NYTimes: Trump Stumbles in Closer Role

Trump is always touting his ability to close a deal. He failed with health care the first time around, and the New York Times reports he's faltering as a closer this time around.

If Republicans do manage to broker a deal — as Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, pledged to do during a lively East Room back-and-forth with the president — it is not likely to be because of Mr. Trump’s involvement. Until Tuesday afternoon, the president was largely on the sidelines as the fate of one of his most important campaign pledges played out.

... [O}ver the past few weeks, the Senate Republican leadership has made it known that it would much rather negotiate with Mr. Pence than a president whose candidacy many did not even take seriously during the 2016 primaries. And some of the White House’s efforts have clearly been counterproductive.

The self-created myth of Donald Trump is being peeled away, layer by layer, just like an onion. Pretty soon he'll be standing in front of us naked. (Bob Dylan, It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)...."But even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked.")[More...]

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    It is surprising that (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by KeysDan on Wed Jun 28, 2017 at 03:35:06 PM EST
    Trump did not close on Trumpcare.  The plan has all the ingredients of his previous deals such as Trumpsteaks, Trumpwine, Trumpwater and Trumpuniversity. But, then, like fungus, it was grown and nurtured in the dark and has trouble surviving in day-light.  Who knew funguscare would be hard?

    In accord with the CBO report, 22 million  Americans would lose coverage, and many of those fortunate enough to retain it would end up with insurance that costs more and covers less.

     Allowing states to eliminate minimum health coverage standards (essential health benefits) and permitting annual and lifetime limits on coverage means that those with preexisting conditions would wind up paying more out of their own pockets, even if, in the unlikely event, they could buy coverage.

    Trumpcare would increase deductibles, make insurance skimpier and destabilize markets.  Average premiums would go down largely because the insurance they can pay for would become this side of useless.

    Medicaid cuts shoot right by Obamacare and head toward Lyndon Johnson's legislation of 1965. Of Americans losing coverage, 15 million fewer will have Medicaid coverage--and likely continue to drop after the ten year period.

     In some areas of the country, defunding of Planned Parenthood would result in loss of access to heath care, since there would be no viable alternative. And, cuts to Planned Parenthood would result in thousands of "additional births,"  stretching available funds for additional maternity and pediatric care.

    Trump's sales pitch is handicapped, a bit, in that he may feel that he has to underplay the greatest benefits from Trumpcare--tax cuts, through elimination of the Obamacare taxes on higher incomes, including investment incomes.

     Handicapped, because these tax cuts are enabled by the cuts in coverage on the poor and middle classes.  And, too, following up these tax cuts for the rich, with another tax cut program for the rich is something that, ordinarily*, would need to be sneaked into town (*although, this really holds only for the pre-Trump era).

    So what is a poor Republican to do?  Bad mouthing the CBO has been tried with limited success. There is some urgency: they need a win, repeal and replace.  In the short term, premiums with go up ( up to 20 percent next year) and 15 million fewer Americans will have coverage next year, an election year.  The strategy will be trickery and deceit, of which McConnell has a bountiful supply.

     Number One trick will be to get those awful numbers to go down..22 million fewer, not an easy task since the bulk of that is in Medicaid--the desired candidate for the chopping block. Maybe, less meanness in other areas, save for Planned Parenthood--also off limits. And, Number Two, distract Trump--the easiest thing Republican senators can do.

    in an odd way (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 28, 2017 at 04:12:46 PM EST
    the very awfulness of this senate bill may be what gets them across the finish line.  when  you start with 22 million, a bill described as cartoonishly evil,  if they come back with something that only takes care away from, say, 15 million, it may give the wavering "moderates" the "victory" they need.

    i dont think this will happen.  i think this thing is Humpty Dumpty.

    its almost funny that in the face of the failure of everything else the "horror" of bipartisanship is being discussed.


    The majority (none / 0) (#7)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Jun 28, 2017 at 05:47:24 PM EST
    in the senate really want to just fix Obamacare. The votes would be there for that but McConnell would never ever let anything as popular as that come up for a vote. And it would be Hillary's plan that they would basically be passing if they could. Can't let Hillary get yet another dig in at the hapless Republicans I guess.

    This is lose/lose for the GOP.


    What's become abudantly clear is that (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Anne on Wed Jun 28, 2017 at 05:12:26 PM EST
    Donald Trump's reality bears little or no resemblance to what I think most of us understand reality to be (and i have to say "most" because the Trump base has clearly bought into that Trump reality).

    Basically, he's a giant id upholstered in an orange human suit, who thrives on chaos.

    He's what would result if a threesome of Jon Lovitz's The Liar, Ted Baxter and Mr. Burns from The Simpsons got together and managed to have a baby.

    Ted Baxter was right - once. (none / 0) (#6)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Jun 28, 2017 at 05:31:58 PM EST
    The NY Times is preaching to the choir. (none / 0) (#1)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Jun 28, 2017 at 02:27:49 PM EST
    Absent a bombshell series of public revelations and subsequent indictments resulting from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of any and all matters arising out of the Trump-Russia affair, I really don't see Trump losing his loyal and hardcore base of support within the GOP itself.

    Even then, it's an open question as to whether that base will finally turn on Trump, or will simply and summarily reject Mueller's findings of fact as "fake news." Let's face it, they're fully invested in this clown, emotionally and otherwise. If all the stuff that came out during the course of last year's election campaign failed to shake their faith in him, e.g., the "Access Hollywood" tape, what will?

    It's not enough for us Democrats and progressives to simply harrumph in unison with a now-indignant mainstream media. We need to reach out to each other and organize ourselves, both politically and in solidarity with one another, and gird our loins in anticipation that the present situation is likely to get much uglier, before things finally start to improve. Our own resolve needs to remain steadfast.


    I agree. I've long (none / 0) (#8)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Jun 28, 2017 at 05:49:14 PM EST
    said forget about the Trumpsters. They are not worth your time. Maybe a few of them realize the horror that they have subjected the country to and are willing to listen but better efforts are spent on finding people who want to vote for us and get them registered.

    Trump Won't Be the First President Naked in Public (none / 0) (#2)
    by RickyJim on Wed Jun 28, 2017 at 03:16:30 PM EST