http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/0 ... ess-241453Trump vs. McConnell
The standoff between the GOP top dogs comes as the party confronts a huge legislative to-do list this fall.
By NOLAN D. MCCASKILL and ELANA SCHOR
08/09/2017 02:33 PM EDT Updated 08/09/2017 04:46 PM EDT
The tit-for-tat between Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the chamber's failure to repeal Obamacare opens a politically perilous schism within a party already riven by tensions over its lack of accomplishments this year. Trump's punch at McConnell Wednesday came less than 48 hours after the Kentucky Republican suggested during an appearance in his home state that the president's inexperience gave him “excessive expectations” for the time frame required to rip up Obamacare. In fact, GOP leaders had projected days after Trump's inauguration that they would repeal the health care law and pass a tax bill by this month, neither of which has happened.
“Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don’t think so,” the president tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?” Frustration at the White House with McConnell's comments spilled into the open earlier Wednesday when Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino, quipped on Twitter that the Senate GOP leader "must have needed another 4 years" to repeal and replace Obamacare "in addition to the 7 years" since it became law.
McConnell set off Trump when the Senate leader told the Rotary Club in Florence, Kentucky, on Monday that the perception that Congress hasn’t accomplished anything is “extremely irritating.” He attributed it, in part, to “the president and others” who “have set these early timelines” for legislation such as undoing the health care law that is President Barack Obama's signature achievement. “Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before and I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process,” McConnell (R-Ky.) added.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a frequent Trump critic, called it “ridiculous” for McConnell to blame Trump’s impatience and inexperience for the public sense that Congress hasn’t done much. “It’s like being hit by a slow-moving bus in Kansas. You can see the bus coming,” the South Carolina Republican told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade in a radio interview. “The bottom line is we didn’t fail because we didn’t have enough time. We failed because we were not ready to solve the problem, and we didn’t have the right idea.”
Starring Jon Stewart as Mitch McConnell #mcconnelling
One of my favorite McConnellings... This is just the actual soundtrack of a Cialis ad overlaying the infamous McConnell B-Roll.
Won't Donald v. Mitch be fun to watch this Fall.