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Friday, March 24, 2017

It's now called Ryancare. And everyone hates it.

Matt Drudge tweeted: "The swamp drains you."

Yakov Smirnoff nods.

And I shake my head and wonder if Drudge has been drinking or smoking a little too hard. The man who took on and beat the mainstream media like a toy drum is starting to sound like One of Them!
Reading the Drudge Report the last few days has been hilarious. You would think Republicans were abandoning their pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare just two months into the new administration.

President Trump has won the fight. It is Sun Tzu fighting:
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
So chill, Matt Drudge. Chill.

President Trump is not selling out his voters or his pledge to drain the swamp.

He negotiated the best deal he can get. When he says he is willing to walk away, he means it.
And the Freedom Caucus and all the rest negotiated the best deal they can. While the groups may have 20, 30, or even 40 votes, Trump holds the rest of the votes.

Republicans may hate him all they want, but they realize their success relies on his success. A dead president walking is the last thing they want going into next year's midterm election.

And President Trump needs them just as much.

He issued an ultimatum to pass Ryancare? I see it as a sign he has the 218 votes he needs to get the bill to the Senate, get it passed, and move on to the real prize, which is a tax overhaul that will kick this economy into high gear and start chalking up those annual 4% growths in the GDP.

If not, move on to the real prize, which is a tax overhaul that will kick this economy into high gear and start chalking up those annual 4% growths in the GDP.

We shall see.

By the way, nine days ago I wrote this would be Trump's finest hour, as not only does he save the day on repeal and replace, but he exacts some revenge on Paul Ryan for abandoning him last October:
Now that Trump is president, he can teach Ryan a lesson.
And so Trump let Ryan roll out the plan, and the president let Ryan take the heat from both the Freedom Caucus in the House, and the RINOs in the Senate.
Ryan made the opening bid.
President Trump will make his counter-offer, likely letting Secretary Dr. Tom Price take the heat for it. Then Trump will enter later, cut, and close the deal.
This looks more like a Lyndon Johnson move. If we had sane Democrats -- say a half-dozen who are willing to cut a deal -- things would go smoother.
It's now called Ryancare.

And everyone hates it.

But reading Never Trump writers in D.C. will get one thinking the end is near for Trump, right?

So read what I wrote from Poca, West Virginia.

"Trump the Establishment" begins:
First they said he would not run.
And it ends:
Never bet against Donald John Trump.
What's in between is my take on all the swamp gas from D.C. writers who got the election wrong, wronger, and wrongest.

And now we are supposed to believe these writers who are bearish on passage of the Obamacare repeal?

Chill, Matt Drudge. Just chill.

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  1. I've been wondering about Drudge, too.

    Trump's cut a deal with the Freedom Caucus, but, you get a meme going, and sometimes, it's tough to realize it's done.

  2. Methinks the freedom caucus were part of the never Trump crowd, so their actions are hardly surprising.

    1. Plus 5 on that comment, Schlongy. Who was it that said, The perfect is the enemy of the good? These d-bags need to copy a page out of the Dem playbook. Incremental change.

  3. He got that putz Ryan to open the bidding! It is to laugh.

  4. I've been getting tired of Drudge's Tabloid side: Robots taking over; almost daily "California to fall into the sea"; and exorcism, exorcism, exorcism.....

  5. I have no real idea what is going on with the negotiations. I know a lot of people have been talking, but I really do not know what is true and what is blather; I cannot separate the wheat from the chaff. I guess I will have to wait and see for what actually emerges to be signed and what effect it actually has.

    Yeah, I know - advocating patience. What a nutty idea.

    -Mikey NTH

  6. "Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made." - Otto von Bismarck

  7. All on Ryan, now. If he can't deliver he should resign as speaker.

    1. And if it passes, Ryan gets all the credit, not Trump, and Trump should resign. Nice.

  8. It doesn't matter what the House bill looks like. The Senate will no doubt counter with a version of their own. That's when the sausage-making begins. They'll have plenty of time to fine-tune it later. As for repealing Obamacare, why don't they pass a clean, total repeal and make it effective December 31st? That should give them time to get the replacement ready. - Elric

  9. Don, I know you like this deal, but I am good with it going down. Trump's main error was linking himself with Paul Ryan, but now it may be time to play lifeboat and throw Ryan overboard.

    1. I'm not so sure. President Trump needs a strong Speaker of the House to help with his agenda. It looks to me like President Trump (God, I love typing that!) has given Ryan a pair of Big Boy Pants and is trying to help him fit into them. Congress has been deep in a state of lethargy for so long it may take some electroconvulsive therapy to snap them out of it. - Elric

    2. Trump had to do this to get the ball tolling. The do nothing politicians talk and talk and never have had to deliver. Now they are going to be made to deliver because of who and what the president is. What the bill started as will not be what it ends up as. But the do nothing politicians will have been forced to bend to PT's will.

  10. The nattering nabobs of negativism keep trying to call it “Trumpcare” but it’s Ryan’s bill. Trump is wisely keeping his distance, while doing nothing that could be called sabotage.

    This ain’t Donald’s first rodeo. Trump usually deals thru surrogates, then shows up for the big wins. That way he can take credit and avoid blame when things don’t work out.

    And people say he doesn’t know anything about politics.

    1. Got a 40-year tax abatement for his first Manhattan project. He plays the politicians almost as well as he plays the media

  11. I think they'll have their moment of clarity in 45 minutes. It it goes south, and if Bannon and Trump plan to keep a sh*t list (as is written), it's fine with me. It's also fine with a lot of voters. The #nevertrumpers will take the wrath, not Trump.

    Think the HFC and Tuesday Group knows this?
    (Hint: Bears and woods)

  12. The whole roll out of the healthcare bill has been a failure in that nobody has even attempted to sell the people (thus swaying public opinion) on what good the bill is, what it will do and why that will be a good thing. Gingrich tweeted that it isn't wise to push for a vote on a bill with only 17% of the public in favor of it (which, please note, means hardly any of even one's own party, that all of Obama/Pelosi/Reid's horrible garbage was backed by 40% to 50% of the populace.

    Coulter is right in that Obamacare is the least of the issues that made Trump a winner -- but there are aspects that harm small businesses especially (and America isn't all about small business, but all big businesses once were small enough at least in planning to be the baby of an entrepreneur. The repeal or, at least, extreme modification of Obamacare cannot be a dead deal without saying Obama is right and American business and capitalism must be destroyed -- because that's what it comes down to.

    Trump maybe spends too much time reacting to the 50,000 lying hate stories broadcast by the media every single day (to the point that the Media is comfortable cheering for Trump's demise and they do not even pretend they are a news organization anymore, but might as well call themselves "The Democrat Take on What's Happening Today." That is, nobody but GOP congressmen and women can stand Ryan in the slightest. He comes off as a two-faced backstabber that no one would dare trust ever on anything. He cannot sell any plan to change and replace Obamacare because all he ever talks about is cutting Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Trump can sell the people on what this bill does -- but he doesn't seem to even know or care.

    There are other things to be done, sure -- but Obamacare needs to be done too. And one lesson that Trump might try to learn here is that if Ryan is involved, everybody in both parties is against it to start with and so must be sold on it.

    It's called Ryancare and everybody hates it because Ryan is connected to it.