Opinion: GOP gets Trumped, big league

(AP)

If you’re looking for an explanation of what Donald Trump did to his fellow Republicans this week, don’t look to the world of Washington or political science. Your answer won’t be found there. Look instead to the world of real estate and construction, because there it begins to make a bit of sense, at least from Trump’s point of view.

In Trump’s eyes, he is the builder, the man destined to make America great again. In that mindset, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are little more than subcontractors and suppliers who ought to be doing what he tells them. (Much of the Republican base thinks of Ryan and McConnell the same way.) So by siding with congressional Democrats over important votes on the debt-ceiling and hurricane recovery, Trump was sending the Republican leaders a message about their performance:

“You’ve made me unhappy,” he basically told them. “Now I’m making you unhappy. I told you what I wanted, you didn’t deliver, so now I’m doing a deal with your competitors.”

That tactic makes a certain amount of sense in the construction world, but by all accounts, both GOP and Democratic, the deal among Trump, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer puts congressional Republicans in a much more difficult position. In fact, Pelosi and Schumer had a hard time this week keeping the wattage on their grins at less than solar intensity. The deal gives the minority Democrats more leverage to force their policy priorities into law, and it exposes Republicans to a series of tough votes that they had hoped to avoid. It could very well end up costing the GOP seats in the midterms.

Theoretically, of course, McConnell and Ryan had the power to refuse to go along with the deal. Unlike Trump, who is a newcomer to the party, they are longtime Republicans. They are the elected leaders of Congress, a supposedly independent branch of government. Under the Constitution, the leader of the executive branch should have no more power to dictate the timing and content of congressional floor votes than does some guy sitting at the bar at VFW Post 1621 in Janesville, Wisc., Ryan’s home town.

To return to the construction-industry comparison, Ryan and McConnell also could argue quite accurately that Trump’s unhappiness is his own stupid fault. They’ve been forced to operate with no blueprints from the White House, dealing with a never-ending blizzard of change orders. First he wants to deport the Dreamers, then he wants to coddle them. First he demands that the House pass an Obamacare repeal bill, then he publicly berates the bill as too mean. And where’s his infrastructure plan? Where’s his tax-reform plan? He has none.

Yet Ryan and McConnell dare not make that argument, and they dare not stand up to Trump. In Ryan’s case, he was forced to swallow a proposal Wednesday that he had scorned that very morning as “ridiculous” and “disgraceful,” and then he had to go out in public and pretend that he liked it.

It’s crazy if you think about it. Trump is erratic and childish, but he has such a hold on the Republican base that he can make a deal with Washington Democrats that hurts Republicans and — this is the crazy part — he can make Ryan and McConnell come off as RINOs while doing so.

Personally, I have a hard time working up any sympathy. Every partnership that Trump has ever entered has followed this same trajectory. You make a deal with a scorpion and you’re gonna get stung, because that’s what a scorpion does.

 

 

 

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macufo
macufo


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bigdoggie1
bigdoggie1

"Horse sense is what a horse has which keeps it from betting on people!"


W.C. Fields

gapeach101
gapeach101

is it passé to announce SHEETZ here now?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@tevexara

£11k  a month!!??!!

Well, I'm peeved at Pam P!

schnirt

Juanx
Juanx

"this week keeping the wattage on their grins at less than solar intensity."

Correction:

this week keeping the wattage on sane Americans grins at less than solar intensity. We never saw this coming.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@gotalife 

Free Rimsky?

I'm of the opinion he's already escaped.

There's a "fun"gus among us growing hairier with each comment.


Andy158
Andy158

Meanwhile three more moderate House members have decided to head for the exit. I can hear TD celebrating the purging of the last sane RINO's from the govt.

honested
honested

@Andy158 

Too bad the wrong-wing nuts will elect one from their cohort expecting improvement.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Andy158

The GOP has been moving to the far right at speed that would make Usain Bolt give up.  Yet, all you'll hear is that the left is moving far left.  When you're moving away from something, they eyes can trick you into believing that you're not moving as fast as you think you are because the other object appears to be moving away from you at the same time.

Andy158
Andy158

I'm wondering if maybe the Catholic Church could perform an exorcism on Bannon. I'm pretty sure there's a demon in there somewhere.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

Republican death wish. Thats a new one.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@TBS

Earthquake in the same vicinity of Katia landfall.  Normally, there would be a declaration of TPS to help ease the humanitarian suffering after these type of natural disasters.  I'm curious to see how this particular administration goes about things. 

honested
honested

@Brosephus @TBS 

Nothing like being stuck under a building and then drowning from a storm while waiting for help.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@honested

As much as some people whine about things are bad here, I doubt there's a single, solitary American that would be willing to trade places with people who are homeless/dead because of these natural disasters.

TBS
TBS

If they know who cast the votes then charges should soon follow, amirite?

Fan4500
Fan4500

@TBS Maybe or better enforcement of the voter/election rules.

Andy158
Andy158

@TBS College students that were living there but still had out of state DL's. They didn't vote twice and voted where they lived. Kobach is just looking for any excuse to get more restrictive laws passed and purge voters from the rolls.


"Indiana Kicks Voters Off the Rolls and Isn’t Telling Them"


"A new law is letting the controversial interstate Crosscheck database comb election rolls—and remove voters without any attempt to contact them or allow a chance to respond."


http://www.thedailybeast.com/indiana-kicks-voters-off-the-rolls-and-isnt-telling-them

honested
honested

@TBS 

It was on FauxNewz.....that's all that matters to wrong-wingers.

It makes them 'feel' good.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Fan4500 

I'm curious, Fan.  Not doubting, but do you have a link to that "Ossoff by 7" thing?  I never saw anything but "statistical dead heat".

Andy158
Andy158

@Fan4500 @TBS Of course Kobach started crying fraud without talking to a single one of these voters or doing any investigation at all.

Andy158
Andy158

@TBS Have to insure the "sanctity" of the vote, don't ya know. Better a thousand be disenfranchised than have one fraudulent ballot cast.

Fan4500
Fan4500

@TBS Right, no voter fraud exists anywhere.

Got it.

TBS
TBS

There was one poll that had Ossaf up by a good bit. Not sure if it was right before the election but I think I recall one of them having Ossoff with a decent lead.

Andy158
Andy158

@Fan4500 @TBS Don't be willfully obtuse. Of course there's voter fraud. Reliable statistics show it's about .006%. The voter fraud thing is a red herring, a Trojan Horse. A solution looking for a problem.

TBS
TBS

They know Trump's assertions of millions of illegal votes was a lie but they keep it going with this type bs in efforts to get tighter voter restrictions

TBS
TBS

Never said it didn't but you do have a good start on the straw man you are building. You are neither witty or intelligent enough to put words in my mouth or even make a weak implication and make me defend it. Just not in the cards for you.

I'm also not then one who is gullible enough to buy a story about voter registration and wonder why they haven't come up with much of any illegal votes casts based on these registrations. It's been 10 months and we are taking 6500 not 650k.

So get back with us when they have an actual number of illegal votes casts based on these 6500 registrations, ok?

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Fan4500

The type of voter fraud that conservatives bleat about and pass laws to combat is virtually nonexistent when compared to the number of cases they would prevent vs the number of votes cast.

The true areas where voter/election fraud are prevalent are never addressed by conservatives or their laws.


https://votingrights.news21.com/article/election-fraud/

Fan4500
Fan4500

@Andy158 @Fan4500 @TBS I wasn't responding to you, I like your arguments and discussion of facts. I was responding to TBS and the progs who like to dismiss interesting news just because it's from Fox or news outlets they don't approve of.


PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Fan4500  LOLOL - Maggie Hassan had more votes than Clinton and nobody is claiming that there was a problem in that election.

Fan4500
Fan4500

@TBS Did you read the whole article?

 "....when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton outpolled Republican nominee Donald Trump by a mere 2,736 votes."

TBS
TBS

Again

How many of these out of state registrations have been found to be fradulant?

How many of these people actually voted?

Who did they vote for?

The article you posted answered none of these questions.

It didn't do so because it was mostly implication and speculation to say Trump actually won NH without posting facts to back it up.

And you are it up

Own it

Provide the actual numbers of those questions then let's discuss how Trump really won NH.

That will take out implication, speculation and just the pure bs you bought into as it relates to the article you posted.

Bottom line - you can't do it

But do have a great afternoon

Andy158
Andy158

@Fan4500 @TBS You can be sure Kobach is going to hunt for every fraudulent vote he can find. We'll surely hear if there was any significant number. I'd be willing to bet you real money right now there aren't. Kobach has been looking for years. He'd have better luck looking for Sasquatch.

Fan4500
Fan4500

@Nick_Danger @Fan4500 Talk to Philo, I borrowed it from him.

But I believe it was an AJC article or possibly the polling numbers being posted by the AJC that election day.

I'll see if I can find it.

TBS
TBS

Fan ran with implication and innuendo just like Fox and the WT wanted him to do.

Fan4500
Fan4500

@TBS Talk to the people investigating the voter fraud. I just posted the article.

TBS
TBS

It's ok buddy. You have been duped yet again.

Nothing new for you

Fan4500
Fan4500

@TBS Your opinion. Keep your head in the sand.

Voter fraud does exist.

Fan4500
Fan4500

@Andy158 @Fan4500 @TBS Maybe but you have to admit, some of these counties in some of these states have pretty weak enforcement of their rules and laws.

TBS
TBS

You do know you have been duped, right?

Whether you do or not is really irrelevant but I'm just asking.

NH gives people 60 days to get a NH license once they move into their state.

So knowing who these people are why haven't they come up with the list of those who registered with these out of state licenses, voted yet still don't have a NH drivers license.

They already have the list of 6500 or whatever names.

They have the voter rolls and they know who voted using names based on the voter rolls. This would be an easy task to figure out.

Yet you bought the story of these 6500 people who registered without any proof of who voted or not.

But not surprised you were easily fooled.

It would be surprising if you hadn't been fooled. Fox via the Washington Times has painted a picture of a story with implications and speculations but not much fact except for registrations.

You be the first to let us know when it's been verified that all of these 6500 people are still out of staters, they all voted and who they voted for last November.

Thanks

TBS
TBS

The so-called logic over emotions folks sure let their emotions outrun their logic a good bit of the time.