Paul Ryan’s “Tinker Around the Edges and Call it Repeal” Act died yesterday. And the Democrats wasted no time wooo-hooing and high-fiving.
Just look at Nancy’s orgasmic glee:
But I think they’re making a mistake.
And, hey. I love it when the Democrats misread what’s happening.
These idiots actually believe that the failure to pass this hybrid Frankenstein monster bill shows that the Republicans are divided and fractured.
They also seem to be under the misguided notion that Ryan’s “Slap Lipstick on a Pig and Call it Repeal” bill failed because of the Democrats’ efforts.
And they would be wrong on both counts.
They really believe that this is a win for them.
But the game is far from over.
Let’s harken back to early 2010 when the Democrats used every legislative trick in the book to force Obamacare through.
Yes, they got the wee little minority of their party who opposed it to side with them. Who can forget the Louisiana Purchase and the Cornhusker Kickback? Hell, they even lied to the precious few pro-life Democrats by telling them abortion wouldn’t be covered. Remember Bart Stupak?
Sure, the Democrats succeeded where Paul Ryan failed.
And despite overwhelming public opposition, they shoved Obamacare down our throats.
But at what price?
They lost the House, the Senate, Governorships, State Legislatures and now the White House. The Democrats haven’t been this powerless in nearly a century.
All because of Obamacare.
Yes, the Ryanstein Monster died on the table yesterday.
Unlike the Democrats, the Republicans didn’t shove this bill through despite overwhelming public opposition.
This gives the Republicans an opportunity to craft a better bill – one that reflects the wishes of the people. Namely: repealing Obamacare.
And because they refused to force this bill down our throats, they are not at risk of suffering a midterm defeat like the 2010 Democrat massacre.
Likewise, it’s only March of 2017. By November of 2018, Ryancare will be all but forgotten. Especially if Republicans in Congress start taking Trump’s lead instead of Paul Ryan’s.
And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about Donald Trump it’s this. When he loses a battle, he learns from the experience and makes the necessary changes to do better in the future.
In other words, President Trump learns from his mistakes.
The pundits who are declaring that this “defeat” will mar Trump’s presidency are the same pundits who pronounced him dead time and time again during the election.
I have no doubt that President Trump will be just fine – especially if he keeps his eyes on the very issues that got him elected.
Of course there is one variable that worries me.
And that’s the Republican Leadership in Congress.
Unfortunately, these guys have perfected the art of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
President Trump has his work cut out for him in getting Congressional Republicans to abandon their Cant-Do spirit.
But if anybody can do that, it is Donald Trump.
The truth is, Ryan’s “Keep the Lobbyists Happy and Pretend it’s Repeal” bill’s defeat may very well be the catalyst the president needs to get Congressional Republicans to think in terms of winning.
President Trump plays the long game.
And the Democrats taking a victory lap right now are falling into the same trap Hillary did when she ordered fireworks for election night.
Something tells me, in a few months these high-fiving Democrats are going to realize that they spiked the football way too soon.
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