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The @GOP’s Love/Hate Relationship With @realDonaldTrump Is Beginning To Show Hair

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 12, 2016
Day 4: The shit’s starting to hit the fam… er, fan

Donald Trump, the GOP Presidential nominee who appears to have won the 2016 General Election, has reportedly made remarks that he might not, after all, as he proclaimed in his “Contract with the American Voter” that he would “5.) Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines…”

Strike One:
According to his first post-election interview, which was exclusive to the Wall Street Journal, “President-elect Donald Trump said he would consider leaving in place certain parts of the Affordable Care Act,” and that “Mr. Trump said he favors keeping the prohibition against insurers denying coverage because of patients’ existing conditions, and a provision that allows parents to provide years of additional coverage for children [up to age 26] on their insurance policies.”

Regular readers will recall that yesterday I had made the same observation, that portions of the law are worth keeping.

 President-elect Donald Trump leaves a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), at the U.S. Capitol November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC Zach Gibson/Getty Images

President-elect Donald Trump leaves a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), at the U.S. Capitol November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Strike Two:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY, R) has pointedly said he opposes and will refuse Trump’s first order of business in his Contract with the American Voter which is “Constitutional Amendment for Congressional Term Limits.” The Senator, who has been in office since 1984 (32 years), said, “I would say we have term limits now. They’re called elections. And it will not be on the agenda in the Senate.”

Strike Three:
Furthermore, McConnnell has also said that he’s opposed to infrastructure spending.

Strike Four:
McConnell said also that, “When people were voting for change, they didn’t decide they wanted to change the Republican Senate.”

Would you like another cup of hubris, Mitch?

A thought I had about Donald Trump during the Presidential Campaign went like this:

Wouldn’t it be interesting if he was a “Democrat in Republican clothes”?

In other words, wouldn’t it be a hoot if he espoused traditionally “Democratic” ideas, and the Republicans went along with him?

He has certainly “earned” popular appeal… but not a majority of the popular vote.

Honestly, as obscene as he was during the campaign, can anyone imagine supporting such an individual?

Seriously.

How in the world?

I just don’t understand it.

To me, it’s like voting for Hitler.

Seriously.

And, even now, there’s talk that he might not last a year, that he’ll be impeached by his own party. And that from a well-known, and highly respected Conservative political commentator.

The Washington Post and The Independent (a UK publication), both published news items about Allan Lichtman, a Professor of Political History at American University in Washington, D.C., who, for the past 30 years has correctly predicted the outcome of the Popular Vote in the General Election, correctly stated that Trump would win. Professor Lichtman also said this about Trump:

“I’m going to make another prediction.
This one is not based on a system; it’s just my gut.
They don’t want Trump as president, because they can’t control him.
He’s unpredictable.
They’d love to have Pence — an absolutely down-the-line, conservative, controllable Republican.
And I’m quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook.”

We’ll see how it all turns out.

Bottom line?

Not only is it true which Trump said that “it’s a ‘rigged’ system,” it’s also true that corruption is rampant throughout the entire system – both parties are corrupted from within.

 

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One Response to “The @GOP’s Love/Hate Relationship With @realDonaldTrump Is Beginning To Show Hair”

  1. I agree. The establishment GOP opposed Trump as much as they could during the campaign without pissing off the base. But when Trump’s half-baked, divisive policies crash and burn, as it appears they will, Trump will blame the establishment Republicans for his failures, and try to get them ousted in the primaries in favor of like-minded cronies. If they’re not already thinking this, they should be. The smart move for them would be to take Trump out first, installing Mike Pence, a philosophically scarier guy, but a more in-line Republican in terms of policy.

    Trump has a minority of the electorate, but a majority of the conservative base. He’s surrounded by his enemies on both sides of the aisle. But where he differs from the Republicans, he tends to agree, sort of, with the Democrats. Trump could actually strengthen his position by working on things like infrastructure with them. It fits his narrative as a deal-maker who will break up Washington gridlock. That’s dangerous for the Paul Ryan contingent. They can’t risk being out maneuvered come mid-terms. Especially with one of their own waiting in the wings.

    Seems to me that a fight’s a-coming.

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