The first year or so of a new administration is typically when a president’s ability to move major legislation is at its apex. After that, the president has to worry about midterm elections, which more often than not go against the president’s party, making it more difficult to get anything done before having to worry about reelection.
Even Obama, who entered office with a sky-high 68 percent approval rating and massive majorities in Congress, had to struggle to pass his domestic agenda, and failed to sign any major legislation into law after Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2010.
A President Trump or President Clinton will enter office facing united opposition from the other party, and with low enough poll numbers to make members of their own parties in competitive states and Congressional districts feel comfortable defying them.
This failure to deliver any results will likely only harden Americans’ fundamental distrust of whoever ends up winning this November.