“Everybody knows what needs to be done to fix it, and I think everybody is coming to accept that they’re not going to happen,” said Sara Fagen, a White House political director under President George W. Bush. “And the reason they’re not going to happen is the person at the top of the food chain is not going to change. This is the new normal. This goes down as one of the worst weeks he’s had politically and P.R.-wise, but I don’t think anything will change.” [The New York Times]
SOMEBODY had to go and the one person causing all of the problems can’t be kicked out.
President Donald J. Trump’s failures in governing since being inaugurated have now culminated in Republicans humiliating themselves fully and completely while revealing they don’t have a clue how to govern.
Instead of making speeches to sell health care, Trump was encouraging cops to use excessive force.
Instead of working with Republicans on health care, Trump made a scorched earth political speech to the Boy Scouts of America.
Everywhere Trump went, organizers had to apologize for the President, generating negative headlines and lots of commotion.
Republicans were in enough trouble on health care without Trump making extra noise.
After caterwauling for 7 years about Obamacare “repeal and replace,” when they had both houses of Congress and the White House, they still couldn’t get it done.
Trump’s reaction to the debacle that is his presidency and has become a waking nightmare was for him was to fulfill Anthony Scaramucci‘s prediction by firing Reince Priebus.
It was easy to feel for Sean Spicer, but Reince Priebus is the one who sucked up to Donald J. Trump and cradled him through the nomination process, which was the biggest error of his life.
The Republican Party will be paying for Trump for a long time.
At the same time, two amazing conservative women showed their colleagues what leadership, courage, and legislating is about. Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were heroes for their constituents throughout the entire health care catastrophe orchestrated by Trump and his people.
Senator John McCain heard from Vice President Biden before the health care vote, with reporting revealing McCain has the same brain cancer as Biden’s son, Beau had. Joe Lieberman also tried to get McCain to “no.”
Picking up the pieces inside the White House will be retired general, John Kelly, who was heading Homeland Security.
Barry McCaffrey said on MSNBC’s “11th Hour” on Friday that Kelly would be better off parachuting into Raqqa, Syria than going into the White House, but that the American people will benefit from him being there.
Nothing can stop, temper or deter Trump from being Trump.
Newly appointed chief of staff John Kelly is in for a big initiation. For the first time in his life, he’s wholly unprepared for what comes next.