September 19, 2017
The Senate isn't exactly known for moving quickly -- a trend GOP leaders will have to buck if they want a crack at repealing Obamacare before September 30. With 11 days left to work until the window closes on this version of health care reform, Republicans are ramping up for a two-week roller coaster that could finally deliver on seven years of promises. After the media declared the GOP repeals dead and buried, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) have been working to prove the critics wrong -- reviving the party's biggest agenda item when Americans least suspected it.
And unlike the August push, which ended in stunning defeat at the GOP's own hands, Republicans seem a little more cooperative after three weeks at home with unhappy voters. "We are one vote away from doing this thing," Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) insisted. "The odds are improving. I told Bill Cassidy, he's the grave robber. This thing was six-feet under. And I think he's resurrected it to the point that there's a lot of positive buzz and forward momentum."
It's the little repeal that could, Republicans insist. They'd better hope so. If the GOP stumbles in gutting Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood, it won't just be catastrophic for America -- but their majority. And pollster John McLaughlin can prove it. His latest survey spells disaster for the president's party unless they start following his lead in the promise-keeping department.
"Trump supporters are the 'floor on which Republicans stand,'" he warns, explaining that the pressure on the GOP has never been higher. "Contrary to media polls, which [McLaughlin] demonstrates in a memo skew results toward Democrats...Trump's own support amongst his own voters remains high," the Daily Caller explains. But, that support doesn't extend to Republicans, especially if they continue on this path of not backing up their words with actions.
Voters, he warns, are less likely to support their congressman in the midterm elections if they:
- Agreed to increase the debt limit without new constraints on future spending (69 percent of Trump voters)
- Failed to stop Obama's social experimentation with the military and transgenders (69 percent of Trump voters)
- Refused to repeal Obamacare (68 percent of Trump voters)
- Voted to bail out health insurance companies without repealing Obamacare (67 percent of Trump voters)
- Did not support Trump's more careful vetting of immigrants (67 percent of Trump voters)
- Continue government spending without building the wall, and with Democrat priorities funded like Planned Parenthood (66 percent of Trump voters)
- Failed to pursue investigations against former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (64 percent of Trump voters).
The moral of the story is the morals of the party. If Republicans don't take a lesson in courage from President Trump and start getting things done, they'll have no one to blame in 2018 but themselves. If they want to keep their jobs, they'd better start doing them.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.