Can I take credit for this? (Can you stop me if I decide to?) Can I theorize that they read my Monday morning missives calling them quitters and declaring the Democrats their vast superiors when it comes to achieving policy goals, and they decided, “What the hell is wrong with us? We can’t let this Calabrese guy say that about us!”
Of course, I was far from the only person to say such things. And whether you agree with me that the House Freedom Caucus foolishly botched the first attempt, or agree with Rob that the leadership failed by offering an awful bill after having seven years to work on it, the fact of the matter is that there’s no excuse whatsoever for giving up and throwing in the towel after barely two months of working on it.
It’s not exactly breaking news that the Washington Post lies. We’ve been down this road before. And you should always be very skeptical when any media outlet claims that it “has learned” something without telling you how they supposedly learned it. But you can’t learn something that ain’t so, however much you may want to pretend otherwise. So if you were skeptical when you read this, stick a gold star on your forehead:
The good news, if you want to look at it that way, is that the left has suddenly decided there are limits on the executive authority of the president. Not the silly ones in the constitution, mind you. They have no use for those and never did, which is why they had no problem with any abuse of power by the lightbringer Obama.
Maybe all the blowback to Friday’s surrender press conference caused him to rethink whether Republicans can really just “move on to the rest of their agenda” and leave ObamaCare in place. Or maybe the whole thing was a rope-a-dope to put pressure on the dopes who saved ObamaCare in the first place.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan told Republican donors Monday that he intends to continue pushing for an overhaul of the nation’s health-care system by working “on two tracks” as he also pursues other elements of President Trump’s agenda.
You can call me an unprincipled RINO if you want. Let’s see if you say the same thing about Republican Congressman Ted Poe of Texas. He’s one of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus. He helped found it because he believed Republicans should push for conservative legislation wherever possible. I believe that too, for what it’s worth.
Democrats’ policy ideas are terrible. They damage this country. They invariably expand the scope of the federal government and war against the productive sector. They make problems like poverty, crime and moral depravity worse. They promote corruption. They accrue debt.
To summarize, their policy ideas suck. Left unchecked, they will destroy this country.
Republicans are not perfect by any means, but their policy ideas are superior to those of the Democrats in almost every conceivable example.
After seven years of telling us they would repeal and replace ObamaCare at the first opportunity, the Republican House worked on it all of 63 days before apparently deciding it could not do so - despite a Republican majority in the Senate (however small) and a Republican president prepared to sign the bill.
Did they ever intend to do this in the first place?
Paul Ryan declared at his press conference of defeat that the GOP will now move on to the rest of its agenda, and that ObamaCare “will be the law of the land for the forseeable future.”
This may be a day of endless uncertainty when it comes to the fate of ObamaCare, but we have finally achieved certainty on one thing: The Keystone XL pipeline is going to be built. This morning, the Trump Administration granted the final permit for the project to go ahead:
The United States has issued a presidential permit for TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Canadian company said on Friday, ending a years-long battle between environmentalists and the industry over whether Washington should approve it
There was no vote Thursday for an obvious reason: As it stands right now, there’s no bill that has enough support to pass the House. So the work continues to try to come up with one. But per the White House, that work had better not take very long:
Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney made clear Thursday evening that President Donald Trump is done negotiating on the hotly-debated health care bill and wants a vote on Friday.
I’m torn about covering this at all because it’s so stupid. But that’s kind of why I have to. The media are forever looking for creative ways to make it appear conservatives simply hate . . . whoever. Minorities. Gays. Muslims. If they can twist or contort something that happens so as to advance the “conservatives hate everyone but white male Christians” narrative, they will do it. And they’ll take advantage of trivial news to accomplish that end.
I’ve waited until now to comment on this mainly because there have been much more important things to comment on, which is sort of the point I’m trying to make even in the course of weighing in on it. Tomi Lahren is a 24-year-old woman who somehow got herself a show on The Blaze and has a knack for conservative commentary so blunt that it goes viral with impressive regularity.
That’s fine, I guess, but once a person gains status in the “conservative movement,” we tend to see said movement demonstrate that it still hasn’t learned not to take itself so damn seriously. Because once our star disappoints the “movement,” it is treated as a crisis of almost biblical proportions.
Here’s a pattern you’ve probably noticed about the way the media deals with President Trump. When his literal words might be off target but his meaning can be justified, his literal words are all that matters. But when his literal words turn out to be accurate . . . well, that’s not what he meant!
Did the Obama Administration wiretap Trump Tower? Or were there some other form of FISA surveillance that Trump clumsily described as a wiretap in a very specific building? We’ve already dealt with the surveillance question, but the media rejects that because that’s not specifically and literally what Trump said. He said Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. They’ve been telling us for weeks that there is no evidence this ever happened.
I sometimes get frustrated with conservatives who treat Supreme Court nominations as if they are nothing more than a means to stop abortions - not that this isn’t important, but you’d think the federal courts do nothing that matters aside from deciding whether Roe v. Wade will stand or fall. But let’s be fair here: Democrats are every bit as obsessed with this if not more so. Even if they’re only doing it to check a box with their most ardent pro-abortion backers, they cannot in any way get through a nomination hearing without trying to find some way to trip up a Republican president’s court nominee on the issue.
Nope. It wasn’t an Irish Catholic nationalist. It wasn’t a right-wing tax-cutter. It wasn’t a Brexit activist.
The guy who showed up and proceeded to mow people down at the British Parliament today was, according to the UK’s Independent, exactly what most terrorists are. He was a radical Islamist, because . . . because of course he was:
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