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Ob­struc­tion from Democrats is ex­pected. Pres­i­dent Trump, how­ever is get­ting some heavy-handed push­back from his own party — and Amer­i­cans see it.

A new CBS News poll finds that only 23 per­cent of the over­all pub­lic say GOP law­mak­ers are help­ing Mr. Trump’s leg­isla­tive agenda. Among Repub­li­cans them­selves, a mere 13 per­cent be­lieve their party’s law­mak­ers are en­deav­or­ing to help the pres­i­dent.

“As Congress leaves Wash­ing­ton for sum­mer re­cess, nearly nine in 10 Amer­i­cans say it didn’t get much done. Most — par­tic­u­larly Repub­li­cans — feel frus­trated about that. Un­der­scor­ing this sen­ti­ment, Congress con­tin­ues to get dis­mal over­all rat­ings from the pub­lic. Seventy-three per­cent dis­ap­prove of the job they are do­ing, six points worse than in Fe­bru­ary,” the poll re­ports.

It does not help that Congress has only sched­uled 12 work­ing days in Wash­ing­ton be­tween now and the end of Septem­ber. It also does not help to know that 2018 will dawn in just over 20 weeks.

Mean­while, an­noy­ance has grown over Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell’s per­ceived in­abil­ity to cre­ate enough mo­men­tum in Congress to re­peal and re­place Oba­macare. Vot­ers are not happy with this. Nei­ther is the White House. Mr. Trump has sug­gested Mr. McCon­nell step aside if he’s not on board to be pro­duc­tive; the Ken­tucky Repub­li­can, in­ci­den­tally, has a 22 per­cent job ap­proval rat­ing among all Amer­i­cans, ac­cord­ing to a new YouGov poll.

But wait. An­noy­ance with Mr. McCon­nell has ex­tended far be­yond the na­tion’s cap­i­tal. It has, in fact, found its way into the sun­dap­pled land­scape of the far North­east­ern United States, where ma­jes­tic pine trees loom over glacier lakes and the thought process is di­rect and on point. Our old friend “Deep Woods” — a long time ally of In­side the Belt­way — is now of­fi­cially vexed.

“It oc­curred to me as I watched Mitch McCon­nell stand up and give ex­cuses about the fail­ure to jet­ti­son Oba­macare that the only thing which con­cerned him was the pos­si­bil­ity of los­ing his stand­ing lunch reser­va­tion at The Palm. Aloof,” Deep Woods ex­plains, adding a dis­creet but choice ex­ple­tive.

And about that lunch date. The Palm Restau­rant is a tra­di­tional steak­house es­tab­lished in 1926 and lo­cated a few blocks north of the White House. For those of us who do not get to The Palm much, the lunchtime menu in­cludes: Clams Casino, Cae­sar salad, prime New York strip steak, Nova Sco­tia lob­ster and cheese­cake.

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