It was a rather cagey move via Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The longtime anti-Trumper was barely able to conceal his smirk as he informed the media that should Roy Moore win next month’s Alabama special election to fill the vacant Senate seat created when Jeff Sessions became the U.S. Attorney General, it would be up to President Trump to make the final decision regarding whether or not Moore would be allowed to actually serve in the Senate.
McConnell indicated he has already discussed the subject of Roy Moore with the President and further discussion will take place this week. When a reporter asked the Senate Majority Leader if he believed the stories woman told about sexual harassment against them by Donald Trump, McConnell again appeared to want to smile as he declined to give a verbal response.
Democrats in Congress are said to already be preparing a full-on “If Roy Moore isn’t fit to be a senator then Donald Trump isn’t fit to be President” campaign. More troubling is that some among the Republican leadership are quietly but enthusiastically supporting the effort which is already being prepared by Establishment Media contacts as well. You can be sure Mitch McConnell is among those helping out the anti-Trump cause. Keep your eyes and ears open for the media’s soon-to-be repeated attempts to compare and contrast Roy Moore to Donald Trump in the coming days.
Things are once again about to get very ugly in D.C.
When the House passed a preliminary tax reform bill earlier this month the Republican Senate leadership moved quickly to slow the process. The effort has been led (again) by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The primary motivation for the delay isn’t coming from a desire for more time to further review the steps toward eventual tax reform passage but rather to muddy the waters and ultimately ensure it is as weak and ineffectual bill that will provide as little political momentum for President Trump.
That is how deep the dislike for Mr. Trump goes among some of DC’s most powerful political elite.
“He (McConnell) has no intention of seeing a potentially successful tax bill sent to the President’s desk. If something does come out of all this it will be very weak tea – nothing more.”
That is the word from a source who remains close to the ongoing tax bill deliberations.
What McConnell is doing with the tax reform debate has recent precedence – namely what became the disastrous attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. If that repeal had been successful it would have given POTUS Trump a significant political victory. McConnell and others within the GOP worked to ensure no such victory would happen – the needs of the American people be damned. They are now drawing from the very same playbook to halt needed tax reform.
Just this week McConnell told the New York Times he couldn’t promise some Middle Class Americans wouldn’t see their taxes increase under the current proposed changes to the tax code. Those remarks set off a near-instant behind-closed-doors firestorm among Republicans outraged that Mr. McConnell would be so willing to give Democrats and the media ammunition against those actually pushing for real and needed tax reform.
And just today this same Senate Republican leadership indicated it wanted to eliminate corporate tax rate deductions in the bill altogether with a half-hearted promise to revisit the issue next year. This was a direct jab at the Trump White House which has made a reduction in the corporate tax rate a centerpiece of the changes. POTUS Trump is said to be fuming at McConnell’s willingness to play games with a process that would, if done with their interest in mind, benefit millions of struggling American families and businesses.
McConnell doesn’t appear worried. He defeated the President’s desire to repeal and replace Obamacare and likely feels just as confident he’ll defeat the President again on tax reform.
In the meantime, all of America except for the special-interest elites who fund much of Washington D.C., will suffer.
While Establishment Republicans in the Senate will attempt to publicly dismiss it as grassroots silliness, behind closed doors they are far more worried. The same populist movement that put Donald Trump into the White House is now coming for them and first on that list is current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Conservative Leaders Urge Mitch McConnell to Resign
The Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, and the Senate Conservatives Fund called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the rest of Senate leadership to resign over their inability to pass President Donald Trump’s agenda, which includes repealing and replacing Obamacare, confirming federal judges, and funding a southern border wall.
The grassroots conservative leaders chastised the members of Senate leadership, which includes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY). The conservatives argued that the Senate leadership should resign to make way for more effective lawmakers who will enact the president’s populist agenda.
…David Bozell of For America explained that McConnell remains incredibly unpopular, elaborating to say that McConnell has a 9 percent popularity in his home state of Kentucky, 18 percent popularity nationwide, and 40 percent net negative unpopularity among Trump supporters. He added, “The time is now for a leadership change.”
A few reporters asked the panel of conservatives whom they would support to replace McConnell as majority leader of the Senate. Martin of Tea Party Patriots and Ken Cuccinelli of the Senate Conservatives Fund suggested that Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) could serve as a great replacement. Martin said that Perdue was “CEO of a Fortune 500 company; he knows how to lead.”
Cuccinelli explained that his Senate Conservatives Fund plans to target seven out of the eight Republicans who will run for re-election in 2018, which includes Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Dean Heller (R-NV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and John Barrasso (R-WY), a member of Senate leadership. Cuccinelli revealed, “We’re targeting everyone except for Ted Cruz.”
It is Trump Republicans vs Establishment Republicans.
The War of 2018 is underway.
POTUS Trump has had enough of pretend Republicans doing nothing especially when it comes to opportunities to help the American people. Figures like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, Establishment relics who are vainly trying to cling to power have repeatedly proven to be the greatest obstructionists to the Trump agenda than any Democrat in Congress.
So with that as his backdrop, Mr. Trump is now waging an all out assault on getting a major tax cut to the American Middle Class – obstructionist Republicans be damned.
Via the NYT:
Trump Will Work With Either Democrats or Republicans to Achieve Tax Overhaul
“If we can’t get 60 votes, we’re prepared to use reconciliation to get it done,” Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said at a CNBC conference on Tuesday.
The comments come as the White House and Republicans in Congress are working to release the outlines of a plan to overhaul the tax code sometime later this month. Mr. Mnuchin said that he remained hopeful that a tax bill could be passed by the end of the year.
POTUS Trump has laid out some general and lofty tax reform goals. Whispers indicate he’s willing to concede some of those as leverage to getting a bipartisan bill through Congress – a signal the President is pivoting to his lifelong experience as a deal-maker. The first six months of his presidency has been marred by Congress’s repeated rebuke of the President’s agenda.
It appears POTUS is now prepared to amp up the public pressure to try and force Congress to get something done and stop worrying about merely holding on to their House or Senate seats.
Word is this approach is working which could set up a very successful and ultimately beneficial 2018 for the American people.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had no intention of allowing POTUS Trump to claim a victory over the disastrously failed Obamacare legislation. Instead, both members of Congress orchestrated pathetic shams disguised as reform and peddled it to an understandably underwhelmed Republicans in the House and Senate while at the same time pushing away any potential help from Democrats.
Ryan and McConnell wanted the bills to fail because their lobbyist masters demanded it so.
Among the few open and honest voices in this failing has been Kentucky senator Rand Paul. Here’s Senator Paul’s take on the matter:
The Senate Obamacare bill does not repeal Obamacare, it keeps it.
It keeps the majority of the Obamacare taxes. It keeps 10 out of 12 of the major Obamacare regulations. It allows continued, unsustainable expansion of Medicaid beyond the poor and disabled. It continues the idea that insurance should be subsidized by the taxpayers for nearly everyone, and it has a $200 billion dollar bailout for insurance companies.
It’s not what I ran on. It’s not what any of my colleagues ran on.
Mr. Paul is right. The McConnell version of “Obamacare repeal” was little more than another version of Obamacare itself. McConnell knew such a plan wouldn’t fly with some members of a slim majority Republican Senate. The failure to pass any repeal of any form was intentional on his part.
The true intent is to paint D.C. politics as frozen in place by a chaotic and unqualified Trump White House. It is why Speaker Ryan is so quick to comment to the media about whatever nothing-burger anti-Trump propaganda is being promoted by the press that day. Ryan is far more motivated by anything that further embarrasses and isolates Donald Trump than he is toward anything that could actually benefit America.
Ryan put forth a House bill that would never reach POTUS Trump’s desk.
McConnell did the same in the Senate.
Both men were taking orders directly from the insurance and drug company lobbies.
As for the needs and interests of everyday Americans?
Ryan and McConnell couldn’t care less.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might as well also call himself the Democrat Minority Leader too given his penchant for behind-the-scenes machinations to save much of what is a failed Obamacare boondoggle. McConnell’s reasons are quite simple – his desire to maintain power. He and other Establishment Republicans fear a media backlash should they move forward with a full repeal and replace of Obamacare. That fear is a sad and undeniable testament to just how cowardly self-serving the Republican Party leadership truly are.
This latest report from CNBC confirms the growing belief among many within the party that McConnell’s allegiance lies firmly with himself, his Establishment cohorts, and NOT the American people:
…A bill focused on buttressing the nation’s insurance marketplaces will be needed if the full fledged Republican effort to repeal much of President Barack Obama‘s health care law fails, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. It was one of his most explicit acknowledgments that his party’s top-priority drive to erase much of Obama’s landmark 2010 statutes might fall short.
What McConnell is now signaling is an effort to actually SAVE much of Obamacare.
More than a few believe that has been his intention all along.
There is no difference between Democrat and Republican.
The only difference is that between those who wish to put American first and those who do not.