During last years GOP Presidential nomination sweepstakes race ‘moderate’ Republicans fell by the wayside one by one….
It got so bad for them that they had to put a ‘conservative mask on their face to try to survive….
Donald Trump copped the hard right place in the campaign and used it to steal the party….
That was then….
In the last week the moderate Republicans in the Grand Ole Party have asserted themselves , worried about doing something that might make Trump and Speaker Ryan happy, but might cost them their seats come next year…
The Republican party….
Has a duality issue….
The parties are neither just one thing….
….In some corners, Republicans saw the past week as a defining moment where lawmakers went from the hypothetical exercise of previous fiscal proposals, which they knew the White House of former president Barack Obama would block, into the world of live ammunition in which these proposals could become law.
That gravity, among moderates and some mainstream conservatives, altered votes. “Sometimes you’re playing Fantasy Football and sometimes you’re in the real game,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), a Freedom Caucus member whom Trump had won over to support the bill.
By the time Ryan arrived at the White House, delivering the bad news about the whip count for the vote, those Republicans were doing just that. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), who brought Ryan into her suburban district outside Washington, broke against the bill, followed by Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio).
His district, a mix of suburbs and working-class towns east of Cleveland, actually went for Trump by more than 11 percent, as Joyce was reelected by a 25-percentage-point margin. In the past his biggest political fear has been a primary challenge from the right, yet the slight hint of Trump-fueled challengers to those opposed to the bill did not sway Joyce.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) had accepted expanded Medicaid funding as part of increasing insurance coverage through the ACA. Ryan’s American Health Care Act would phase out the Medicaid coverage.
Joyce made a simple, binary choice about Obamacare: “The American Health Care Act was not a better solution.”
This new combination, with Ryan’s right and left flanks willing to buck him and the new president, presents deep concern for the long-term effort to take up the more complicated effort to overhaul the corporate and individual tax codes….
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