The Healthcare Hangover

Saturday, March 25, 2017
by Patrick Dorinson

After the House Republican leadership pulled their Healthcare bill from the floor it was reported that there were loud cheers coming from the Democrats as they exited the chamber.

My guess is that the cheering was followed by a night of wild revelry and celebratory drinking as they raised their glasses cheering the imminent demise of the GOP as their press agents in the mainstream media were already predicting that this would sink Republicans in the 2018 mid-terms.

On the other side of the aisle there was probably a lot of drinking as well but for different reasons.

The conservative Freedom Caucus were probably celebrating the defeat of the leadership bill and puffing out their chests that they had once again foiled the RINOs.

The Tuesday Group of moderate Republicans were drinking to drown their sorrows that the leadership caved to the Freedom Caucus on too many issues.

And the remaining members of the Republican Conference who supported the leadership and their bill were drinking heavily because they are at a loss as to where things go from here.

All this drinking probably yielded more hangovers in Washington than New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo combined.

There is only one place in the nation’s capitol that didn’t awake this morning with a throbbing headache.

That place is the second floor residence in the White House because President Trump is a teetotaler and is as sober today as he was yesterday when he grudgingly admitted that Obamacare was here to stay at least for now.

And that fact should worry both Republicans and Democrats.

I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that he is already preparing his next moves on behalf of the people not the politicians.

In fact his only Saturday morning tweet told all Americans that “in the end a we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!”

And his comments last evening from the Oval Office were measured as he said it was time to move on to other things.

He also told Democrats that when Obamacare collapses he will be more than happy to talk to them.

Smart Democrats-and there are some-know that this is but one battle and they also know that they still have not won over the American people.

It’s not as if Republicans were trying to repeal and replace a wildly popular law. It is still unpopular and likely to get more so as the year wears on.

And unlike professional politicians Donald Trump is not going to curl up in a fetal position sucking on his thumb as the Washington establishment gloats over this defeat.

For them this signals the end of President Trump and now all they have to do is await the mid-terms in 2018 to get rid of the evil Republican House and Senate.

They are already writing articles that state this very fact with liberal columnists gleeful that they have finally torpedoed him and conservative ones mournful that this is the end of their dreams.

Mind you they are saying all this only 65 days into his presidency.

I can assure you President Trump is not listening to them.

This is a man who has been down before and has always bounced back.

Remember this is the same establishment that said he would never get the nomination and then said that he would never defeat Hillary Clinton.

They were dead wrong then and they are dead wrong now.

Donald Trump has acquired a great deal of wisdom about Washington and how it operates from this experience.

And wisdom comes from experience most of it bad.

He wisely let Republican leadership take the lead on this while still working 24/7 to get it passed thereby demonstrating he was a team player.

But when he finally saw the proverbial handwriting on the wall, unlike the professional politicians, he cut his losses and strategically retreated to regroup and prepare his counterattack.

And it is that counterattack that should worry his bipartisan establishment enemies the most.

In the healthcare debate he let Speaker Ryan and his team do it their way.

I am pretty sure that he has told them that from now on they are going to do it his way.

So here is your Cowboy Wisdom for the Week and it comes from Winston Churchill another leader who suffered defeats but always came back stronger.

Churchill spoke these words as Britain had just defeated the Nazis at the Battle of El Alamein in North Africa. It was but one victory but a very important one.

“No, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps the end of the beginning”.

Churchill knew that wars were not won in one battle. That is true of real shooting wars and political ones both of which he was familiar.

President Trump has had his baptism of fire during the healthcare debate.

He made the mistake of letting others write the battle plans.

He won’t make that mistake again.

And that should sober up a hung over Washington.