President Trump Vs. the Gang on the Hill
Now that President Trump has come barreling out of the gate, and has profoundly dismayed and shocked the Washington elite and the media, by actually doing what he said he would do, who are his most dangerous opponents? How about proceeding by elimination.
It's not David Brock. The sweaty-forehead attack dog of progressives might be trying to position himself as the phoenix of the Democratic Party, leading them out of the ashes of electoral defeat. But he is clearly disliked by many in his own party, and is seen as a narcissistic fundraiser, who does their causes little good. And who achieves little in terms of electoral triumphs. Progressive knives are out for David Brock, who'll have to watch his own back even as he tries to bear down on the President.
It's not even the progressive left itself. To be dangerous, you have to be effective. To be effective, you have to convince people. The radical academics and professional protesters, with their insufferable badges of "intersectionality" pinned to their chests and pink p...hat woolen caps, have and will attack every single thing President Trump's administration does and says. They will cry "racist white male wolf!" until they are hoarse, and until the rest of us are deaf and sick and tired of the abuse.
It's not snipers like John D. Gartner of Johns Hopkins Medical School, who has delivered a prognosis of Trump as a "malignant narcissist", without ever having met, talked to, or properly diagnosed the president.
It's certainly not mainstream media, who are fighting to win back voters' trust, and maybe get in a question or two - if they're lucky - at the White House press briefings.
It's not even the Democratic Party, with it's minorities in Congress and it's collapsing support at the state level - although big urban centers have been the exception to the party's coast-to-coast electoral washout.
No. Trump's most dangerous opponents - because they are effective - are the GOP Senators, who sit in a tight majority in the upper chamber. And at their retreat in Philadelphia they have been slowly gaining back the power they so cherish. And wield so effectively in ensuring their own careers - and sometimes just maybe a few conservative principles - are defended to the utmost. If not quite to the death.
What are GOP Senators effective at? Why the Senate rules of course! That arcane set of procedures that only a lawyer with 10 years experience in the beltway could actually understand. And things like scheduling the business of the Senate - what bill or proposal gets heard when, in what committee, and before what deadline - decide whether any proposal lives or dies.
And so, it now appears that repealing and replacing Obamacare is suddenly nowhere near as strong a certainty as it appeared to be a mere week ago. As the March for Life proceeds peacefully on Friday in the nation's capital, two GOP senators - Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, and Maine's Susan Collins - have floated a proposal that would actually make it easier to receive public funding for abortions. And there are plenty of other proposals on repealing the ACA, floating around like logs in a swamp.
And of course, Friday January 27 is the self-imposed deadline to repeal the ACA. Now we have a possible March deadline. Or will it be April? And Cabinet hearings? And the Supreme Court nomination hearings? Funding for the wall? And coming down the pike is the 2018 budget resolution. If repeal is not passed before the 2018 budget resolution, then forget about reconciliation when trying to repeal and replace Obamacare. That means back to filibusters and long drawn out battles in Congress - lovingly covered by a salivating media.
So President Trump is now in the battle of his life. And it's not with CNN's Jim Acosta. Or Mexico's Peña Nieto. It's with Mitch McConnell and his aging gang on the hill.
Posted by AllardK at January 27, 2017 7:31 PM
“So President Trump is now in the battle of his life.”
LOL…actually Allard, he is having the time of his life.
Are you serious? This Buffoon has only set himself apart as the only U.S. president thats sole purpose seams to represent the insecure, unstable, teen girls of the world.
His popularity. He has called into question the popular vote like a 13 year old girl running for class president at her middle school. This is an unstable person. He has called into question the popular vote despite facts that dispute his alternative facts.
He has devoted a great deal of energy to dispute visual evidence that he is a president that some people despise.He is incredibly divisive and intellectually limited and yet he has comes off as wounded by the american people acknowledging he is the mean girl, bully that he is.What a joke. Unstable and unqualified.
That’s funny, Andre M. Hernandez!
What’s this thing Democratics have with this word “alternative”. Is that the new knee-jerk catch word brain dead Democratics rally behind?
You’ve got alternative facts, alternative right, alternative truth, blah, blah, blah!
It doesn’t help when you drag out that lying dinosaur Dan Rather to lecture us on Alternative facts. How can we possibly take the left seriously?
Speaking of alternative facts-
The first person called on at the second press conference was from Laura Ingraham’s LifeZette. That ‘news’ source has ran stories about John Podesta participated in an occult ritual involving blood sacrifice; that voting machines were compromised because Soros purchased the company; and that the Clintons have been involved in the deaths of several Democratic operatives.
Just to be clear, none of those things are true. That is an example of ‘fake news.’ It was not just a matter of being wrong, or spin, or bias. Those articles were lies because they were promoted with malicious intent, told even though those people knew they were lies.
And once again, just to be clear: The Clintons have not murdered 10 or 90 people or whatever, Soros never even purchased a company with voting machines, and no, John Podesta does not drink blood at occult sacrifices.
THAT is what fake news look like. It is obviously fake to everyone except Weary Willie, and even WW will probably pause before biting on those.
Trump is not a mentally healthy person. That should have become clear a long time ago. It is bizarre. One thing I always wonder is if people believed “The Apprentice” was real. I never saw the show.
I refuse to feel sorry for any idiot who bitches because he thinks he didn’t win enough. Perhaps he needs his diaper changed. This is truly going to be a long four years if we have to put up with Donny’s incessant whining.
Im sorry weary willie. It was Trumps people who offered up the term alternative facts. Senior advisor Kellyanne Conway coined the term alternative facts.Not the democrats or the main stream media.
Welcome back to WatchBlog.
Thank you so much. I appreciate your kindness.
At least we’re not cluttering up our space with legitimate issues, right?
Weary willie. What issues would you like to discuss?
Weary Willie, I would enjoy nothing more than debate what you called real issues. I dont assume you or I would win that debate. In a nonadvisariel debate we could better understand each others perspectives and ideas without the Red v. Blue. Liberal v.Conservative nonsense that divides our nation. Im in favor of Michigan v.Ohio State. Yankees v. Redsox. Its sport. This is our nation.
I’d be interested in discussing the ratification of the 16th and 17th amendments, and the Federal Reserve Act. The history, as well as the execution of their passage, and to compare the position of the federal government then and now.
I’d also like to discuss the ramifications of the 14th amendment as it pertains to corporations. Citizens were robbed of their humanity with that assumption.
I can honestly say thank you for allowing me to discuss these issues with you. I appreciate it. The sixteenth amendment revolves around taxation. The seventeenth amendment if im not mistaken is mostly about senate representation state to state and the fourteenth is about naturalization and citizenship.What do you want to talk about? Debate? The relevance to this article?
i find it amusing that the author of this fictional tale doesnt defend his position but leaves it up to the faithful followers to argue the nonsense he writes.
Some think AllardK is not a real person, but a name attached to a “bot” that creates these stories. GregB and Keeley fall into that category also. They never participate in the following discussions and their posts end up being catch alls for any topic. I could start a post to discuss my topics if you prefer.
Absolutely Weary Willy. I would enjoy debating with someone who disagrees with my point of view. This is what this country is about. Once again, thank you sir.
Do you still have access to your editor account?
Weary, wear are you? The debate?
Washington elite. See Trump cabinate. Fools voting against there own self interests. Sad. Defending that mistake with baseless arguments. Pathetic.