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March 25, 2017


K.N. McBride

Trump is irrelevant to the discussion. This is entirely the fault of the Speaker.

The minimum standard of competence for House Speaker is the ability to draft a bill that your caucus can pass. Add in the fact that your party has been running on the issue for four election cycles and this should be an amazingly simple task.

Choose your sports metaphor - easy lay-up, open goal, low hanging pitch - however you want to describe it, this should have been an easy win.

That it was such a botch is why I think Ryan and his cronies never want to fix the problem - it's too good of an election issue.

Trump's role was merely to serve (as he frequently does) as a clarifying lens, a mirror to reflect the truth of how Washington works. He told the GOP Congress to put together a repeal bill - a bill they've voted to pass dozens of times over the last six years - and they promptly fell flat on their faces.


I like Judge Jeanine Pirro, and usually agree with her. But I think she's wrong on this one. Trump is no dummy; he's been around the block a few times. He knew all about the backstabbers, phonies and self-serving elitists in DC when he stepped into this job. If he thought he needed counsel and guidance on how to navigate the treacherous waters, he ought to have brought on board aides who are more shrewd and perceptive than the ones he has. Reince Priebus is most likely to blame for this fiasco, as he's supposed to have the President's back.


“I want to be clear, this is not on President Trump. No one expected a business man to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process. How would he know which individuals upon which he would be able to rely?”

Jeanine Pirro, quoted on Breibart.


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