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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We will still Trump Obamacare

Reports of Obamacare's life are premature.

Liberals gloated last week when President Trump realized the Freedom Caucus was an immovable object, threw up his hands, and told the House to vote on Ryancare.

Up or down. He no longer cared.

However, I realized it was a negotiating ploy to get a better deal. Not only that, but I realized by calling for the vote, President Trump had usurped House Speaker Paul Ryan's power.

I called it:
Trump's Reykjavík
But people in Washington are so mesmerized by themselves that they think they are superior than the rest of us, and are no match for a rube TV celebrity.

They thought Trump's presidency was dead and Obamacare will reign for the next thousand years.

In their minds, Mister Haney is no match for Oliver Wendell Douglas.

President Trump's nemesis, the New York Daily News, displayed the conventional Washington wisdom in its report:
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump suffered a stinging defeat Friday after House leaders abruptly canceled a vote that he had demanded on a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act because too many Republicans continued to oppose it.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he pulled the bill Friday afternoon just minutes before the vote was to begin after consulting with Trump, and expressed disappointment at the failure to round up the Republican votes needed to pass it.
“We were very close, and it was a very, very tight margin,” Trump said. “We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do.”
The bill’s rejection by Republicans also took the luster off Trump’s vaunted negotiating skills as he stumbled in his first venture into legislative politics after making extensive efforts to woo and pressure recalcitrant and skittish Republicans to win their votes.
Trump acknowledged he faced a steep learning curve.
Actually, Washington faces the steep learning curve.
President Trump walked away strategically.

But the same people who wrote him off after Iowa, after Wisconsin, after the convention, after the Billy Bush tape, and after noon wrote him off again.

Folks, this is fun. I am having the time of my life.

Maureen Dowd spoke for her fellow creatures of the swamp lagoon on Sunday:
Dear Donald,
We’ve known each other a long time, so I think I can be blunt.
You know how you said at campaign rallies that you did not like being identified as a politician?
Don’t worry. No one will ever mistake you for a politician.
After this past week, they won’t even mistake you for a top-notch negotiator.
I was born here. The first image in my memory bank is the Capitol, all lit up at night. And my primary observation about Washington is this: Unless you’re careful, you end up turning into what you started out scorning.
And you, Donald, are getting a reputation as a sucker. And worse, a sucker who is a tool of the D.C. establishment.
Uh huh.

Washington has not been so sure of itself than since it tried to draft Arnold Ziffle.

She wrote this, too:
You knew that Paul Ryan’s vaunted reputation as a policy wonk was fake news. Republicans have been running on repealing and replacing Obamacare for years and they never even bothered to come up with a valid alternative.
And neither did you, despite all your promises to replace Obamacare with “something terrific” because you wanted everyone to be covered.
Instead, you sold the D.O.A. bill the Irish undertaker gave you as though it were a luxury condo, ignoring the fact that it was a cruel flimflam, a huge tax cut for the rich disguised as a health care bill. You were so concerned with the “win” that you forgot your “forgotten” Americans, the older, poorer people in rural areas who would be hurt by the bill.
D.O.A., eh?

Bloomberg just reported something I knew would happen next:
House Republicans are considering making another run next week at passing the health-care bill they abruptly pulled from the floor in an embarrassing setback to their efforts to repeal Obamacare.
Two Republican lawmakers say that leaders are discussing holding a vote, even staying into the weekend if necessary, but it’s unclear what changes would be made to the GOP’s health bill. They described the discussions on condition of anonymity.
Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, who helped derail the bill, have been talking with some Republican moderate holdouts in an effort to identify changes that could bring them on board with the measure.
The renewed discussion comes after President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress said they would move on to issues like a tax overhaul in the wake of last week’s drama, when the long-awaited bill was pulled 30 minutes ahead of a scheduled floor vote.
I have but one thing left to say for now.

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  1. Don I hope you are writing your third in the series, this one being Pres Trump's first year. I agree with your take on this. Trump is a cross between a cunning Scot and a hard headed German. I thought it was strange when Trump suddenly forced the issue and then looked like a boob. But Scott Adams (Dilbert) seems to think that now the press is portraying Trump as an incompetent, they can't hang on to the Hitler meme. Very interesting as to whether this was done deliberately by Trump (which I am inclined to think is the case). CDM

    1. Oh I love that German/Scot thing. Hadn't thought of it that way.
      I saw Scott's post on that. Very interesting. Don't think it was deliberate

    2. I read your Dowd link and laughed all the way through. She is a parody of all the wrongheaded thinking you list in your books and actually, is helping to kill the Hitler meme and promote the incompetent dummy meme just as Adams predicted. The German part of Trump is the iron will and determination, the Scots part cannily hides his intentions and behind scene moves. CDM

    3. As more Dems come to see Trump as incompetent (harmless) this will clash with the Hitler view, and there will be puzzled cognitive dissonance. Meanwhile Trump's panzer assault on regulations will continue under the radar as to admit that he is incompetent yet achieving will be too much for the Democrat press to process. CDM

    4. No. Remember the incompetent BusHitler. They have no problem with cognitive dissonance because there is no cognition involved.

    5. One might even say Trump is being "mis-underestimated".

  2. "But the same people who wrote him off after Iowa, after Wisconsin, after the convention, after the Billy Bush tape, and after noon wrote him off again."

    I'm Enjoying myself watching you enjoy yourself. That line made me laugh out loud.
    Filmways Presentation, for sure.

    Thanks for the fun.
    Rich in NC

  3. The R know that without a + result on OC they will have a tough time in 18. DT will not because he never campaigned for them, only for the real issue of his voters, jobs, and on them he is delivering to some extent. His voters know he is not Mussolini with absolute power and further that no prospective leader or business Baron on either side other than him is able, indeed will even try, to deliver for them.
    Bezos is so rich now his WaPo has no need of a profit for 10 billion years. It can lie until the Sun explodes without fear of having any readers at all. By then his millionth great grandlord will be emperor of Alpha Centuri,still be controlling the minds of his hereditary servants by whim, almost like now but no actual photonic words will be needed​.
    The Freedom Moths, sincere as they may be, will come to the candle sooner or later,or just get swamp gassed..

    1. Good point on Obamacare repeal, he does not need it, they do.

  4. Maureens little piece sunday sounded like she was writing from her sandbox. Breathtaking naivete! Never does that slow down the always wrong dc dumb set. What morons they are. Trump just runs rings around while they play pocket pool.

    1. That's where she writes, alright. And that's how she thinks, too. lWell. thinks she thinks.

  5. They will all---Dowd included---have their Come to Jesus Moment.

    1. Yep, and they won't like it. Not at all. Gonna hurt them. Mess their minds.

    2. The are getting theirs right now, and it hasn't even begun to get good yet. Trump is sawing the legs off these . Yes we have ryan and mcconnell and the rest of those republican needledicks, but Trump is knocking the pins out from underneath their agenda. I know this climate change/carbon psycho world and players pretty well, and he has steamrollered those this week. Drip drip drip bang bang drip. He is dismantling things day by day by day. obozo-utopialand was not built in a day and Trump does not have great support but he is going to roll them. and Don is going to write book #3, are you kidding me, you think he can resist?

  6. Someday I expect Trump to offer these words to the Swamp:
    Everytime you strike me down I will come back stronger than before. And you won't like the stain you will leave on the floor from your self inflicted wounds as you try to stop me.

    1. So far Trump has fired a few dozen prosecutors from the DoJ and accepted the resignations of a handful of State Department people. Over 2,900 Obama holdovers remain in place, subverting--or attempting to subvert--Trump's every move.

      This doesn't seem like a decisive CEO to me. Seems more like a slow learner who is placing too much trust in the D.C. insider wing of his advisors.

      FIRE THE OBAMA HOLDOVERS, Mr. President. You're getting creamed in the press anyway. Why not give them something else to get further unhinged about?

  7. I’m waiting for a FedGov shutdown over e.g. a budget which fails to fund the border wall during which Trump says “fine, none of you all get paid, including the legislators, until we pass the budget AND there will be no retroactive pay for the shutdown period.”


    Steve in Greensboro

    1. The phrase "There's a new sheriff in town" seems apt

    2. That's pretty much what I expect. There's no way they'll pass the budget Trump wants. And there's no way Trump will sign a bloated budget. Shutdown, here we come.

  8. Trump is reminding me more and more of Truman, Eisenhower and Reagan. They were all "dummies" too.

  9. Ryancare is simply Obamacare with a slightly different funding mechanism (aka. TAX).

    Plus, it CREATES a brand new trillion dollar entitlement by inventing a REFUNDABLE tax credit for people to use to buy health insurance. Since 47% of Americans have a tax liability of 0 or less, that means that half the country will be paying for their own insurance AND the insurance of the other half.

    There is not a single person more than one step to the right of Karl Marx that should support ANYTHING in Ryan's plan.

    Next time, start with FULL REPEAL. That's what the R voters want, and were promised by those we sent to DC.

  10. We will see what happens. If Trump manages to move things so we get a real repeal bill, which answers the freedom caucus concerns, not a rhino fake one like we have now, I will be impressed with Trump. Until then, all I saw was Trump taking the side of the Ryan rhinos against the freedom caucus, trying to shove a fake repeal down our throats, so he can say WINNING, and a bunch of trump spinners trying to pretend otherwise.