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Friday, March 24, 2017


The braggart president who said no one makes deals as good as he makes deals and no one can negotiate as well as he can negotiate just flopped out.  Bigly.

The hideous Trump-Ryancare bill has been pulled

No vote. 

At least 31 Republicans were ready to vote NO.

The Republicans didn't have the votes for a bill that had only 17% support from the American people.

There was no political path forward for them.

The Republicans have been talking about repealing and replacing the ACA for 7 1/2 years and when the rubber hit the road it turned out they had no replacement that the American people liked, and so there will be no repeal.

Somewhere there is a former president with a YUUUUGE smile on his face.

The Art of the Deal was a big, fat FAIL.

Trump tells Washington Post's Robert Costa Health Care Bill "over." Will not come to floor for a long time, maybe a year, if ever.

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BB-Idaho said...

Paul Ryan without the triumphal grin, noted to the press the problem of getting
his GOP ducks to line up, even admitting that it was easy to complain and criticize
when they were a minority, and that to govern was much more difficult. Duh.

Ducky's here said...

His first major rebuke.

Now we can get back to the hearings on the Russian connection.

Clearwater, Florida said...

"I'm the best negotiator. I know how to make the best deals. Believe me". Well friends, House republicans just put a firecracker up Donald Trump's ass and blew up his healthcare bill. Repeal and replace is not so popular after all. I'm sure the Liar-in-Chief will try to blame democrats for the healthcare bills failure.

Ducky's here said...

Ryan had an interesting observation, "this makes tax reform (i.e. spiffing the wealthy) more difficult".

His donors are going to be very P.O'd.

Shaw Kenawe said...

PM Carpenter:

It's official ...

Donald Trump is a "loser."

What else is to be said? Only he could "fix" the "messes" about to be handed to him, he repeatedly brayed on the campaign trail — and he would fix them, beginning with repealing and replacing Obamacare with something "terrific," "wonderful," and "tremendous." Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 3.16.54 PM

He failed. And so now he joins the ranks of those he defeated months ago — the "losers."

For now, he doesn't blame Paul Ryan for his humiliating, ego-wrecking, WH-devastating loss, or so he told the Washington Post's Robert Costa on the phone after losing big on healthcare. But just give him a day or two. Losers with egos like Trump's don't accept blame for their losses; such humiliations are always someone else's fault. And this loss, in Trump's self-inflated world, will become Speaker Ryan's.

(On the other hand, Trump is already promoting his loss as a deviously brilliant ploy on his part: "The best thing that could happen is exactly what happened — watch," he said, as he added Democrats to his list of the blameworthy) .

Trump won't take the fall. He's never wrong and he never loses. Accordingly, from this immense loss he'll move on to tax reform, where he'll lose even bigger, since Trumpcare was really the opening, tax-policy-easing shot at more massive cuts for the wealthy.

What a loser.



Well, that was informative.

Republicans now own the White House, the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and the Supreme Court, while Democrats have been reduced — especially in the House — to a whimpering, utterly powerless minority. Yet according to Trump's statement issued a few minutes ago, his decisive loss on the healthcare bill was due entirely to — House Democrats.

It seems, in Trump's mind, that controlling all three branches of government has somehow put Republicans at a legislative disadvantage.

Yes, and thousands of N.J. Muslims cheered 9/11, and Obama tapped his phones, and ...

Dave Miller said...

And somehow it's the Dems fault because "not one" would vote with him.

Funny, the DEM leadership did okay passing the initial package without any GOP votes...

Maybe it's just a leadership issue...

Shaw Kenawe said...

BB-Idaho, Ducky, Clearwater, and Dave,, Trump's new strategy is "Let Obamacare explode." That's an interesting strategy for a POTUS who's supposed to be president of ALL Americans, but yet he's willing to see something catastrophic happen to the ACA that will hurt millions of Americans? A normal president would try to negotiate with the Republicans and the Democrats to fix what is wrong with the ACA.

But we all know that Trump isn't normal. Everyday we see evidence of this.

Dave Miller said...

Remember Tom Price was ready on Day 1 to move on thuscwith an instant replacement to cover everyone, with better coverage for less money...

Or, is it possible he was lying?

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dave, see the post above this one. Tonight, Trump actually said he NEVER said he was going to repeal and replace Obamacare within 64 days. He's correct on one point, he didn't specifically say "within 64 days," but he did say he was going to do it within a day, maybe even an hour, as soon as he got his secretary sworn in. (See the video above.)

As I said above, either Trump is suffering from dementia, or he's the worst con man lying s.o.b. to ever disgrace the presidency.

Shaw Kenawe said...

"Funny, the DEM leadership did okay passing the initial package without any GOP votes..."

That's because Barack Obama was a real leader, not a fake one, like the guy we have now.

Infidel753 said...

And so Obama's signature domestic achievement survives, despite his enemies holding every lever of power they need to fulfill their dream of destroying it.

Our Democrats were firmly united against repeal, but the enemy could not unite to enact it.

This is a real victory, and a time for gloating. I intend to make the most of it.

Jerry Critter said...

Trump, an amateur playing president. This is what you get, good theater, bad politics, and in the end Trump loses, and the American people win. Score one for the good side!

Shaw Kenawe said...

Infidel753 and Jerry,

1) It's clear that the current GOP doesn't know how to govern.

2) The gloating is permissible, since we're still hearing the Goopers crow about putting a amateur into the most powerful position in the world.

3) We can never let Trump get away with lying about what he's said in the past -- for example, he said on Friday that he NEVER claimed he'd repeal and replace Obamacare as soon as he was inaugurated. In fact, he said that again and again and again, but we know he's a liar and when, like a rat, he's cornered with the truth, he blames other people for his incompetence and lies.

Shaw Kenawe said...

From Reason Magazine:

The bill failed in part because it could not establish a balance between the concerns of moderate Republicans, particularly with regard to the way it treated the Medicaid expansion, and more conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus, who argued that the bill was too much like Obamacare, retaining its core scheme of subsidies and regulations.

But it also failed because Trump proved himself an ineffective negotiator and dealmaker—one whose preference for shallow political victories over substantive policy wins ultimately proved insufficient in a complex policy negotiation.