Okay, so the guy cradled his water cup with two hands. Obviously, he didn’t want to drop it for fear that if he did people would say he has neurological issues and is dying of a combination of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and probably had a stroke as well.
And of course, if he let his mouth get too dry, he would end up saying “United Shtates” agai, and Joe Scarborough would be calling for his removement under the 25th Amendment.
But it’s fine, CNN is just having a little fun.
However, let’s be clear, there is no comparison between the Trump water break Monday during his national security speech and Marco Rubio’s during the response he gave to an Obama State of the Union address. Let’s have a look.
Here is Trump, taking in his water. Two hands, yes, but confident and unapologetic.
Now look at Rubio. Notice the growing fear in his eyes as he realizes his mouth is getting dry. Frightened, worried “how this will look,” he grabs the bottle of water, moving so quickly and guiltily that he looks like he is stealing it from a dehydrated child. Or like a gazelle taking a last sip out of the waterhole before a pack of lions descends on him from just behind the camera.
Looks like it’s over. The tax cut bill is going to pass the Senate, as GOP Sens. Marco Rubio and Bob Corker reversed course and said they would pass it.
Corker said something was better than nothing:
“This bill is far from perfect, and left to my own accord, we would have reached bipartisan consensus on legislation that avoided any chance of adding to the deficit and far less would have been done on the individual side with items that do not generate economic growth,” Corker said in a statement. “But after great thought and consideration, I believe that this once-in-a-generation opportunity to make U.S. businesses domestically more productive and internationally more competitive is one we should not miss.”
Rubio, who held out for child tax credits for people who don’t even pay any taxes, finally got enough of what he was demanding so that he could campaign in 2020 or 2024 for president on his achievement.
Democrats will now begin their 2018 campaign fusillade against the bill as a corporate giveaway. It’s not, as I mentioned, what one would have expected would be the only first-year major legislative achievement of a president who ran against the status quo. But if the economy holds up, the tax bill will become more popular.
Once we find out what’s in it. Republicans having rushed the legislation through, we’ll have to pass the bill to know what it contains.
Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday in a party-line vote.
“It’s a little bit of a departure in the vote count than things have been in the past on nominations like this, but I certainly respect everyone’s ability to cast votes in the manner in which they wish,” committee chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said after the vote.
Tillerson carried the day on the strength of 11 Republican votes, while all 10 Democrats opposed the nomination. That result came about as one GOP senator who had seemed inclined to vote against him — Marco Rubio of Florida — and one Democrat who hinted at supporting him reverted to party lines.
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