Just another word for nothing left to lose

I’m not a fan of the Freedom Caucus, but let me get this straight: Paul Ryan writes a health care bill that only 17% of voters support (with 56% opposing), that is projected to cause 24 million people to lose health care, that calls from constituents oppose 35-to-1….and it’s all the fault of the Freedom Caucus that the piece of shit didn’t become law?

Paul Ryan, like conservatism itself, can never fail, he can only be failed.








It’s all over now








Juliet was waiting with a safety net

Trumpcare isn’t dead yet. I won’t be surprised if the Freedom Caucus caves and votes for it this afternoon. If you live in a district with a Republican Congressional representative, get on the phone and tell them to vote against it pronto if you can. Try district offices as well as the DC office.

Things will get worse, not better, for Republicans if they pass this piece of shit onto the Senate. But there’s a real risk of this thing passing, becoming a law, and ruining millions of lives. So let’s kill it now while we can.

Update by Dave Anderson








I lay traps for troubadors

This is a sad story. I’m glad at least that this guy has come to his senses about Trump and I hope others do before more damage is inflicted on Americans, whether they voted for him or not:

Beginning in January 2016, Kraig Moss traveled to 45 rallies, belting out songs in support of Donald Trump and telling the story of his late son, Rob, who died three years ago from a heroin overdose. In this way, the musician earned the title of “the Trump Troubadour,” a true believer said to symbolize “the voice of unheard America.”

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But this bill backed by the president “disgusted” him. He no longer sings songs about Trump, and he now wonders if any of his sacrifices were worth it.

[….]

“The one platform that I was just so genuinely involved in with my heart was the one thing that he just turned right around,” Moss said. “He’s turning his back on all of us.”








Tuesday’s gone with the wind

I’m assuming that the Freedom Caucus will get Trump to cave in completely to their demands on AHCA, even if those demands make it impossible for the Senate to pass it without a filibuster. I’d like to think that at a certain point, these turn off the GOP moderates. Maybe that’s starting to happen:

The Republican push to replace Obamacare – backed forcefully by President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan —is in jeopardy, as a last-ditch bid by the White House to win conservative support late Wednesday appeared to repel moderates.

Moderate Republicans huddled with Speaker Paul Ryan and House leaders for nearly two hours Wednesday night but emerged without consensus. Immediately after exiting the meeting, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), leader of the House’s moderate Tuesday Group, panned the bill, known as the American Health Care Act.

“After careful deliberation, I cannot support the bill and will oppose it,” Dent said in a statement upon leaving the meeting. “I believe this bill, in its current form, will lead to the loss of coverage and make insurance unaffordable for too many Americans, particularly for low-to-moderate income and older individuals.”








Turn and face the strange

No one could have predicted:

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday that his health care proposal must change to pass the House, marking a significant retreat from his earlier position that the carefully crafted legislation would fail if altered.

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Ryan backed away on Wednesday from his previous rhetoric of calling the measure’s fate a “binary choice” for Republican lawmakers.

Why did he start off with all his my way or the highway bullshit? Caving in now just makes him look like a low t beta. Paul Ryan is handling this they way Fredo would.








Is Trumpcare Trump’s Katrina?

W was never as beloved as establishment media made him out to be, but it is true that his approval rating really started to crater around the time of Hurricane Katrina.

The last few days have been pretty rough for Dolt 45. His approval is down six points with his disapproval up six in Gallup.

In the last week, his strong approval rating dropped seven points with strong disapproval up five in Rasmussen’s poll. And here’s the chart for his overall approval from Rasmussen.

(I realize Rasmussen is a right-wing poll, but I their numbers are meaningful relative to their previous numbers.)

Update 1 — by Dave Anderson Trump falls when he presses standard Republican policy proposals as they do nothing for his base and he stabilizes or rises to low negatives when he is punching the weak. So my plan is to keep on talking policy all day long every day of the week.