As the dust settled on last week’s non-vote to repeal Obamacare, that very dust turned into flying fur as President Trump took to Twitter (odd, huh?) to attack members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, many of whom he blames for the plan’s failure. Let this be a reminder to all that this President is not exactly a traditional Republican, and he’s spent his life doing deals. If you aren’t at the table, you are probably on the menu.
Our own U.S. Senator Pat Toomey this week was much more circumspect about the “Repeal and Replace” implosion, expressing displeasure that the House couldn’t get its collective act together but maintaining hope. We would remind our friends who were dancing in the streets last Friday: The House GOP may have swung and missed last week, but it is only the first inning. Rome, much like Obamacare, was not built in a day. Or even seventy days, for that matter.
Toomey also opined that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed by the Senate, no two ways about it. For those who like to refer to changing Senate confirmation rules as “the nuclear option,” we would say that given how dysfunctional Congress has been out of the gate, the nuclear option phrase may be a tad overused. These folks nuke each other rhetorically every single day. See: Nunes, Devin.
Our other U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. this week spent some time convening a roundtable with law enforcement to discuss the heroin and opioid crisis that is gripping the nation. We were once again reminded by the men and women in blue that we cannot arrest our way out of this crisis.