Monday, July 10, 2017
Coming Apart at the Seams
It's almost too grotesque to watch. The wheels are falling off the GOP wagon. Even with a unified government - control of the House, the Senate and the presidency - the Republicans are unable to repeal Obama's Affordable Care Act and replace it with a gutted version of their own.
For all their legislative majorities, the Republicans are much too divided to deliver even their flagship objective, erasing Obamacare. One group wants the federal government out of healthcare entirely. Another, the Ryan-McConnell crowd, want healthcare gutted enough to free up money for yet another hefty tax cut for the richest of the rich. Then there's the third group who see their own re-election in peril if Obamacare is scrapped.
It's gotten so bad Trump is actually threatening members of his own party, vowing to intercede against them when next they have to stand for office if they defy his will. Trump knows they're making him look bad, weak and he's preserved that job for himself.
Imagine what it must be like for the Republican rank and file. You almost certainly support one of the three factions and probably reject the other two. That doesn't do much for party cohesiveness and harmony. Whatever path the Republicans take, even if they do nothing, there are going to be plenty of pissed off Republican voters.