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Monday, June 26, 2017

Republicans better start working with Trump

Democrats are in retreat following Comey calamitous testimony, and the voter rejection of about $50 million worth of their campaign ads in four congressional districts.

Now Republicans worry that they are blowing it.

That's because they are.

Instead of working with President Trump, Republicans are doing as little as possible. They are less energetic than Jeb Bush.

Never Trumpers thought they could win without Trump. Remember?

Last August, NBC News reported:
Charles Koch, who runs the conservative donor network that has raised three-quarters of a billion dollars from its members, emphasized and clarified his own personal position, including that he would not support Republican candidate Donald Trump.
"At this point I can't support either candidate," Koch told the attendees, adding to scattered applause, "but I'm certainly not going to support Hillary."
The notion that he would support the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, is "blood libel," Koch said.
In public remarks, he told the group that politics is definitely part of their strategy to promote a free and open society. "But keep in mind just one piece," Koch said, "because if we focus on that [alone] we are going to continue to lose; we're going to continue to deteriorate."
We knew what the plan was. Don't help Trump and keep the House and the Senate.

Of course, Republicans kept the Senate only because of Trump. The 22 Senate seats they won last year were all in states he carried. If they took only 20 and she won, Democrats would have taken the Senate, and would be well on their way to taking the House back in 2018.

Rather than be grateful, Republican senators took their good old time approving his Cabinet, and both houses seem to OK with Obamacare.

Now the Koch brothers realize there is a problem.

From the Associated Press:
The urgency was easy to find inside the private receptions and closed-door briefings at the Koch brothers' donor retreat in Colorado Springs, where the billionaire conservatives and their chief lieutenants warned this weekend of a rapidly shrinking window to push their agenda through Congress.
No agenda items mattered more to the conservative Koch network than the GOP's promise to overhaul the nation's tax code and repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law. At the moment, however, both are bogged down by GOP infighting that jeopardizes their fate.
"There is urgency," said Tim Phillips, who leads the network's political arm, Americans for Prosperity. "We believe we have a window of about 12 months to get as much of it accomplished as possible before the 2018 elections grind policy to a halt."
The window for action may be even smaller, some Koch allies warned at a weekend donor retreat that drew roughly 400 participants to the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The price for admission for most was a pledge to give at least $100,000 this year to the Kochs' broad policy and political network. There were also at least 18 elected officials on hand. Some hosted private policy discussions with donors while others simply mingled.
In between meetings, Rep. Dave Brat, R-Virginia, predicted dire consequences in next year's midterm elections should his party fail to deliver on its repeated promises.
"If we don't get health care, none of us are coming back," he said in a brief interview. "We said for seven years you're gonna repeal Obamacare. It's nowhere near repealed."
It's the same for tax reform, Brat said: "We don't get taxes through, we're all going home. Pack the bags."
As you will recall Brat primaried then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor because the Boehner House did little.

The Ryan House is not doing much more.

Here is an idea: Republicans should do what they promised to do.

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  1. The GOP isn't called The Stupid Party for no reason...

    They'd better get their act together by the first of the new year, or November 2018 will be brutal.

  2. They stabbed Newt in the back. They stabbed the Tea Party in the back and blamed them for not taking the Senate when they didn't support any of the Tea Party candidates. Now they're stabbing Trump in the back. They prefer being the minority party. That way they can make promises they don't have to keep. GOC

    1. I am amazed at their stabbing ability given their limp wrists.

  3. The problem of eliminating everything that came from Obamacare started in the House when Trump, who said he would be very happy with single-payer, advocated a system of federally-controlled heathcare - O'Care Lite - instead of just throwing out the bathwater and all the fecal material with it.

    On to the Senate, where nothing can survive but more and bigger government programs - and the conservative cause was sunk. The problem is that Trump doesn't have a conservative bone in his body and imposing more government mandates fits his style exactly.

    So, no, the only way for the Republicans to live up to campaign promises is for Trump to listen to Senators Cruz, Paul and Lee.

  4. Worse than just losing the Senate, we would have lost the Supreme Court.

    The court rejected hearing the latest 2nd Amendment case to come before it. Thomas and Gorsuch wanted to hear it, but they needed two more. What the hell is wrong with Alito and Roberts?

  5. I think the Republican Party has gone the way of the Whigs. Time for a renewal party that is Pro-American, smaller Gubmint and welcoming of disenchanted Dems.

  6. Most republicans are going to support reductions in immigration only if they are kicking and screaming. That issue won Trump the election, neither party wants to reduce it, and a majority of the American people consistently do. Something's gotta give.

    1. Immigration increases demand for government, so DC is all for it.

  7. GOPe "Republicans better start working with Trump"...

    or else be removed and replaced by candidates who espouses TP principles such as less government, reduction and eventual elimination of the fed deficit and draining of the swamp.

  8. Gee. do you think the AP is left-wing? They never miss a chance to call the Kochs "conservative", even though they aren't particularly.

  9. Dear Congress-critter: You said you would do everything you could to repeal Obamacare. So, now, go repeal Obamacare.

    1. They did in January 2016, but knew Obama would veto it, which he did. To do it now means they own it and they have no stomach for that.

    2. They did in January 2016, but knew Obama would veto it, which he did. To do it now means they own it and they have no stomach for that.

  10. So they're worried about losing their jobs, not about the country going down the tubes....

    1. I despise the Republican leadership, especially those in the Senate, and wish the seven plagues of Egypt upon their heads.

  11. The problem, among others, is that ALL constituents, Right/Left/Unk are addicted to Stalinized medicine. That includes Trump. He is as much for the alleged benefits of Obamacare as anyone, he just thinks he can finance them more responsibly. Only when everyone understands they do NOT have a claim on the contents of the next guy's pocket, regardless of your 'need' will we be getting anywhere. Before that though the system at large will collapse. Medicare for all? Medicare is already insolvent and dragging down hospitals, practices and entire treatment protocols with it. You can't farm out your responsibilities, fellow babies. What's that? You paid into the system and expect to draw out? There ya go. Collapse it is then. Forward.