|This man in the White House is trying to be|
intimidating. It ain't working
With the collapse of Trump's "repeal and replace Obamacare idiocy, I nominate Steve Bannon.
No, I don't have any sympathy for him, but if news reports are right, he's turned into the picture of pathetic.
A lot of these reports are not wonderfully sourced, so I don't trust them completely, but the descriptions of Bannon during this debacle are striking.
Bannon fancies himself a tough guy, the authoritarian boss who gets things done. He can bully anyone into submission, and he will push until he gets his way. Or so he thinks.
The web site Axios reported that hardline conservative Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus went to the White House as the Trump administration lobbied them to go along with the Obamacare repeal.
Bannon reportedly told the Congressmen: "Guys, look. This is not a discussion. This is not a debate. You have no choice but to vote for this bill."
If anything, such attemps at bullying probably prompted the GOPers to dig in their heels against the bill.
Axios said one of the Congressmen replied to Bannon: "You know, the last time someone ordered me to do something, I was 18 years old. And it was my daddy. And I didn't listen to him, either."
Now, apparently, the recalcitrant Republicans are on Bannon's "shit list."
Oooh! A shit list! How scary!
Apparently, the Republicans against Trumpcare are going to face he wrath of Bannon and Trump, but the pair have repeatedly proven they are paper tigers, so there's that.
There's nothing more laughable and silly than a bully trying to bully people who aren't afraid of the bully.
Meanwhile, there was a little bit of premature celebrating among some Republicans, particularly a GOP super PAC, which launched television ads Friday evening encouraging viewers to thank their Republican reps for killing Obamacare.
The ads ran during "March Madness" NCAA college basketball tournament games Friday, so there were a lot of viewers to see it.
The ads said in part, according to The Hill:
"'Republicans are keeping their promise, with a new plan for better health care,' one of the American Action Network advertisements said. 'Thank (California) Congressman Darrell Issa for keeping his promise and replacing the Affordable Care Act with the better healthcare you deserve."
Here's the ad: