Washington is abuzz with Trump's latest gambit, reaching out to Democratic leaders to pass a three-month delay in the inevitable showdown over the budget and the debt ceiling, to which was tacked $15 billion in emergency aid for victims of the hurricanes. Trump made a point of praising "Chuck and Nancy" to the press, not mentioning poor Paul and Mitch.
I don't know that this means much. On the one hand the press loves bipartisanship, and Trump was crowing that "The press has been incredible" over this deal. So perhaps his vanity will push him toward more such deals, and he certainly seemed to suggest that this might be a model for the future.
On the other hand this was an easy deal, since it does not touch anything really contentious. One of the issues pundits immediately pointed to as susceptible to this sort of deal would be a revised Dream Act, which could be offered to Democrats in exchange for their support on the budget. I don't know; partisans on both sides of that have already been weighing in, Liberals saying that any deal funding a wall is betrayal, anti-immigration conservatives vowing to wage war over any Dream Act.
It's also really hard to tell what is going on within the Republican caucus on the Hill. Ryan and McConnell both let it be known that they were displeased, because they wanted to use the disaster funding and the debt ceiling threat to extract a much-longer stopgap bill; now they just have to face the same problems in December without those two bargaining chips. Personally I doubt they could have made a deal any better than the one Trump seized on, given their complete inability to control their most conservative members. But I confess that I have only vague ideas what is going on up there, and I get the impression many Senators and Congressmen feel the same way. Some in the know people are saying that no budget can be passed without some Democratic help, which will force a compromise of some sort eventually.
First, there has been a dynamic in Washington since the 80s at least that is in play here. The grouchy rump of the hardest conservatives has regularly been a big problem for whoever is trying to govern the country. They gave Reagan fits over arms control treaties and some other issues, drove John Boehner out of the Speakership, and made trouble for everyone in between. It may be that Trump, after the health care debacle, is fed up with them, too, and happy to provide moderate Republicans the cover they need to bypass the No Caucus via deals with the Democrats.
Second, it really is hard to predict what Trump is going to do. He seems to change his mind so frequently that it ascribing any fixed policy to him is a fool's game – except self-promotion, of course. The only way to bypass him altogether would be for Republican and Democratic leaders to make common cause against him, which I don't see happening. So his presence in the mix may make for a lot more craziness in years to come.