Politico has another reason why Donald Trump is doing so well. The GOP is structuring a plan on Obamacare to do an end run around Senate Conservatives while making it look like they’ve done something on Obamacare.
Follow along with me.
According to Jennifer Haberkorn and Rachael Bade, [mc_name name=’Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’C001053′ ] says, ““I think we need to find some way to arrive at something like a Ryan-Murray II and if that’s one of the mechanisms that gets us there, I’m all for it.”
Remember, the Ryan-Murray plan was a tax increase that conservatives opposed. Cole and others, at the time, relentlessly attacked [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ], [mc_name name=’Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B001283′ ], [mc_name name=’Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’L000577′ ], [mc_name name=’Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’H001057′ ] and others to their opposition. We know that is where the GOP is headed because Cole also said, “I would prefer that [spending deal] to a dead-on-arrival repeal of Obamacare.” Got that? He wants something President Obama will sign.
That means it won’t do anything to undermine Obamacare because the President won’t let them undermine Obamacare. But, it gets better.
[mc_name name=’Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’B000575′ ] gives us this gem:
“My view is there will be some effort here to be sure that members who voted for the budget with the reconciliation capability in the budget feel like its used in the way that they expected that to be used,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of the Republican leadership.
So they’re going to legislate by feeling?! WTF?! They’re going to not repeal Obamacare, not cut Obamacare, not reform Obamacare, and not undermine Obamacare, but they are going to try to convince members of congress that they are doing something so they feel good about it.
A middle school class of kids in high water pants would be more competent at legislating than this crowd.
We all know Trump is probably going to fade over time. But as long as the Washington Republicans are playing games with their own side, Trump’s power continues as a giant “F” and “U” directed toward Washington.
There are very few other people on the campaign who can pivot on this issue and take ground from Trump. They happen to be named Cruz, Paul, and Rubio. The Senate and House leadership is setting them up nicely if they’re game to try.