Trump outreach to Dems unsettling for GOP

Posted September 12, 2017

Trump's deal with the Democrats illustrates as well this iron law of democracy.

There's been plenty of evidence piling up since this summer that Trump is putting distance between himself and the Republicans in Congress, chiefly in the way he has interacted publicly with leaders like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

President Donald Trump ignored seething Republicans and made good on his deal with Democrats, signing legislation that links $15.3 billion in disaster aid to an increase in the USA borrowing limit.

Is this bold bipartisanship? The Congressman guessed that Trump's deal was his way of punching a hole in that narrative while sticking it to the GOP leadership. They're wrong. Every major Republican running a year ago, besides Trump, ran on a policy platform that differed in minor ways only from what George W. Bush had run on in 2004.

Short term, it's a victor for Trump - and Democrats. Chuck Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California - an agreement to fund disaster relief and avoid a showdown by increasing the national debt limit - shocked Republican leaders.

Perkins said he didn't think Trump's most loyal supporters would approve of extended dealings with Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California. "Murray and with other senators and come to a conclusion about what I think we can pass", Sen.

"When you fail to prepare, you get a bad outcome". "I'm going to ask him who was his acting coach, because I know him very well". Dean Heller, R-Nev., to the "Breitbart Embassy" in Washington, the Capitol Hill row home where the ex-White House chief strategist resides and runs the right-wing news outlet Breitbart from.

If Trump had opened his presidency by detailing a major infrastructure plan, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and his colleagues would have had no choice but to cooperate, as Schumer himself signaled at the time.

Inside the GOP conference, dissent bubbles. They're aiming for a vote this month, and have said that the president backs their plan. Trott joined the ranks of Republicans Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, Dave Reichert of Washington, and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania-all of whom hail from what are expected to be highly competitive districts in next year's midterms. The two men dined at the White House Thursday night and discussed legislative challenges ahead for the fall, a get-together that was scheduled over Congress' August recess, long before the head-spinning events of this week. "All he wants are wins right now in order to bolster his image as a deal-maker since there haven't been any legislative victories besides the Gorsuch confirmation". The political costs would have been too high, particularly as Trump desperately searches for openings to establish some semblance of footing and credibility. And now, thanks to President Donald Trump, they may lose it permanently. Deficit and debt hawks blame politicians for pandering to the people, especially Democrats who think the "rich" don't "pay their fair share", and have secret vaults of money they've unjustly finagled from the people, even though the collective wealth of the country's some 540 billionaires couldn't fund the federal government for one year. "Of course I view him as a Republican", said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Another Republican, also unnamed, told Axios that it was like giving "an entire stockpile of weapons" to Democrats.

A president who spent months catering to the Republican conservative wing now appears unbound by ideology and untethered by party allegiances.

It doesn't seem to matter that dancing with Democrats could move Trump to the center. Bannon has been empowered by Trump and now he wants to take over the whole Party. Trump flirted this week with the idea of ditching the grueling ritual congressional vote to raise the limit on government borrowing.

Trump's deal with Chuck and Nancy was to kick the can of the debt ceiling down the road for three months which will keep the government running and to provide disaster relief for the hurricanes. Trump understands the mood of the people better than nearly any other politician of our time and is poised to have the candidates supporting his agenda to win in the 2018 elections, transforming the conservative-in-the-name-only Republican Party and writing "Donald J. Trump" on the ruins of Obama's Social-Democratic Party.