As the news broke yesterday that President Donald Trump had made a deal with Democratic leadership to temporarily raise the debt ceiling, you could hear a pin drop on the Right.
While those on the Left walked around crowing about victory and feeling as if they had the commander-in-chief right where they want him, some closer examination tells us otherwise.
As for members of the GOP establishment, there’s a reason you could hear that pin drop. The president has officially put them on notice.
If they remain incapable of advancing the agenda he promised to the American people, Trump is more than capable of taking things into his own hands.
Quite simply, the man knows how to make a deal – and that’s not spin or hyperbole. It’s one of his biggest strengths, and GOP leadership would be wise to take some notes as opposed to adjusting their knickers.
Breitbart passes along the gist of the deal.
President Donald Trump reached a deal with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to raise the debt limit, fund Hurricane Harvey relief, and keep the government open until December.
The deal is a warning to Republicans — primarily to the party establishment, which has fought Trump at every turn, but also to conservative Republicans, who have long worried about Trump shifting leftwards.
Here’s what Trump’s priority was for the deal: get some relief for the victims of Harvey.
That’s an issue of immediate concern, and he knew he would have to bend slightly to make sure that went off without a hitch.
When there’s scores of families down in Texas dealing with unfathomable devastation, that’s not the time to be digging your feet in the sand and conducting business in the usual fashion.
Trump had a clear goal in mind. He accomplished it, and he didn’t break much of a sweat while doing so. Debt funding is nowhere near off the table from a long-term perspective, but it has been placed on hold to deal with more pressing measures.
If that’s not a signal to GOP leadership that it’s high time to follow his lead, then it’s unclear what might constitute a clear sign for members of the establishment.
It is no secret that Trump is frustrated with the party establishment, and particularly with congressional leaders, notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who failed to whip his caucus into delivering the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Conservatives were blamed for stalling the American Health Care Act in the House. But it was the moderates who tanked the Better Care Reconciliation Act in the Senate, and the last-ditch “skinny repeal.”
Members of the GOP have been huffing and puffing for years about repealing and replacing Obamacare. The excuse was always that they didn’t have a clear path towards making it happen.
They had one after the election, and they proceeded to blow it.
Republican leaders failed to get members of their own party on the same page, and the end result was a confusing solution that many could not support in good conscience.
Based on that huge black mark, should Trump simply sit on the sidelines as his term moves towards getting long in the tooth?
We think not, and it’s quite clear that POTUS agrees.
By working with Democrats, Trump can bypass the Republican leadership, GOP moderates, and personal foes like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). However, it also means that he can cobble deals together between liberal Republicans and the Democrat minority, leaving conservatives out in the cold.
The only way to stop him is for Republicans to unite. By showing he can deal with Pelosi and Schumer, Trump may have found the one way of making them do so.
Here’s another interesting aside, and we’ll classify this as a solid maybe.
Trump clearly demonstrated he’s willing to come to the table with Democratic leadership to work out solutions. This is the same Democratic leadership that pontificates endlessly about how awful that he is.
How can they possibly do that with a straight face after they just walked around beaming all day yesterday?
They can’t. Additionally, refusal by the Democrats to work with Trump on future issues will not come across well at all.
Trump has shown he can work together. Why can’t they?
Add it all up, and GOP leaders were taken to deal-making school yesterday. As opposed to sitting around in stunned silence, perhaps it’s time to study up and do their part to advance Trump’s agenda once and for all.