Posted by: maboulette | April 6, 2017

Trump Has Already Screwed Himself by Writing Democrats off


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President Trump seems to be realizing, a little late, that writing Democrats off put him at the mercy of Republicans in Congress. If he can’t get nearly all Republicans to agree on something, he can’t have it.

WEAK NEGOTIATING POSITION

Despite being an alleged dealmaking expert, he put himself in quite a weak negotiating position, which is sad!

DEAL WITH DEMOCRATS

So Trump is talking up his desire to deal with Democrats on healthcare and infrastructure, giving him an additional possible counterparty if Freedom Caucus Republicans won’t play ball.

DEMOCRATS

But I don’t think Trump has understood how much he’d have to give up, policy-wise, to make Democrats willing to work with him. Democratic voters hate Trump. If Democrats are going to cut deals with him, they’re going to have to be confident they can go home and show their voters they got the best of the negotiation.

BEING A JERK

And he definitely hasn’t realized that being a jerk makes it harder to get both Republicans and Democrats to do what he wants.

HEALTHCARE NOT GOOD START

He could have started with infrastructure and tax reform instead of healthcare. He could have made good on his initial overtures to Democrats, proposing to them an infrastructure package they would have found enticing, even if it came packaged with tax cuts. He could have sprung this on Republicans at a time when they didn’t feel empowered to stand up to Trump.  But he didn’t do those things.

GOP ANNOYED WITH TRUMP

Now, Republicans in Congress are annoyed with the president, sniping at each other, and no longer so afraid of what can happen when Trump tweets. They’ve confronted him once and survived — why not do it again? Democrats smell blood in the water, and are much more motivated to repudiate Trump assistance and enjoy his failures than to work constructively with him.

FAILED DISASTROUSLY

Trump didn’t just fail disastrously to make a deal on healthcare. He put himself in a position where his counterparties distrust and disrespect him even more than they used to, risking his ability to make deals in the future, too.

WHITE HOUSE PLAN

We’re hearing a lot of different things since healthcare failed,  about what the White House will do next: They’re on to tax reform; they’re going to tax reform and infrastructure at the same time; healthcare reform actually isn’t dead, they’re still working on it; Democrats will deal on healthcare once they realize Obamacare is unsustainable.

BLAME GAME

Trump’s blame went to everyone else:

  • The Freedom Caucus saved Planned Parenthood;
  • Democrats killed the bill through their obstructionism;
  • You should all watch this very special episode of Judge Jeanine.

The blames are most telling. Trump would like to do all sorts of things, and he’d like Republicans and Democrats to help him. But both parties are less motivated to work with him than they were two months ago, and instead of kissing up and making nice, he’s lashing out.

NEW QUESTION FOR PRESIDENT

My question now is – if those around Trump have almost all had meetings with Russians, and there is nothing wrong with these meeting; why have all of these people lied about these “secret” meetings?.

What do you say Mr. President?

 

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