No de­cent plans in Congress, just lies, in­tra­party squab­bling

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

We are wit­ness­ing some of the most spec­tac­u­larly ab­surd po­lit­i­cal gam­bits in Amer­i­can his­tory un­fold right now be­fore our very eyes. The first comes from Democrats in Congress, who want to some­how blame col­laps­ing Oba­macare on Repub­li­cans. That’s right. The Democrats who lied about Oba­macare.

“If you like your doc­tor, you can keep your doc­tor,” Pres­i­dent Obama lied.

The Democrats who hud­dled in dark­ness with pow­er­ful lob­by­ists to write the Oba­macare bill. The Democrats who hid the Oba­macare bill from the public and even their own mem­bers in Congress.

“We have to pass this bill so that you can find out what is in it,” said then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat.

Democrats heaved the bill through with­out the help of one sin­gle vote from Repub­li­cans. Now, pre­dictably, Oba­macare is col­laps­ing. Pre­mi­ums are sky­rock­et­ing. Mar­kets are crash­ing.

All of this is — some­how — Repub­li­cans’ fault. Pres­i­dent Trump’s fault. This ac­cord­ing to Democrats, by which I mean also the me­dia.

To be sure, Repub­li­cans in Congress should be hu­mil­i­ated — if politi­cians were ca­pa­ble of such a thing. They had seven years to come up with an ac­tual plan to re­peal Oba­macare.

Now they have the chance to do just that right this sec­ond and they flinch. They cower in dark­ness, ter­ri­fied that as­sum­ing the lead­er­ship that vot­ers have given them, it might just cost them their po­lit­i­cal ca­reers.

Who cares about your health and your doc­tor and your health in­surance … these spine­less clowns need to keep their jobs.

But some­how blam­ing Repub­li­cans for the catas­tro­phe that Pres­i­dent Obama, Mrs. Pelosi and the en­tire Demo­cratic Klep­to­cratic Regime gave us? That’s in­sane.

That is not to say that Repub­li­cans will not some­how man­age to take the fall for it. They are spec­tac­u­larly stupid at pol­i­tics and fall for Democrats’ Road­run­ner car­toon tricks ev­ery time.

Mr. Trump, how­ever, is not one of them and he will not fall for that stupid trick.

The sec­ond spec­tac­u­larly ab­surd po­lit­i­cal gam­bit we are watch­ing this sea­son is this open ef­fort by Repub­li­cans to some­how blame all of their prob­lems on Mr. Trump.

The in­tra­party squab­bling within the GOP has reached lev­els we have not seen from ei­ther party in at least a half-cen­tury.

We see Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McConnell fret­ting over Mr. Trump’s sup­posed “ex­ces­sive ex­pec­ta­tions” that Repub­li­cans who con­trol both houses of Congress could ac­tu­ally per­form the very sim­ple task they have been promis­ing vot­ers for the past seven years.

Mr. Trump is not the only per­son in Amer­ica, ap­par­ently, who shared this “ex­ces­sive ex­pec­ta­tion.”

Then there is twice­failed pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Sen. John McCain of Ari­zona who dra­mat­i­cally flew back to the Se­nate from his surgery sick bed to de­liver the death blow to Oba­macare re­peal. This, de­spite a prom­ise to Ari­zona vot­ers that he would lead the ef­fort to re­peal Oba­macare.

Again, how it is Mr. Trump’s fault that the pro­fes­sional, ex­pe­ri­enced politi­cians in Congress failed to re­peal Oba­macare is be­yond any ra­tio­nal think­ing.

It is al­most as if Repub­li­cans in Congress — along with Democrats — are de­ter­mined to find a Repub­li­can some­where to blame for it. Charles Hurt can be reached at churt@wash­ing­ton­times. com and on Twit­ter, @charleshurt.


Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McConnell has been promis­ing to re­peal Oba­macare for seven years now.

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