Given a choice of whether to persuade or coerce, true believers opt for the latter. — Eric Hoffer
Ryan and his buddies tried to shove their healthcare bill down the throats of other members.
The former chairman and a founder of the House Freedom Caucus emphasized this morning that “good process will lead to better policy,” and the rush of the White House-backed Obamacare replacement bill that crashed last week due to a lack of GOP support was “fundamental” in its failure.
“They rolled it out after it was hidden away. When they rolled it out, they said it’s a binary choice, take it or leave it. Normally when you have hearings on a piece of legislation that impacts this much of our overall economy, you would bring in some witnesses and hear from some witnesses about what’s going to happen if this legislation actually becomes law,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told MSNBC this morning.
“We had none of that. We went straight to mark-up. No amendments could be offered in the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Ways and Means Committee, the Budget Committee,” he added. “And finally they took a manager’s amendment at the last hour to try to get people to vote for it.”
Axios reported that a few days before House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was forced to pull the American Health Care Act from the floor, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told members of the Freedom Caucus, “This is not a discussion. This is not a debate. You have no choice but to vote for this bill.”
It’s not smart to tell someone they have no choice when they think they do have a choice and are ready to prove it to you.
Of course, I’m assuming Bannon wanted the bill passed. I could be wrong about that. But if he wanted the bill to go down, why would he have wanted the Freedom Caucus to get the blame? Or credit?
So far, Trump supporters are still behind him. They aren’t blaming Trump for Ryan’s blunder. But danger lies ahead. Some are advising Trump to work with Democrats. That will be a huge mistake and could be the one thing that could turn his supporters against him. Chuck Shumer and Nancy Pelosi have no intention of “working with” Trump. They may pretend they do, but it will be solely an attempt to snare him in a trap where he loses and they win. They know they can get help from Senate Republicans Susan Collins, John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Lisa Murkowsky to give them a majority on a bill that will give Trump a huge defeat. I hope he is smart enough to see this coming before it happens. Pelosi is cunning and stupid. Shumer is cunning and smart enough to be dangerous.
The truth is the bill that was pulled on Friday was a terrible bill that did not keep the GOP promise to repeal Obamacare. It will be seen, I believe, that what happened on Friday was a good thing, and those few members of the Freedom Caucus are responsible for it and they are heros. The important thing now if to hope Trump doesn’t fall for any Democrat trickery. They are salivating right now because they see an opportunity to whack him in a Barzini trap. Politically, of course.