By J. D. Heyes
(NationalSentinel) Politics: If House Speaker Paul Ryan’s overarching goal in putting forth a questionable Obamacare “repeal” bill was to sabotage President Donald J. Trump and prevent him from claiming an early victory in his administration on a key campaign pledge, it worked. The bill was so bad that he couldn’t even get a majority of Republicans in the House or Senate to sign on, despite all the political capital the president expended in the effort.
Now Trump may be opening the door for Democrats to sabotage future Republican efforts to accomplish anything. If today’s Wall Street Journal is right, the president is pivoting to Democrats, and likely, Democrats who are vulnerable in 2018 having to run in states that Trump won, to help with his agenda. If he’s successful, Democrats will be able to claim that they know how to govern and that Republicans are too divided and too self-centered to govern effectively.
The Wall Street Journal notes:
The White House sent a warning shot to congressional Republicans that it may increase its outreach to Democrats if it can’t get the support of hard-line conservatives, a potential shift in legislative strategy that could affect drug prices, the future of a tax overhaul and budgetary priorities.
Days after the House GOP health bill collapsed due to a lack of support from Republicans, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus brought up the idea of working with Democrats multiple times, leaving little doubt that the White House intended to send a message to the hard-line Republican flank.
“This president is not going to be a partisan president,” Mr. Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.” He said that while “I think it’s time for our folks to come together, I also think it’s time to potentially get a few moderate Democrats on board as well.”
This is particularly noteworthy coming from Priebus, the former head of the Republican National Committee. No doubt he, along with advisors Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway and quite possibly even his daughter, Ivanka, may have had a hand in convincing Trump to shift to those “moderate” Democrats who hail from states like West Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio who face tougher-than-expected reelection fights following the president’s resounding victories in those formerly purple-to-blue states.
If Trump is successful with much of his agenda getting Democratic help, imagine what a sell that would be for Democratic leaders like Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is no doubt already hard at work figuring out how to defend Democratic senators in pro-Trump states next year. And imagine if Democrats work with Trump to fix the Obamacare disaster; Democrats are being blamed for the destruction of the American health care system and rightly so, but if they could “own it” in a positive way – by helping Trump fix what’s broken – that would be a political coup of some accomplishment.
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Meanwhile, that would leave Republicans and most of their leaders frozen out of the process. They’ll be seen once again as “the party of No,” and what’s worse, they’ll be saying “no” to the most populist president to come along in more than a century.
If Americans are left with the impression that not only can’t Republicans govern, they can’t even get along with each other, good luck with that impression moving forward, boys and girls.
The downside is that once Democrats do hijack the agenda, the country will once again begin barreling down the road to full-on socialism, which will be our demise.
Then again, there are coming opportunities to do big things with mostly Republican support, such as tax reform. Trump has said he probably should have taken that on first, and maybe so, but if so, that’s on Ryan and GOP leaders who “know the ropes” much better than Trump and should have steered him in the right direction.
We’ll see what shakes out. As for me personally, I agree with Janine Pirro; Ryan has a lot of explaining to do.