Frankly, I’m getting more than a little tired of hearing about how it is that President Trump has yet to make good on any of his campaign promises. And yes I know he claimed numerous times during the campaign to be the ultimate dealmaker. However, I think what he failed to realize is that making deals in the business world is very different than making deals in the world of politics. Politicians are a sleazy bunch, and more often than not the potential cost of any deal can end up being rather prohibitive. And it can be rather difficult to make deals with people who have absolutely no interest in making a deal. Because what’s become far more important to the RINOs and their Democrat friends in Congress than making any kind of a deal, is working to slow the Trump agenda to the greatest extent possible.
So it would seem only appropriate that Senate Republicans, and not President Trump, should now find themselves in the crosshairs. Some center-right media commentators blamed the moderates, others blamed the conservatives, and some blamed both. “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade singled out both the left and right members of the party, addressing Sens. Paul, Portman and Collins. He said, “These people are being true to their school.” And added, “Just not true to their party, and maybe not true to their country.” Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham singled out only conservative members Sens. Mike Lee and Rand Paul in a tweet, asking “Q[uestion] for @SenMikeLee & @RandPaul: Why is keeping Obamacare preferable to any alt[ernative] that could get 50 GOP votes in the Senate?”
And it was another conservative talk show host, Hugh Hewitt, who directed his dissatisfaction at moderate GOP Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada for opposing the bill, questioning his intelligence (“he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer”) and lamenting the damage he has done to the Republican Party. Heller is perhaps one of the most vulnerable GOP Senate incumbents up for re-election in 2018. And Rush Limbaugh hammered “establishment” Republicans for being too afraid of the bill’s unpopularity: “You gotta know where to take the battle and fight, and I’m sorry — investing in the Republican leadership to carry your water? Who ever thought that would work?” The Trump agenda will be going nowhere as long as our current leadership teams in both houses remain in place. Thus, they need to go.
And then it was Senate Conservative Fund President Ken Cuccinelli who said in a statement that his group will “seek to identify, recruit, and fund conservative challengers against Republican senators who vote against repeal. If they won’t keep their word and if they can’t find the courage to repeal a liberal takeover of our health care system that has hurt so many American families, they should be replaced by someone who will.” The GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare, and the time spent doing so, jeopardizes Republican lawmakers’ ability to grapple with tax reform as well as the likelihood of passing legislation on infrastructure this year. This could leave Trump and the Republican with no meaningful legislative victories in his first year as president all thanks to our spineless congressional leaders.
So say what you will about the president, but this latest fiasco rests 100% on Congress. They campaigned on the promise to repeal Obamacare for straight 7 years. They never developed an alternative plan in all that time. Trump cannot introduce or vote on legislation, that’s Congress’ job. And I would like to think that many of these do-nothings will never get re-elected after this mess, but I also worry that our rather ignorant electorate will make the mistake of replacing them with Democrats, and the only result from doing that would be the complete grinding to a halt of the president’s agenda. This latest fiasco should make clear that the Republicans want 1) to keep Obamacare and 2) so see Trump to fail. And I think little doubt remains that the RINO’s would have preferred to have Hitlery win the election.
In 2015 members of Congress passed a repeal of Obamacare and sent it to Obummer’s desk, who then promptly vetoed it. This same exact bill was again offered to these same members of the Congress and they refused to back it because they never expected Trump to be the President and were waiting to help Hitlery implement single-payer healthcare. They all need to be retired at the earliest possible date, which would be 2018. And it this is not just about the Healthcare vote. Republicans are spineless wimps in the face of the Democrat opposition, even when it comes to the president’s appointees. The Democrats are in the minority yet you sure can’t tell that from the spineless action of the majority. Republicans need to be doing what the Democrats would be doing, ramming our agenda down their throats.
As I have said before, the primary focus of the 2018 midterm elections must be the exorcising from our party as many of these pathetic RINOs as possible. That and doing all that we can to further reduce the number of Democrats in BOTH houses of Congress. Only then can we move forward. What I wish we could do is elect a whole new batch of Republicans who can work together for the betterment of the country. These nefarious ego driven congressmen/women live as if they and only they know the answers to what the country needs. If you can’t come to a consensus after sorting out ideas then you don’t belong in the group. My take is Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Susan Collins and many others would like nothing more than “to see Trump fail”. But they should be the ones who are made to fail.