Key Take-Away: These are some good Take-Aways. I think the Foreign Affairs angle is spot on. And I predict it will come back to bite us in the ass. The Filibuster Proofing Angle is worth watching. I think they have at least 70 votes +. I also agree this puts enormous pressure on House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he’s essentially a lame-duck. If he wants to leave a legacy, he might just buck the Freedom Caucus.
Key Take-Away: There is not one point Ezra makes I can take issue with. The Primary goal was funding of CHIP. That was accomplished. The Second Goal was keeping Immigration Reform in the news. That was accomplished. The Third Goal was protecting the flank of those 10 Senators up for Re-election in 2018 in states The IDIOT won. That was accomplished. The Fourth Goal was getting some assurances from Sen. Mitch McConnell of Regular Order on Immigration Reform. That was accomplished. The Final Goal was creating Triangulation amongst The Republican House, The Republican Senate and The Republican White House. That was accomplished.
I understand I’m looking at this from a Center Left POV. But that’s my Worldview. I’m Pragmatic/Moderate. I also understand that Progressives, in General, will either hate this deal or be lukewarm to it. I understand. My comment would be that Elections Have Consequences. And very rarely does the Party not in control of power get its way. So stay engaged. Stay enraged. And keep holding folk accountable, even when they make choices you disagree with.