit for what the usual beltway commentators think about his policies.
In this respect he is reminiscent of Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant.
Prior to Grant taking command of the Union war effort, the Army of the Potomac followed a familiar (and demoralizing) pattern. They would spend months preparing for an offensive, advance against Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, receive a sharp check on the battlefield, and withdraw in defeat.
This pattern repeated itself year after bloody year, from the summer of 1861 to the spring of 1864, when Grant took command.
Grant's initial offensive was a disaster. Lee's Confederates struck Grant's forces in the Wilderness, delivering a sharp rebuke. Grant's secondary offensives also failed.
But Grant didn't withdraw and lick his wounds, as his predecessors did. He forged ahead, hammering Lee's army and marching resolutely to the rebel capital. Despite being hampered by incompetent political subordinates who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at every turn, Grant never relented. His army stalled outside of Petersburg, but it held the Confederacy in a death grip.
With Lee locked in an enervating embrace, the stage was set for William Tecumseh Sherman to deliver the coup de grace to the Confederacy and win the war.
I'm not the first person to see the similarity, I admit. But this isn't about a single campaign, it's about a mentality. Donald Trump understands that defeat is a state of mind. He doesn't give a damn what the media says.
Trump is barely two months into his presidency. He's been stalled on the Obamacare front, but his offensive continues elsewhere. Like Grant, Trump knows that he's only whipped when he admits he's whipped.
That is something The Donald just doesn't do.