Just How Big a Win for Dems Was Budget Deal? Rush Limbaugh Hates it
I mean just hates it. Which is proof positive of how much Dems have to love it.
“Nothing in This Budget Deal is Defensible, But Sean Spicer Gave It a Shot.”
You can basically say that about every Sean Spicer press conference:
RUSH: You know, the more you get into this, the worse it actually is. Listen to this. This is from the Washington Post story with the headline: “Eight Ways Trump Got Rolled in His First Budget Negotiations.” This, in the Washington Post, is their number one roll, and it’s understandable. The only thing that didn’t get any money in this budget is Trump’s wall. Everything else — including everything Trump opposes — got a budget increase. Try this: “There are explicit restrictions to block the border wall.”
There are. There are other restrictions too, like Jeff Sessions’ Holy War on pot and Trump has to put forward a plan to defeat ISIS before getting a chunk of defense spending funds. Congress also made it clear he needs permission for any further action against Assad in Syria.
“Congressional members didn’t just snub Donald Trump on his border wall: They also used the $1 trillion spending deal hatched over the weekend to rein in the president’s powers.”
“Lawmakers want the Trump administration to lay out a detailed plan to deal with the Islamic State and Syria’s Bashar Assad. So they tucked in a provision in the 1,665-page spending plan to withhold $2.5 billion in defense funds until the proposal to battle ISIS is produced.”
“Because Republicans and Democrats don’t want Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his Justice Department to muck around with states that allow medical marijuana, they included language in the bill barring the anti-pot attorney general from interfering with those laws.”
“The measure also contains three separate reminders for Trump, who did not seek congressional approval before launching missile strikes against the Syrian government last month, that he must obey the War Powers Act. That law limits his ability to send U.S. troops into combat without a congressional vote.”
It really is a great budget. Rush has every right to hate it and his complaining is just one more feature: in funding the government properly it will also demoralize Trump’s base. So far Trump has had some level of Teflon with his supporters. There was even a report about a Trump voter who didn’t want Obamacare abolished but would still support Trump even if he did.
Trump so far seems to be able to secure loyalty with his base no matter what but not to his ideas.
Donald Trump is an effective salesman, but he’s a terrible propagandist. And when it comes to the big things he and the Republican Party want to accomplish while he’s president, the ones that require legislation, his inability to shape public opinion could be their undoing.
But let’s hope Rush and friends manage to demoralize some of the Faithful over this good, very good, great, excellent budget deal.
Chuck Schumer and the Dems on the other hand should take a victory lap:
“Democrats’ lopsided victory on the five-month deal, which is likely to be approved this week, means it will be very difficult — if not impossible — for the GOP to exert its will in future budget negotiations, including when it comes to Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint.”
“That’s because Republicans are hopelessly divided over how much to spend on government programs, with a small but vocal minority unwilling to support such measures at all. That has forced Republicans to work with Democrats to avoid politically damaging government shutdowns.”
“And that means Democrats are in the driver’s seat when it comes to budget battles, even with Trump in the White House.”
“I think we had a strategy and it worked,” Schumer said in an interview with The Washington Post. “Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate were closer to one another than Republicans were to Donald Trump.”
“The extra money for domestic programs will now be that much harder to strip out of future budgets, and Trump’s priorities, such as money for a wall along the border with Mexico, could be more difficult to include.”
“We can’t pass anything without them,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), a top deputy to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said of Democrats recently.
“Hill Republicans remain skeptical of, if not openly hostile to, many of Trump’s plans — including the wall and proposals to slash millions from programs such as the National Institutes of Health and foreign aid.”
We can’t pass anything without them. That’s what happens when the part of opposition to government tries to govern.
It just gets better and better. One thing we might takeaway from this: the best negotiators might be those who don’t tell everyone they’re the best negotiators.
“The Daily 202: Eight ways Trump got rolled in his first budget negotiation.”
THE BIG IDEA: Perhaps the best negotiators are not the people who tell everyone that they are the best negotiators.
But Democrats are surprised by just how many concessions they extracted in the trillion-dollar deal, considering that Republicans have unified control of government.
“Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen bragged during the campaign: “He’s an amazing negotiator, probably the best in this world.”
The Dems get the better of the best negotiator in the world! Who would have thunk it? As Jon Oliver would say Everyone! Everyone! Literally, everybody!!
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