President Trump is about to get the last laugh.
His tweet this morning was "The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!"The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
Speaker Ryan subsequently held a press conference and said:
"I share frustration. About 90 percent of our conference is for this bill to repeal and replace Obamacare and about 10 percent are not. And that's not enough to pass a bill. We're close. What I am encouraging our members to do is keep talking with each other until we can get the consensus to pass this bill. But it's very understandable that the president is frustrated that we haven't gotten to where we need to go, because this is something we all said we would do.
"And so he is just expressing his frustration. You all know that he does that in various forms, including Twitter. And I understand his frustration.President Trump is not frustrated. He's pushing buttons. He wants to win. He will.
Ryan may be frustrated. He's 90% there? He needs to be 91% there, as he needs 216 to pass the bill and there are 237 Republicans. Give vacancies in the House drops the minimum from 218.
Thus Ryan can afford to lose only 21 of them. Looks like he has to nail down another three or four more votes. They know it and will extract the highest price they can get.
How much easier Nancy Pelosi had it eight years ago. She had a 37-seat cushion.
President Trump actually helped Ryan by bashing the Freedom Caucus, which raised the cost of being in the Freedom Caucus by giving them bad press.
From "The Art of the Deal":
"You can apply all kinds of pressure, make all sorts of pleas and threats, contribute large sums of money to their campaigns, and generally it gets you nothing. But raise the possibility of bad press, even in an obscure publication, and most politicians will jump. Bad press translates into potential lost votes, and if a politician loses enough votes, he won't get reelected."President Trump's disdain of the press is both exaggerated by him, and earned by them.
But that quote explains why the press thinks it can bring him down, because so many politicians fear the press.
He doesn't. He knows there is no such thing as bad press.
Last week, the press thought President Trump was done.
From the Washington Post:
‘The closer’? The inside story of how Trump tried — and failed — to make a deal on health careJeff Bezos got hosed by the Graham family when he bought that newspaper.
From an editorial in the Never Trump Wall Street Journal:
House Republicans pulled their health-care bill shortly before a vote on Friday, and for once the media dirge is right about a GOP defeat. This is a major blow to the Trump Presidency, the GOP majority in Congress, and especially to the cause of reforming and limiting government.That was published on Day 63 of his 1,461-day first term.
Took Obama 427 days to pass and sign Obamacare.
However, the PC Conservative newspaper has been wrong so long about presidential politics that it will desperately grasp at any and all straws in the faint and fading hope of de-railing the Trump presidency.
Donald Trump crowed for months he would strike a "terrific" deal on health care. His ambitions ended in a brief phone call Friday afternoon, in which Speaker Paul Ryan told him the truth: He was nowhere close.
The businessman president, who sold himself to tens of millions of disillusioned voters last year as the only outsider who could tame a broken capital, ended his first confrontation with lawmakers overmatched, outmaneuvered and ultimately empty-handed.
“We learned a lot about some very arcane rules,” Trump said in the Oval Office soon after the defeat of his effort to undo President Obama’s health care law.
It was actually the most basic fact of Congress that set Trump back: the majority rules. And despite a 22-seat margin for error in the House, Trump had proved unable to corral support for a plan to repeal the law, one of Trump’s key campaign pledges.The rush to declare Trump a loser stems from the press being the Washington Generals to his Harlem Globetrotters.
President Donald Trump likes winning. But on Friday he failed.
Lacking sufficient support, Republicans were forced to pull their bill to replace Obamacare from the floor of the GOP-controlled House. Speaking soon after accepting defeat, Trump didn't shoulder the responsibility himself, nor did he pin the blame on House GOP leadership or any of the warring Republican factions' whose competing demands ultimately sunk any chance of a consensus bill.
Instead, he blamed Democrats and vowed to let Obamacare "explode."
"We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren't going to give us a single vote, so it's a very very difficult thing to do," Trump said. "I think the losers are (House Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi and (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare. 100% own it."Meh. It's posturing.
The real story is Speaker Ryan -- an establishment nemesis of President Trump -- is on the ropes and desperate to cut a deal.
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