That’s the only word which describes the Republicans’ inability to pass the bill to repeal Obamacare in a House they control.
After President Donald Trump demanded House Speaker Paul Ryan schedule a vote on the bill last week, the joke was on Trump.
Acting like he was still in campaign mode, Trump gambled that his defiance would force Republican members to vote for the bill. It didn’t.
Ryan drudged over to the White House Friday afternoon and informed the President he was pulling the legislation because he lacked the votes to pass the bill.
Rewind to 2010 when Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi successfully used public intimidation and behind-the-scenes cajoling to force her caucus to pass the nearly 3,000-page Obamacare bill so that “we can see what’s in it.”
But that’s the difference between Democrats and Republicans. At big moments of political importance, Democrats win while Republicans fight. For seven years, GOP members fought a useless battle to repeal Obamacare, knowing none of their bills could pass the Democrat-controlled Senate, much less gain two-thirds majority of both chambers to be veto proof.
Now GOP members are fighting against each other to repeal an entitlement program that even Democrats have said is unsustainable. The bill certainly wasn’t perfect but it was a start. As Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz noted: “We appear incapable of passing a bill that all the conference has run on for multiple election cycles. I don’t know if we could pass a Mother’s Day resolution right now.”
Following such an epic failure on a core issue of Trump’s campaign, one would think Ryan and the President’s response would be to work harder and try again.
Instead, Ryan declared: “We will proceed with tax reform,” which is even a more contentious topic for Democrats. Good luck with that.
But total blame can’t be levied at Ryan. Equal or more blame rests on the shoulders of Trump, the head of his party, whose response was to blame the GOP Congress.
“A lot of people don’t realize how good our bill was,” Trump insisted.
That’s probably because instead of selling it to Americans and Congress, he was too busy tweeting insults at Arnold Schwarzenegger and doubling down on wiretap conspiracies.
Why would Trump insist that Ryan schedule a vote for a bill that attracted only 17% of GOP House members’ support and couldn’t pass?
People voted for Trump to get the job done. Not walk away from the responsibility of the job! Obamacare must be repealed and Trump’s job is to roll up his sleeves and make a deal.
Even though Democrat President Barack Obama rode into office in 2009 with control of Congress, he spent one year making sure he had the votes to pass his bill.
It’s called work, negotiating, cutting deals ensuring his signature campaign issue and legacy got passed before Democrats lost control of Congress, which they did in 2010!
Republican President Trump thinks having a super-majority in Congress means sitting in the comfort of the oval office, dictating orders to GOP Congressional members. Perhaps that kind of bullying works when you’re a billionaire orchestrating “the art of the deal” but not in governing.