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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Gerald F. Seib, Wall Street Journal: Increasingly, Donald Trump is a president without a party. With virtually no Republican votes to spare in the Senate, where his agenda hangs in the balance, he has nonetheless become estranged from two key figures in his own party. First it was John McCain of Arizona, over his defiance of the president on health care. Next it was Bob Corker of Tennessee, who feuded with the president in a remarkable weekend of exchanged insults. As it happens, McCain is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee; Corker is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Thus, the president is alienated from the two most important Senate figures on national security at a time when two critical national-security issues are coming to a boil: the fate of the nuclear deal with Iran and the increasingly dangerous standoff with North Korea.

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Trump has tried to adjust to this growing estrangement from leaders of his own party by opening the door to cooperation with Democrats on immigration and health care. But after seemingly striking a deal with Democrats to protect the legal status of so-called Dreamers -- young immigrants brought here illegally as youths -- he plotted strategy over how to follow through on that agreement with a group of Republican senators over a White House dinner last week.

What emerged was a list of demands that may well blow up any pending immigration deal. To get the Dreamers deal Democrats want, Trump called for, among other things, funding for a wall he wants along the Mexican border, new restrictions on those seeking asylum in the U.S. and punishment for localities that declare themselves "sanctuary cities."

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And the Klown Kar Kontinues to Kareen around Washington...

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-09 05:52 PM | Reply


Somewhat related...

The bizarre situation where only retiring Republicans will talk about Trump's fitness for office
www.vox.com

...Sen. Bob Corker's warning that President Donald Trump's recklessness could set the country "on the path to World War III," issued in a New York Times interview on Sunday, is notable for a few reasons.

For one, this is a critique that many Democrats and even some Republicans have made for some time -- and that even more Republicans are said to make regularly in private.

For another, this is coming publicly from a Republican senator in a conservative state who chairs a major committee, has worked closely with the administration, and has had strong relationships with several of its officials. So when he says he knows "for a fact" that there's no "good cop, bad cop" act underway, we should take him seriously.

But perhaps most noteworthy of all is that Corker only felt empowered to make such a bold critique after he had decided to retire rather than run for reelection in 2018 (as he announced at the end of last month). Only Corker's liberation from the concerns of electoral politics, it seems, has motivated him to say what he truly thinks. ...

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-10-10 12:40 PM | Reply

Headline Fail.
You own him, republicans.

#5 | Posted by squinch at 2017-10-10 12:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

#5;

He's literally the republican party incarnate. It's easy to see the path from Bush2000 to Palin to trump.

#6 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-10-10 12:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Donald Trump is an ass. His constituency are the White Supremacists, the Neo-Nazi and the Alt-Right. His advisors are the scum such as Bannon, Richard Spencer and David Duke. Trump does not represent America. He represents the most vile aspects of American culture. He is the kind of person who does not consider you an American unless you are White.

#7 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-10-10 01:13 PM | Reply

there are several articles that say he is being "worked around"...marginalized to limit his
impact on issues he seems to be clueless about and his constant lashing out at adversaries

#8 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-10 01:23 PM | Reply

Trump's mouth-breathing barking, clapping seals still think their overlord is the one to cure the foul smell coming from Washington. They are so far into the "I Alone" declaration of his ability to 'fix' things and 'drain the swamp' that they cannot understand that in our system of government on one person can 'fix' much.

When the 2018 and 2020 elections come around, these lackeys will try to apply a litmus test to candidates, in the form of judging how much like The Don they are. The candidates, from the reddest of states, will shill for the president, but those who can be challenged from the left will not be shills. Those moderates in the GOP and those running against hard-charging Dems will run FROM the flatulence coming from Trump's mouth, the dumpster fires he sets daily and the flaming bags of dog ---- he leaves for those he calls friends.

Look out Trumpers--your time is coming...

#9 | Posted by catdog at 2017-10-10 01:26 PM | Reply

He is the President the people who voted for wanted. He's vulgar, uncaring, belligerent, bigoted, undisciplined, inexperienced, erratic and a liar. He is the culmination of a decades long effort among republicans to push out the thinkers and the negotiators. If they can't get accomplish what they've been wanting now that they have congress, the white house and then Court then it is only because they have sold their own party on the idea that compromise is weakness and intellect is unamerican.

#10 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-10-10 02:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

#10

NW squared.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-10 02:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Donald Trump, President Without a Party
Meanwhile, and almost exclusively along party lines, every single appointee to the federal bench gets confirmed.

#12 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-10 02:24 PM | Reply

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He has a party-the Dumb Party.

#13 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-10-10 02:32 PM | Reply

Anti-Establishment.

If we could only un-elect all the other life-time members to the club or install term limits.

#14 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-10-10 04:02 PM | Reply

"...or install term limits." - #14 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-10-10 04:02 PM

We've always had term limits. They're more commonly known as elections.

And haven't you noticed: The problem is with other elected officials.

For some reason, people never think that their (congressperson, senator, etc.) is the problem.

#15 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-10 04:08 PM | Reply

--"...or install term limits." - #14 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-10-10 04:02 PM

Please. That old crone Dianne Fiendstein has just announced another run for another term. And this being Cali, she'll win easily at the age of 84

#16 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-10-10 04:11 PM | Reply

Even progressives are sick of her.

"Hours after Dianne Feinstein announced she will run for re-election next year, a prominent California Democratic representative urged primary challengers to unseat the four-term senator.

Arguing it's time for Democrats "to move on" and better represent the progressive grassroots, freshman House Democrat Ro Khanna of Silicon Valley on Monday said he has contacted Rep. Barbara Lee, one of the most liberal members of Congress, and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to urge them to challenge Feinstein's re-election in 2018."

#17 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-10-10 04:13 PM | Reply

He has a party. the republicans own him. the only thing they are mad about him for is that he just went full bore on their policies without pretending they were doing something else

#18 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-10-10 04:14 PM | Reply

Anti-Establishment.

If we could only un-elect all the other life-time members to the club or install term limits.

#19 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-10-10 04:30 PM | Reply

For some reason, people never think that their (congressperson, senator, etc.) is the problem.

#15 | POSTED BY HANS

Agreed. It's strange that the approval rating of the group is in the tank, but when it comes to your own - it's incredibly high.

Collectively we see what they are. I prefer voting for someone knew each cycle. You're right. Elections are the current version of the term limit - it's a lousy system.

#20 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-10-10 04:32 PM | Reply

#19 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-10-10 04:30 PM | Reply | Flag: Identical to #14, from just 28 minutes ago

#21 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-10 04:33 PM | Reply

"Elections are the current version of the term limit - it's a lousy system." - #20 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-10-10 04:32 PM

Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others. - Winston Churchill

#22 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-10 04:36 PM | Reply

Anti-Establishment.
If we could only un-elect all the other life-time members to the club or install term limits.

#19 | POSTED BY PETROUS AT 2017-10-10 04:30 PM

The problem isn't the elected officials. The problem is the larger group of unelected people who have no term or term limits who, if you eliminate all the experienced legislators will then have even more control in DC than they do now.

In term-limited states, lawmakers and their staff have less time to build up expertise, since they are there for a limited time. But like the executive agencies of the state government, lobbyists and interest groups are also there year after year. They are the true repeat players building long-term relationships and the true keepers of the institutional knowledge. This gives them power.

#23 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-10-10 04:52 PM | Reply

More people would come to his party if he wouldn't pee on them.

#24 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-10-10 07:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#17 |

Donald Trump is President and this clown is worried about Sen Feinstein?

That's sorta like worrying about, "a one-party dem country" when the GOP owns the entire government.

Or about nobody antifa when white supremicists have their very own President.

Sometimes I wonder about this Bozo's priorities. They seem to match Major Boaz's.

#25 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-10 10:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"#17 |
Donald Trump is President and this clown is worried about Sen Feinstein?"

Null has become a dotard in old age. Obvious to everyone. Gotta feel bad for those close to him. If any left.

#26 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-10-11 12:25 AM | Reply

Trump doesn't need a "Party." Steve Bannon is going to build him a whole new legislative branch filled with hand picked bobble heads who are dumber and more insane than Trump.

Hint for your portfolio: Invest in strait jackets.

#27 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-10-11 07:42 AM | Reply

More people would come to his party if he wouldn't pee on them.

#24 | POSTED BY MONTECORE

OTOH, it does attract those who enjoy being peed on.

#28 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-10-12 07:50 AM | Reply

The Republican Party got Trump elected and then embarked on their class warfare agenda, a sharp contrast to most of Trump's campaign promises. They are protecting him as long as they can, because he serves a useful purpose for Ryan an McConnell. They have succeeded only once with the vile appointment of Gorsuch, causing McConnell to cream his jeans.

At least Corker is speaking out, even as he leaves politics. The rest have no balls and continue to protect their moron.

#29 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-10-12 08:31 AM | Reply

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