Democrats love to think of themselves as cantankerous, ornery, and independent, but when it comes to falling into line, nobody does it better.
They marched in lockstep with Barack Obama on health care, which they had to in order to pass the bill, even though it wasn’t perfect for many of them. It wasn’t single payer, for one, but they took what they could get. Democrats used to do the same thing for Bill Clinton. Not a single Democratic senator voted to convict him after his impeachment.
But Republicans today are scattering, frightened that their own reelection prospects are threatened and holding personal animuses toward Trump. I think that’s what drove McCain’s vote against Obamacare repeal – Trump’s campaign comment that he likes people who weren’t captured. And yet Trump himself almost always forgives his adversaries, even putting Reince Priebus, who opposed him, in as chief of staff at the beginning of his administration.
The newspapers today are filled with Republicans saying things like “That’s a good thing, right?” – a comment to Politico by South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the third-ranking GOP leader, about moves to establish more congressional independence from Trump. “It’s important that Congress assert its authorities under the Constitution and be an equal branch of the government.”
So all of a sudden it’s about high principles. But by abandoning Trump, Republicans are abandoning the conservative base that put him in the presidency. Not repealing Obamacare is a non-starter. It’s what they were elected to do. If Republicans decide to go to war with Trump, or even just oppose him too often or on key votes, they will lose their seats, and possibly their majorities, as GOP voters figure it doesn’t matter much wither they go to the polls or not.
Let’s see. I hate cliches, but so many come to mind given how obvious and even pedestrian this mistake is.
Digging your own grave.
Shooting yourself in the foot.
Cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Yup, yup, yup.