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The Democrats Did It?

President Trump ‘open’ to healthcare deal with Democrats

In a humiliating setback, U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican leaders pulled their Obamacare repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly.

It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans vote on the legislation Friday, threatening to leave Obamacare in place and move on to other issues if the vote failed. The bill was withdrawn minutes before the vote was to occur.

Trump said Friday in the Oval Office his bill fell short because it lacked support from Democrats, though Republicans control both the House and the Senate.

“With no Democrat support we couldn’t quite get there,” he said. “We learned about loyalty, we learned a lot about the vote-getting process.”

Here’s a hint: the Democrats are the opposition, they are not supposed to vote for your legislation unless you consult with them and allow them to make amendments.

Here is the real problem with the current administration.

A group in Australia found the perfect response for people like Trump.


1 hipparchia { 03.24.17 at 9:34 pm }

how did I ever survive without cheezburger and lolcats? thank you for that one especially.

on a related note, my favorite biologist posts a daily links post, and he’s started topping them with a different loltrump each day. I’m hooked (not that it takes much to get me hooked on science and or lolwhatevers anyway 🙂 ). here’s the first one in the series:


2 Bryan { 03.24.17 at 11:24 pm }

That one is just so appropriate the the situation.

For a ‘deal maker’ and/or ‘closer’ he sure as hell knows nothing about negotiating. “Accept my deal or I’ll see you unemployed” is not how you convince Teapartiers to support you. He really doesn’t have any idea how the government works, and has no one in his office who can explain it. He really thinks he’s king.

3 Kryten42 { 03.25.17 at 5:28 am }

Yep! The great “cow pat”! Appropriately & timelessly symbolic for Governments & officials everywhere! 😆

😆 Thanks Hipparchia!

This might help cheer you up:
Stunning polls show Sanders soaring while ‘TrumpCare’ crashes

Of course, you’d have to get rid of the DNC & EC! Even if Burnie had a 100% rating, he probably wouldn’t actually become Prez. The system is so rigged! 🙁

4 Kryten42 { 03.25.17 at 7:47 am }

My two extremes comment.

This story had me somewhat teary… :'(

He Called Him His Best Friend. Military Dog Gets The Proper Burial He So Deserves

Some people really are just wonderful!
But this! Well, I’m just laughing loudly! 😆

Republicans Land a Punch on Health Care, to Their Own Face

BOOM! Ohhh, the BURN! 😆 😆

Ya know… I somehow get the impression the New York Times isn’t that impressed with the Trump admin! Hmmmm… 😉 🙄

5 Kryten42 { 03.25.17 at 1:31 pm }

Ivanka Trump’s Secret Service detail roiling her D.C. neighbors

So… I wonder how many of them voted for Trump? 😉 😆

6 Bryan { 03.25.17 at 3:58 pm }

As I noted earlier, Bullshit is the symbol of the Trump administration. This was an own-goal. They should have been able to do this easily, but pissed off the Freedom Caucus by giving them orders and then having to back track. When he started offering compromises to them the moderate Republicans bolted. People calling themselves Republicans are a majority in the House, but they don’t agree on what being a Republican means. They have honed opposing things to a razor edge, but know nothing about governing.

Losing a dog or cat can be as bad as losing any close relative. Military dogs are members of the unit and are usually treated like other members.

Bernie never had a chance because Hillary getting the nomination was part of the peace treaty to reunite the party after the 2008 primary. Athletes foot is more popular than Trump 😈

7 Badtux { 03.26.17 at 5:17 am }

Bernie would have had a chance if he’d started running four years earlier and done the requisite rubber chicken dinners in black churches and packing rules committees at the state levels with his supporters and so forth. What’s amazing is that he got as many votes as he did basically starting from zero at the last minute without doing any of that groundwork. Just goes to show how many Democrats were dissatisfied with Hillary, that they were willing to vote for a complete unknown to anybody outside of Vermont despite the fact that he was starting out with no money, no organization, no name recognition, no nothing.

I just hope that the Democrats run someone decent in 2020. Well, and that we still have elections in 2020. 50-50 chance whether Trump will resign at some point between now and then and the Democrat will be running against President Pence…

8 Bryan { 03.26.17 at 12:38 pm }

Since I remember how we got “President Gerald R. Ford” who didn’t stand for election as President or Vice President, the Dems could be facing President Ryan. 👿

The Dems should put forward the Medicare for All bill in every session to keep the concept alive. It is possible that it might pass after the ‘adjustments’ in 2018. I don’t see Republican true believers coming out to support the losers we saw last week.

9 Badtux { 03.27.17 at 11:14 am }

Ford got in because Spiro Agnew resigned and Ford was one of the few people that Nixon could get through the House and Senate with a majority vote, given that the House and Senate were controlled by Democrats at the time. He had a reputation for a bland boring moderate who wasn’t so bright (thus LBJ’s “can’t walk and chew gum at the same time” comment about Ford). A placeholder, in other words.

We don’t have anything on Pence that could force Pence to resign, as far as I know. Pence was an unknown governor from a boring state when he was selected as the VP candidate. Of course, Spiro was also considered an unknown governor from a boring state when he was selected as the VP candidate…

10 Bryan { 03.27.17 at 9:57 pm }

There are rumors about petty stuff that probably isn’t significant, but he is a real Republican, so there is a chance something will turn up.

Agnew was just involved with normal construction pay offs, and corruption. He did get off some wonderful alliteration from time to time. Referring to the media as “nattering nabobs of negativity” was my favorite. Of course I would have “perp walked” him in a blink if I had gotten a chance.

11 Badtux { 03.27.17 at 11:13 pm }

Heh. You should hear the Nixon tapes about that one. Nixon is ranting and raving about “who picks a fight with the press?” while admitting that the alliteration was ridiculously catchy and wishing he’d said it. Yeah, Nixon didn’t like being upstaged very much :).

12 Bryan { 03.28.17 at 2:38 pm }

Dicky and Donny have a lot in common, but Cheeto comes off worse in the comparison.

13 Badtux { 03.30.17 at 12:34 am }

Yeah, Nixon was actually SMART, and not the S-M-R-T kind, either.

And twisted. And crooked. But Donald Trump’s brain is the perfect model for the first AI. All that AI has to implement is 100 words in various arrangements computed to convince people that he’s saying something meaningful when he isn’t. How hard could it be to write such a thing?

– Badtux the Snarky Geek Penguin

14 Bryan { 03.30.17 at 1:32 pm }

Nixon couldn’t take ‘yes’ for an answer. He wouldn’t believe that he was going to get reelected in spite of himself, and that was his downfall. He should have fallen for a lot of big picture reasons, but his pettiness did him in.

He did some good things, substantial things, like the EPA that Republicans have been tearing down ever since.