It must be nice living in The Sims world Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich created for themselves. In their Sims world, they’ve exercised various cheat codes to free Donald Trump of any responsibility for what he does wrong. In The Sims, you live the life of somebody else. If you forget to wash the dishes or throw out the garbage, flies will buzz around, reducing your happiness. The game, like many others, have cheat codes allowing players to do whatever they want without suffering consequences.
For Gingrich and Hannity, they used their cheat codes to relieve the greatest negotiator alive of his culpability for the failure to get the AHCA passed. Donald Trump, the supposed genius dealmaker who plays 5D chess and sees 94 moves ahead of everybody else, was apparently duped by Paul Ryan into thinking everything was copacetic with the AHCA when in reality, it was doomed to failure.It is remarkable to watch. Hannity and Gingrich behave as though Trump wasn’t involved at all with the AHCA and now has the “opportunity” to show the United States what a brilliant genius he is and take over for Ryan to get something done:
Can you imagine for a moment, Donald Trump having Heritage Foundation policy people over to the White House to do a deep dive into an Obamacare replacement? If you think about it for a moment you can vividly picture an uninterested Trump, nodding along, eyes glazing over as a wonk from Heritage discusses essential health benefits mandates.
Trump finally snaps out of it and says, “Who wants pizza?”
Trump has no interest in doing any of what Hannity suggests. Trump just wants something to sign. For him, being able to put his signature on a bill and show it off for the cameras like a high-school kid showing off his diploma is much more important than the details of what he signs. He’ll spin the legislation as the greatest thing since sliced bread no matter what it is.
With that in mind, Paul Ryan is better off not involving the White House at all. He’ll have more success working it over time with other members of Congress, getting it passed and over to Trump for his signature. Involving King Dealmaker this time around proved to be a flop.