White House aides mulling how they can attract House Dems on future bills

The White House euphemism, as aides discuss the strategy internally: “a broader coalition.”

The theory: If you could fold in a few Dems with moderate and establishment Republicans, you’d have a better chance of passing tax reform or a huge infrastructure bill.

A White House official: “Typically, tax reform would be something that could be bipartisan. That would really be our hope.”

The road not taken: Some Trump friends think he has made a huge mistake since the inauguration by antagonizing Dems rather than courting them. Because of his tweets and rants, they’re less likely to give him the benefit of the doubt than they were Jan. 20, and any ambitious Dem who tried to work with him would get fiercer blowback from the base.