Ezra Klein, writing for Vox:
Donald Trump promised to be a different kind of president. He was
a populist fighting on behalf of the “forgotten man,” taking on
the GOP establishment, draining the Washington swamp, protecting
Medicaid from cuts, vowing to cover everyone with health care and
make the government pay for it. He was a pragmatic businessman who
was going to make Washington work for you, the little guy, not the
ideologues and special interests.
Instead, Trump has become a pitchman for Paul Ryan and his agenda.
He’s spent the past week fighting for a health care bill he didn’t
campaign on, didn’t draft, doesn’t understand, doesn’t like
to talk about, and can’t defend. Rather than forcing the
Republican establishment to come around to his principles, he’s
come around to theirs — with disastrous results.
Here’s how Trump learned the news that the vote on the AHCA bill had been called off:
In the mid-afternoon, a beaming Mr. Trump climbed into the rig of a
black tractor-trailer, which had been driven to the White House
for an event with trucking industry executives, honking the horn
and posing for a series of tough-guy photos — one with his fists
held aloft, another staring straight ahead, hands gripping the
large wheel, his face compressed into an excited scream.
At a meeting inside shortly afterward, Mr. Trump announced that he
was pressed for time and needed to go make calls for more votes.
A reporter informed him that the vote had already been called off.
Here’s the “tough guy driving a truck” pose.
★ Friday, 24 March 2017