• Pragerisms

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    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

America the Beautiful….from Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert

From Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert

by Dennis Prager at Townhall.com:

“In a monologue considered witty by teenagers, teenagers in adult bodies and those who hate President Trump, CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert said about President Trump, “The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c*** holster,” and “You’re turning into a real prick-tator.”

Witty?

Not to many of us.

And not just not witty but obscene, which is particularly disturbing because it was broadcast on network television, not cable television.

But more than anything, it exemplified a trend in American life that one could identify without any exaggeration as the unraveling of civil society. To anyone — liberal or conservative — who grew up watching Johnny Carson on late-night TV, the descent from Carson to Colbert is as breathtaking as it is heartbreaking.

Along with virtually every other American, I never knew Johnny Carson’s politics. I would not have been surprised if he was a liberal or a conservative, a Democrat or a Republican. In his 30 years as host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC, he never so much as hinted as to how he identified politically. He poked fun at whoever was in power.

The reason he didn’t let on where he stood politically is he believed that he had a much greater responsibility: to offer Americans of all political persuasions an island of good-natured fun, a place where all Americans could laugh together every night.

And, of course, it is inconceivable that he would have used the language Colbert used. Kids could watch “The Tonight Show” because he — and we — lived in a pre-left age, when grown-ups thought they had a responsibility to be good models to young people — in other words, a responsibility to be adults. But the left has never been comfortable with growing up.

Those who mock the Trump motto, “Make America Great Again,” who claim they don’t understand how anyone could think America was ever great, might begin to understand what many of us mean, in at least this one way: Prior to the Age of the Left, during which we have lived since the mid-1960s, there were places in America where Americans could enjoy life and one another without politics intruding, not to mention hate-filled politics like Colbert’s……..”

There’s more.  Dennis was just starting.   Please read on to know your today’s America better:

https://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2017/05/09/from-johnny-carson-to-stephen-colbert-n2324008

House GOP Eke Out Health Bill to Send to Senate

House GOP Narrowly Passes Obamacare Repeal Bill

by James Arkin  at realclearpolitics:

‘After fits and starts and embarrassing setbacks, House Republicans notched a significant victory Thursday, passing their bill repealing and replacing major portions of Obamacare on a narrow 217-213 vote.

The vote was the result of seven weeks of intense negotiations within the conference and with the White House, bringing hesitant members on board through a combination of arm-twisting and amendments to the legislation.

Ultimately, the vast majority of the Freedom Caucus, who were frustrated the original bill wasn’t conservative enough, and a significant number of moderates who were wary of the effect on their constituents’ coverage, supported the bill. Twenty Republicans voted against it, as did all Democrats.

In remarks at the White House, Speaker Paul Ryan thanked a number of the lawmakers and administration officials for getting the bill out of the House, and thanked Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for their hands-on effort.

“Today was a big day, but it is just one step in this process,” Ryan said. “An important step. We still have a lot of work to do to get this signed into law. And I know that our friends over in the Senate are eager to get to work.”

 The mood for Republicans was jubilant in the Capitol Thursday – Rep. Mark Walker, the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, said it was “a lot of energy and excitement today, not a sigh of relief.”………..’ Please read on:

 

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/05/04/house_gop_narrowly_passes_obamacare_repeal_bill_133794.html

The Importance of Being a Father!

Dennis Prager fan, Bruce Taber sent the beautiful  picture below.

We civilized, that is those of us older than 75,  wonder these days where  the college and university leftist enrolled  savages are coming from, both male and female and everyone in between.   We wonder what  the Black Lives Matter animals and the Madonna  feminazis of the street-left  drink for lunch to arouse their insanity to produce such ignorance and noise so frequently advertised and supported at CNN and the like.

Certainly the feminization of the social sciences at the  American University and the nation’s  Colleges of Education have caused the  abandonment of  teaching knowledge for the advancement of our  human understanding of existence,  environment, and the past.     Certainly these Obama revolutionaries at university and in sanctuary cities   are driven to create armies of  Black Racists, illegal immigrants, and  feminazis of all colors, sexes, shapes and sizes for the coming  “Peoples” revolution.

Atheism and Islamism have replaced JudeoChristianity  as the Leftist nation’s protected religions.

God only knows the number of male black savages, murderers, thieves,  vulgars of all kinds both native and illegals now in charge of geography in so many of our major  cities.    Marriage, the purpose of marriage,  the purpose of raising civilized, well educated, God-fearing off-spring free of drugs and leftist hates  has rapidly been  disappearing from our culture.    Half of our American  white community has been drawn into this same modern snake pit.  They follow politics on CNN and the like.

There is no evidence yet that America has hit ObamaBottom  whether at school, especially with the present feminist hysterics dictating college minds, or anywhere throughout the nation’s Obama sanctuary cities, or  at  CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, PBS, ABC, as well as ratings hungry Fox,  and the nation’s New York Times and Washington Post control over newsprint throughout urban America.

The first and last hope left for our once civilized United States of America still remains within the JudeoChristian  God’s family both human and religious…..a loving, civilized and responsible male father, a loving female mother raising loving, learned, Godfearing children in a traditional democratic society of well disciplined, self reliant, but Godfearing adults who know and care about their neighbors….

It is JudeoChristian Godfearing and learning knowledge we Americans  used to be  raised to rely on during our three centuries of human male growth in leadership and protection……until the anarchic revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, and its Obama/university  feminist and black Racism hate-America revolution revival of the past eight years of cultural collapse.

Most of all, America needs real fathers…..as suggested in the beautiful photo below:

THE UNHOLY TRINITY: Blocking the Left’s Assault on Life …

The Unholy Trinity: Blocking the Left’s Assault on Life, Marriage, and Gender

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“Matt Walsh is one of the most important voices emerging in our movement for a reason. He cuts through the clutter and tells it like it is with a compelling clarity lacking in our culture today. In this book, Matt sounds the shofar that progressivism is more than a political ideology, it is the heresy of this age. I pray many heed his message.” –Steve Deace, Host of The Steve Deace Show and Conservative Review Contributor

“Matt Walsh is one of the last truth-tellers in America. He doesn’t shy away from controversy, nor does he back down from hard issues.” –Ben Shapiro, editor in chief of The Daily Wire.

Twila Brase and the Health Law Makers

The Simplicity of Real Repeal…….by Twila Brase of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
CCHF’s Twila Brase Says 2,700 Pages of a Bad Law and 40,000 Pages of Intrusive Government Regulations Can Be Fully Repealed with Just a Few Words 
Lawmakers are still squabbling about health care, weeks after the American Health Care Act—a supposed replacement bill to the Affordable Care Act—failed in the House on March 24. House Speaker Paul Ryan told The Washington Post that Republicans will continue pushing for an overhaul of the nation’s health care system.The answer, says Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), is not more complicated language, intricate mandates and complex regulations. But instead, true change can happen when lawmakers learn what real repeal language looks like.

“The language in a bill that would truly repeal the Affordable Care Act is simple and straight-forward,” Brase said. “Not only did the ill-fated American Health Care Act fail to repeal Obamacare, it didn’t even replace it. The Affordable Care Act consists of 2,700 pages along with 40,000 pages of regulations, memos and guidance documents. Even so, very simple language could repeal it all. Bills with this simple repeal language are already in existence and deserve to be considered or revisited.”

Brase said lawmakers must take a serious look at the two-page bill from Congressman Mo Brooks (R.-Ala.). H.R. 1718, the “Obamacare Repeal Act,” uses a single sentence to fully repeal this damaging health care law. “Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,” the bill states, according to AL.com.

CCHF is urging lawmakers who are interested in returning real health freedom to Americans to look at Brooks’ proposed measure, along with the repeal language in two past bills that hit the nail on the head when it comes to simplicity.

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Dear Dennis….Don’t Worry….Our Donald Is NOT Finished with the ObamaCare Mess Yet….

Dennis has been my favorite American public figure since November,  2004, that time days before the Presidential election when  twerp of twerps, creepy, con-artist, John F. Kerry,  threatened to invade the White House.    Mind you, I know Dennis is rarely  boring.   But, if you’ve never heard him “lose it”  during his radio show, you’ve missed a priceless verbal performance.

In my world priceless Dennis has slipped to second place on my American political love chart…..no fault of his.   His talents haven’t in any way diminished.  He’s been passed by in these twilight years of my life….

I discovered somebody gutsy, honest,  and new suddenly appeared on our American political horizon the evening when  feminist, Megyn Kelly pasted a number of unattractive words this strange GOP candidate running for the presidency was alleged to  have described in private about some women.   She pasted on this Republican candidate for the  the question whether he felt that foul about all women that debate night at Fox Cable network which advertises its political coverage to be “fair and balanced”.

“No”, the candidate answered with expected honesty……”Only Rosie O’Donnell”, he supplied WITHOUT HESITATION and with TOTAL HONESTY!

The entire audience at Fox, most of whom opposed him as I had as any presidential candidate, much less, a Republican one, exploded with laughter fully aware of the Truth of the matter, for no truer answer could have been said.   View the piece for yourselves….August 6, 2015 on Fox….Oh, my…..He actually declared a pig, a pig…..on television, no less.

Being a former teacher of Russian and Social Studies, I researched for more information….and found him, Donald J. Trump, absolutely loaded with talent, humor, energy, ambition, ego, and guts….and not ashamed or dishonest about it all.

It’s true, folks.  He soon after passed by Dennis as my top American hero….and has remained there ever since……

Dennis was slow on the Donald J. Trump draw for President…..He was nasty about the man.   Dennis, my man, why in hell didn’t you invite Our Donald to chat with you on your show time?    You slipped out of character ignoring, berating him, treating him as some Martian.

You failed to be fair………the only occasion upon my notice….but, enough!!!

…..except Our Dennis is “hugely” honest and he, like Our Donald, LOVES HIS COUNTRY, now so abused and attacked by leftist fascists  in control of the once honorable Democratic Party….feminists, black racists, illegal aliens, college mouthy know nothings, along with the mental  boors controlling education, television news and urban newsprint, and those dictating Marxism at colleges and universities from American coast to American coast.

I presently am trying to recover from knee replacement surgery.   The beauty of today’s morning sent me out early to continue putting  winter in  my landscape garden away for the Spring season.  Radio   Dennis where I live, appears on radio shortly after 11:00 AM Central Daylight Savings Time, it used to be called, so I had about an hour in the grounds before performing my listening to Dennis duties.

Dennis has  been invigorated by our New President….as I knew he would be……I knew he’d come to adore Our Donald as much as I…..for they both, along with me, so terribly love our country and are truly worried about the fascist inroads made endangering our once free society by the recent Obama administration and all of his ilk, including Hillary, and certain Republicans here and there..

I have seriously gardened here in Minnesota where I have lived  for more than 40 years. My landscape garden abuts a pond.  I  have the longest water front,  over 250 feet of shoreline to  the pond which I share with five neighbors….And it’s Canadian Goose invasion time this past week, time when the male-led flocks fight for the right to own their own watering space.   Studying them as they vie for status and position is a rite of Spring at my gardened grounds.    It’s another culture to study especially when  the wood ducks and mallards “Spring”  up at the same time for observation.

For three years I  had seen the same goose couple settle at the same water’s edge next to an attractive concrete bench  overlooking the widest expanse of the pond.     I love spying on  the couple while they arrange their nest.  And there they were this very morning arriving at the same spot doing the same thing Canadian Geese couples do….for they are ‘married’ for life……quite unlike  our modern American marriages these days.

The he goose simply sits in the pond water about four feet off shore, looking mean everywhere with a belch or two of piercing noise, if needed. And the she is working feverishly, skillfully, artistically putting pieces together.   I am mesmerized when I see them together, making their space where the eggs  to be laid and protected.

Last year she laid seven eggs with all of them hatching.   It was a tough April, however, for there were two snow storms one of which nearly buried the mom who was flattened out for about a week to keep the young-uns alive.   I love watching them….I love being outdoors in my gardened grounds……but, I had to leave as spectator in order to listen to Dennis’s woes of our conservative day.

Country before Garden…..but this morning it was a tough decision to make.

Dennis was truly worried about the future of the country….again…as all Americans should be…He moaned about the terrible defeat the Republicans and Our Donald suffered with the failure of RyanCare to replace ObamaCare.

I was disappointed, too….although against RyanCare, I thought Dennis-like, that it would be better to unify the Party behind Representative Ryan.   I am not a Ryan fan….He was loony too often about his ditzy emotional  dislike for Our Donald before Mr. Trump won the critical  election making him President.   Republicans  should have developed  a workable  plan ready to go.   Last Friday, however, the RyanCare plan had to be withdrawn from the House.  The votes to win were not there.

Oh my how the mindless at Fox blasted Trump and administration for the failure…..Television reports Left were even more brutal….”Our Donald’s mystique had been shattered….His Presidency was over the CNN folks memorized.

Dennis was truly upset as well.   I wasn’t.  I was proud of Our Donald for putting the ObamaCare replacement effort into Republican hands rather than his.   (Personally, I am not in favor of universal ObamaCare like “care”.   Health care should not become factory labor,  the ObamaCare way.

There became a mild set back…if Truth were to be told.  Hardly one at all, for Our Donald is still President, despite what CNN, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, ABC, CBS, and Fox, and the fake news of the American Press reported.

Dear readers….do you think for one minute  Our Donald has accepted  the GOP’s Health Care loss as final?   Do you really think it is in his DNA?   Where would it come from?

He will place the bill in his own hands with his own head following many inquiries, will  plot the best bill of them all……and will have it passed with  a margin at that.

I, like Dennis, thank GOD the guy is President….Yes, he’s a TRUE conservative who loves his country……and will  MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

 

Dem Fake News Folks reported from realclearpolitics

Trump: ‘We Learned a Lot’ From Health Care Debacle

by Alexis Simendinger  at realclearpolitics:

Dear readers:  Lefty Alexis represents reporting from the fascistic wing of American politics these days, the  Democratic Party now led by Schumer, Pelosi, Franken, Blumenthal, and feminists of all sexes, colors, shapes and sizes A through Z demanding every American be made equal along with 20,000,000 leftist illegal invaders.

Read carefully each sentence and the in between printed below at rcp.  Which of them bear any Truth whatsoever?  That Donald J. Truth, now President, said “We learned a lot from the health care debacle”, I am guessing, is one, perhaps the only bit of Truth woven into the article.

But, was it a debacle?   Do you think for a moment Our Donald has given up on the matter?    Think of  the collapse of ObamaCare, both in exercise and in finance, as a piece of property in the free market, property not cherished in particular because of its own value, but vital to own for its location.

In a fascist state,  the one cherished today by the feminists, black racists,  the invading Hispanics and the  homespun   Jewish habitual  Left, all   now controlling the  American university and school,  whose every vote local or national,  legal or illegal,  Democrats need to fulfill their single-Party dictatorship already achieved in  California, controlling the language is essential in building a united, obedient, uneducated  population mass dependent upon the State, for voting fodder.

Read carefully the following article typical of most things written for rcp readings.    What is cherished?   What is really True?  Who are the winners and losers.  Where is the proof?

Was the GOP withdrawal  of the Paul Ryan ObamaCare replacement bill a disaster or mere propaganda?  for whom?  Pick out the sentences, the put downs, are they true?  ObamaCare is the health plan leftist Democrats worship.   Do you think for a moment Our Donald Trump won’t campaign to remind the world of its cancers and who arranged them as health care?

Today’s American press coverage of the Trump administration thus far is written  by SINGLE PARTY PREY…..that is, these propagandists are products of the leftist gangs running Journalism Departments and school from American coast to American coast.

Leading fascist of my younger days of life was stilted, snooty, boring, pompous, arrogant, single party leftist, Ted Koppel, at ABC of the then less dishonorable Democratic Party in America .  I was a Democrat then.  He was reliably repelling as an pompous ass, and  I suspect he still is.   Yet, I feel good from him for his shortcomings were so overwhelming,  he helped me discover Ronald Reagan.

American journalists are programmed to be mindless beyond their leftism.   Back in my radio years, I remember yawning listening to H.V. Kaltenborn, the Republican clone of  that Ted but far more boring than arrogant.   Besides, rainy evenings caused static on radio during the War years.  One couldn’t tell the difference between the static and H.V.’s tones from speech, perhaps a reason why so many folks were Democrats then.

Trump: ‘We Learned a Lot’ From Health Care Debacle

“Donald Trump campaigned to repeal and replace Obamacare in his first 100 days in the White House. He boasted of wielding a businessman’s negotiating skills alongside a determined GOP commitment to upend the old ways of Washington with conservative governance.

But on Friday, his 64th day as president, Trump swallowed his first legislative defeat, after House Republicans balked at passing a health care measure they came to view as flawed and too politically radioactive to embrace before next year’s midterm elections.

“I’m disappointed,” the president told reporters. “I’m a little surprised, to be honest with you. We really had it. It was pretty much there within grasp.”

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — signed by President Obama and a survivor of two Supreme Court decisions and more than five dozen GOP efforts to repeal it — remains the law of the land.

The public-private coverage system created in 2010, which benefits a minority of all Americans but touches all of the health care system, will eventually “explode,” Trump predicted. “It’s going to have a very bad year,” he told reporters in the Oval Office after he and House Speaker Paul Ryan opted to yank the doomed GOP replacement bill from the House floor.

Ryan chalked up his conference’s dramatic flameout to “the growing pains of governing.”

Trump, at least initially, blamed congressional Democrats for standing together against the Republicans’ repeal effort, forcing the GOP to pursue complicated legislative procedural steps that navigated around Democratic opposition, which one frustrated lawmaker compared to trying to shove a camel through a keyhole.

“I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, because now they own Obamacare,” the president said.

(Trump never met with any Democratic lawmakers to seek their ideas before launching the repeal and replace endeavor after January.)

Obamacare, on its own, Trump continued, is teetering in some states in which private insurance policy choices in the federally subsidized marketplaces are evaporating. Premium prices have escalated, and deductibles soared, often rendering policy choices unaffordable for those who can’t access insurance through employers, are not seniors on Medicare, and for the working class whose incomes are too high to qualify for state-based Medicaid.

Asked if he sought to remedy some of those Obamacare problems in the interim (as his predecessor recommended he do during private conversations months ago), the former New York businessman said he was eager to put health care behind him and move to tax reform– another policy-heavy endeavor that in the past has required years, rather than months, of congressional labors.

Failing to enact health care legislation complicates Trump’s tax-cutting ambitions on several levels, White House officials conceded. To underwrite the revenue lost with potential tax cuts, the administration hoped to use savings achieved by repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Trump said he had long predicted that Obamacare would crater, and he boasted he would be proven correct.

“There’s not much you can do to help it,” the president said of the law, which his Department of Health and Human Services is charged with implementing. HHS could make limited alterations under its regulatory authority attached to the Affordable Care Act’s existing provisions, and Trump could work with lawmakers of both parties to craft new piecemeal legislation this year. But he made no specific commitments.

The president sought to save face, arguing he had done everything he could to pass legislation through the House, even if the patched-together product was not entirely to his liking by the end of the week. The demise of the bill presented an opportunity, he argued.

“Both parties can get together and do real health care; that’s the best thing,” the president said. “I think having bipartisan [legislation] would be a big, big improvement,” Trump added. “I think that this is going to end up being a very good thing.”

But in an afternoon phone conversation with the New York Times, the president sounded eager to abandon health care, rather than persist. “It’s enough already,” he said of the negotiations, which the White House noted had included meetings, visits, and telephone calls with more than 120 lawmakers just in the run-up to the anticipated vote this week.

Health care’s policy complexities, which the president never described to his audiences during his recent speeches and rallies, and internecine party politics swamped Trump from the moment he said the White House would have its own repeal and replacement plan. In a hurry, he switched gears early this month and celebrated the Ryan-crafted bill as “the plan,” after the speaker posted it online on a Monday night.

Trump’s labors to overhaul the Affordable Care Act lasted just three weeks. Obama’s efforts, which included both parties before every Republican voted against it, took 18 months.

Health care has been a graveyard for political ambitions for decades. The Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act, later repealed, was a political disaster in 1988 and 1989 that provoked irate elderly constituents to blast President Reagan and chase former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski through an Illinois parking lot while television cameras captured every frame. The Clintons failed to get their secretly constructed universal coverage plan to a vote in 1994, and Hillary Clinton’s opponents used it as a weapon against her in 2008 and 2016.

Mitt Romney pioneered what became a model for Obamacare in Massachusetts as governor, and later turned his back on his own plan as a presidential candidate in 2012. Obama and Democrats initially exulted in 2010 that they would run and win elections on the ACA benefits. Seven years later, the law expanded coverage to an estimated 20 million Americans, reduced the ranks of the uninsured, and “bent the cost curve” of rising health care costs — but it also cost Democrats dearly in four straight election cycles because public opinion remains split.

Trump now has his own health care headstone. The failure Friday challenged everything he celebrated over half a century of brand building: the art of the deal, the dynamics of human behavior, and the ability to achieve a desired outcome on the basis of salesmanship and fears.

Trump said the lessons he drew from such a prominent flop were mixed. He had put two former House members in his Cabinet to navigate the shoals: Tom Price as HHS secretary and Mick Mulvaney as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Trump embraced Ryan’s bill. He instructed Congress that they must link repeal of the ACA to replacement, to occur together. And Trump championed a plan with House Republicans that was supposed to have three phases: the legislation that on Friday died in the House; deregulation accomplished through HHS; and separate health care-related measures that would have required 60 votes in the Senate later on (viewed as a fantasy because Democrats would not collaborate under those terms).

The president also understood that the bill he hoped the House would pass would never clear the Senate, complicating the political stakes for House Republicans who chafed at the more moderate instincts presented by their colleagues in the upper chamber.

While the president met privately with scores of lawmakers, interest groups and stakeholders, he promised Americans a “big, beautiful negotiation,” but offered no details of what Washington was cooking up. It became clear that Trump’s campaign vows that Americans would not lose their coverage, and that an Obamacare replacement would offer higher quality care at lower costs, had changed. During March, the White House softened Trump’s boasts: the new spin became consumer “choice” and “access” to health insurance.

Trump’s job approval poll numbers dipped below 40 percent in several surveys conducted in March, and the president began openly telling the public that he was anxious to move on to tax reform, which he viewed as more fruitful and less politically painful.

It was Ryan who arrived at the White House at midday to tell Trump the House GOP conference did not have 216 votes to pass the measure. Trump later praised the speaker and declined to blame him for the party’s explosive failure. Ryan talked with the president, whose instincts are usually to roll the dice, about whether lawmakers should be compelled to go on the record with their votes Friday afternoon, even if the bill went down. Ryan recommended against that drama, and the president agreed the bill should be pulled from the floor.

“It certainly was an interesting period of time,” Trump said a few hours later. “We all learned a lot. We learned a lot about loyalty. We learned a lot about the vote-getting process. We learned a lot about some very arcane rules in obviously both the Senate and in the House. … Certainly, for me, it’s been a very interesting experience.”

Alexis Simendinger covers the White House for RealClearPolitics. She can be

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