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.
Key Take-Away: Ouch! This article is a continuation of the piece from the day before with additional details. I will say it again, The IDIOT is in way over his head. This is complicated by his deteriorating mental capacity, which makes him ripe for the picking. This is a brutal piece.
We are seeing why some folks chose to go to work for him. They simply would not have this much involvement in crafting legislation in other Administration. Power corrupts. And power, unchecked, is deadly. It’s time we pull the plug on this shitshow.
Key Take-Away: This is what quality reporting looks like. Bravo Politico Reporters. John Kelly is a problem. It is quite clear that Republicans want the #TrumpShutdown to occur. It is also quite clear that The IDIOT is not respected. If you’re President, you don’t agree to Bipartisan Deals TWICE in one week and have them killed by your staff. Now you have your reason why John Kelly is still COS and hasn’t resigned. He and Stephen Miller along with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS 1st) are running the Government. Having an ineffective, clueless POTUS allows them to enact the policies they want. This is pretty much a Coup.
Key Take-Away: I have said for years that the Republican Party is NOT a Governing Party. They are a Campaigning Party. A Party that is great at Opposition. But they have been exposed as outright frauds with respect to positions that had been considered Core. It doesn’t help that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS 1st District) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are woefully incompetent. I expect that regardless of what happens today or the coming days, they will pay a severe price in 2018. And deservedly so.