Well, what did you expect?
He was going to charge into D.C. on a white horse, wave a magic wand and every Democrat in town was going to fold up their tent and go gently into the night? That a political rookie with zero legislative/elected experience was going to make all your post-Obama dreams come true, pronto? That the Messiah from New York would walk on the Potomac River?
Did you really think that a guy who spent a large chunk of the primaries trashing fellow Republicans was going to get them on board across-the-board just like that, like a kennel of servile puppies? Or that “full repeal” of Obamacare was going to pass at a finger snap?
It’s almost comical, isn’t it? Some of the very same people who expended boat loads of ink and hot air crucifying any Republican who expressed concerns about Donald Trump, Candidate are lining up to jump ship over “full repeal fumbling” of Donald Trump, President.
Be careful what you wish for.
The political fall-out from Friday’s failure to advance the ball on Obamacare repeal continues. Basically, it boils down to: If you were a full-throated, pedal-to-the-metal Trumper who bashed any Republican who wasn’t, how’s that crow taste? If you were/are a tepid, reluctant Trump supporter because the alternative was unthinkable, you’ve got some wiggle room.
If you fall into the former category, sorry. Naw. Not really. I have little sympathy and even less respect for Republicans who blasted Republicans who had reservations about The Donald, but are now poised to abandon the S.S. Trump over healthcare. Because:
- Friday may have been a game changer.
- Campaigning, speechifying and blustering aren’t quite the same as governing and actually Getting Something Done.
- Welcome to the Big Leagues.
- Fickle, Thy name is ‘Republican’?
Because post-Friday, uber Trumpers have basically two options:
- Jump ship (and go where, exactly?)
- Be patient. Give the guy a chance.
There’s also this:
ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2017
I think he means “implode,” not “explode.” But you get the idea. In time, Trump may get it right and get the federal government out of healthcare altogether so the market can breathe free.
Meanwhile, did I say “two options”? Belay that. If you were a vocal, active Trump supporter who excoriated Republicans who weren’t, then at least have the courage of your convictions. Have enough spine to be consistent. Own him. Because he’s yours.