- An excellent blog post characterizes the inability of Trump supporters to square their pre-election rhetoric (“only Trump can save the republic”) with Trump’s support for ObamaCare Lite:
Remember “The Flight 93 Election”? This was the (in)famous essay in which “Publius Decius Mus” (now ensconced in Pres. Trump’s NSC) essentially posited the 2016 vote was between Trump and The Death of America.
What people tend to forget about the essay is that (like most of its genre) it was far more an attack on conservatives than an argument for Trump. Publius mostly contended that if conservatives were sincere in their concerns, they must believe that America is headed off a cliff, and their failure to embrace Trump as the only viable alternative to the End Times revealed their insincerity and their lack of faith in their own philosophy.
Well, the GOP stormed the cockpit and put Trump in the pilot’s chair. One of his first major acts as Pilot-in-Chief is throwing his weight behind the House GOP’s draft American Healthcare Act, also known as “please don’t call it Trumpcare, even though we’re calling it terrific.”
Trump’s endorsement of marginal tinkering, however, does put the lie to the so-called argument of Publius and those echoing his attacks. For the Ever Trumpers, it appears that as the ground rushes upward toward the plane, pulling up five or ten degrees is perfectly acceptable, so long as Trump is in the pilot’s chair.
In fact, it’s worse than that. Trump reportedly told leaders of conservative groups that if Trumpcare fails, his strategy will be to allow Obamacare to fail and let Democrats take the blame. He’s apparently considered letting the plane crash, to the extent that he can get some political gain out of it.
The Ever Trumpers won’t object, because their apocalyptic pose is every bit as phony as their postmodern nihilism. Flight 93 passengers they ain’t.
At least one U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara, refused to resign when requested to do so by Attorney General Jeff Sessions; supposedly Bharara had a deal with Donald Trump that would keep him in office. Nonetheless, Bharara was fired today.
Repsol discovered a conventional oil play on Alaska’s North Slope that contains up to 1.2 billion barrels of light crude. Production should start in 2021, and ramp up to 120,000 barrels a day.
A federal district court ruled that three of Texas’ congressional districts violate the Constitution or the Voting Rights Act because they don’t contain enough Hispanics. This case has been dragging on since 2011.
The Netherlands barred a plane carrying Turkey’s foreign minister from landing in Rotterdam. Turkey’s government is in the habit of holding rallies among expatriates in an attempt to influence foreign elections. The Netherlands is holding an election on Wednesday, and this was another such attempt. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called the Netherlands a “Nazi remnant” and Turkey’s foreign minister threatened economic and political sanctions.
ISIS released prisoners from its jails in Mosul, suggesting they lack the capacity to maintain the jails as Iraqi troops and their allies advance.
Two suicide bombers killed at least 40 people in Damascus, Syria. Many of the victims were Shiite pilgrims from Iraq.