President Trump has been made to look the fool. So much for "the art of the deal." But he didn't help himself by backing the very flawed health care bill.
One thing they could do now is to have Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price just begin rolling back all those secretary "shalls" that his predecessor, Kathleen Sebelius put in the original legislation. I'm not sure why this hasn't been mentioned.
It's funny that the Republican leadership tried to do exactly what the Democrats did do: pass the legislation without knowing what was in it. Those who say the Republicans don't know how to govern have a point. They made a debacle of this.
What worries me most, however, is the man at the top. He doesn't know how to govern either. I'd like to think any other businessman we might have put in office would have been a quick study, but not so for Mr. Trump. He's bellicose in a controlled way, he thinks procedure doesn't matter, and he attacks every and any body who he deems is against him. This is not the stuff of leadership.
He won't stop tweeting, using the excuse that it's his way of connecting with his base. But when it's always negative, does the base stick with him? I doubt it. At least not for long. Soon, they're going to realize they've been duped in their desperation for something other than rule-by-ideology, when they should've been looking after the needs of the country.
He was a buffoon when the campaigns started, and he remains one still. He has appointed some very good people, but some of his closest advisers are suspect to say the least. They have their own agenda and have found Trump can be manipulated.
I fear he has already become enclosed in the "bubble" that seems to encompass all of Washington. Those in opposition to him will run circles around him because he doesn't know how to combat said opposition. He's too accustomed to the positive results he receives from bullying and disparaging.
We're in a state of flux these days. How it will all shake out is anyone's guess. My guess is it will go to those who best play the game. And right now, it's not the Republicans!