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HHS Sec Price to Senate on Healthcare Repeal effort…I’ll take Anything….

Yesterday the White House and Republicans where joyful in having VP Pence break the tie to have a vote of a Senate Healthcare Repeal effort….

Then….

Last night they tried to get a Conservative leaning bill, with the Ted Cruz Amendment in it passed….

No Joy…..

That effort went down in flames with Conservatives, Moderates and  of course Democratic Senator ‘s voting TOGETHER against the effort….

This STILL ain’t gonna be easy for MitCH McConnel the Senate Majority Leader who is now talking about repeal ‘Light’…..

And may end up having to get Minority leader Schumer to give him Democratic help to get around the Republicans in his own party….

Of course that would NOT amount to ‘Repeal’ would it?

Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price suggested this morning that the Trump administration wants any Affordable Care Act repeal bill that can pass the Senate. “What gets us to 50 votes so that we can move forward on a health-care reform legislation … that’s what needs to happen,” he said on CNBC, adding that the Senate should aim for a “lowest common denominator” bill.

Why it matters: Price’s comments could add momentum to talk of a “skinny repeal” bill, which might just repeal a few pieces of the ACA and give the Senate something to take into conference negotiations with the House. But they could also add to the perception that President Trump doesn’t really care about the details — which could make it tough for Republicans to defend whatever they do pass….

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Trump has quipped ( ? ) that HHS Price could lose his job if there is no Repeal Bill….

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Hillary Clinton will release a book giving her story this fall…..

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In the months after her lose to Donald Trump she has found out that she was also running against the Russians,  Her popularity has NOT bounced back and a LOT of people did NOT think she was a good candidate …..(She wasn’t and isn’t)

So….

While quietly working to help her party for the next elections ?

She has written a book that will reveal what how she feels about her recent political life….And why she thinks she won the popular vote last  fall, but lost the election….

Oh,  and she is STILL NOT a happy camper ….

Hillary Clinton’s upcoming book will double down on Russia’s interference and James Comey’s involvement in her stunning election defeat, according to sources familiar with the memoir. 

Privately, Clinton has told friends and longtime associates that she “wants the whole story out there” as she rushes to tweak and put the finishing touches on the book due out in September.

“She really believes that’s why she lost, and she wants to explain why in no uncertain terms,” one longtime ally said. “She wants the whole story out there from her own perspective. I think a lot of people are going to be really surprised by how much she reveals.”

The ally said the book of personal essays will be a “bombshell.”…

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Trump to ban transgender US Military service….

He will undo the Obama Admin ok for transgender people serving in the US Military….

Defense Sec Mattis was to give Congress his view on the Obama policy change and he had already put that off for 6 months…

The  military never liked the acceptance of gay’s in the military change Obama made either…..

The decision came by twitter….

President Trump said he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, a reversal of the Obama administration decision that would have allowed transgender recruits to serve, he announced on social media on Wednesday.

Citing the need to focus on victory, Trump said that the military cannot accept the burden of higher medical costs and “disruption” that transgender troops would require.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”….

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America speeds up clearing some High skilled H-1B visa applications….

Trump Admin backs away from limiting outside help, eh?

The U.S. government said on Monday it would resume fast processing of H-1B visas requested by institutions of higher education and nonprofit and governmental research organizations, while leaving in place a longer approval time for companies that use the visas.

President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to crack down on immigrants, whom he said were taking jobs from U.S. citizens, and signed an executive order in April calling for a review of the H-1B program. The visa allows foreigners with certain skills to work temporarily in the United States.

U.S. companies often use the visas to hire graduate-level workers in several specialized fields, including information technology, medicine, engineering and mathematics. The visas are heavily used in the tech sector….

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Breaking …NINE Republican Senator’s vote WITH Democrats AGAINST First Senate Repeal Bill…

Forget the this afternoon’s vote to  VOTE….

Mitch McDonnell and his guys tried a quick vote on the  Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) or the straight Ted Cruz included Repeal of the Healthcare Bill…

No Joy….

The Cruz Amendment would subtract up to $700 Billion form Medicaid  and cut low income tax credits in favor of high income cuts….Conservatives would have been happy…But Republican moderates may have voted to have a vote. this afternoon … .But won’t just put themselves out to get politically beat up in next years Midterms…Conservatives on the other hand  will not vote for something that makes moderate Republicans and Democrats happy….

Drastic cuts, or an outright repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Law just isn’t in the cards…The idea of an outright Repeal is unpopular in the national polls…

McConnell has just begun this journey….

After pushing through—on a narrow, party-line vote—a motion to proceed to debating various plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday afternoon, Republicans brought their first plan up for a vote late Tuesday night, only to watch it fail 43 to 57 in a procedural vote.

Nine Republicans joined with Democrats to kill the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA): Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rand Paul (R-KY), Bob Corker (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Dean Heller (R-NV).

Scathingly dubbed “Trumpcare 3.0” by Democrats, the bill was the Senate’s stab at crafting a replacement of the Affordable Care Act. It would have gutted more than $700 billion from Medicaid and sharply cut the tax credits available for low income people to buy health insurance….

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Trump turns down McMasters effort to grow the Afghan War…

While ALL the national media fawns on every burp from Donald Trump?

The most important story of the last few days has gone almost unnoticed …..

Last week President Trump sat down with his National Security people to discuss Afghanistan….

What should the US do?

National Security Advisor it is reported went to bat for an expanded effort in the country that the French and Russian left and the US has tried to extract itself rom recently ….

The scoop is Defense Sec Mattis and Sec of State Tillerson came out against any escalation that McMaster advanced….(A small increase in troops was given an Ok)

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Trump , it is reported, took the two  guys side against McMaster, asking a question the French, Russians , Bush Admin and Obama Admin have ALL asked….

Essentially , WTF are we doing there and Why?

I don’t think much of Donald Trump…But on this one?…

He’s Right…..

…….the session of the National Security Council Principals Committee, described by two sources briefed on it as a “s*** show” that featured what a third source, a senior White House official, confirmed was a heated debate where “words were exchanged,” proved no more successful than months’ worth of previous Afghan policy debates.

Trump refused to sign off on the plan they approved, the sources said, instead sending it back to his national security team demanding more work. And on Tuesday, the president made clear just how dissatisfied he was. In what were pretty much his first public comments on Afghanistan during his six months in office, he told reporters before a White House lunch, “I want to find out why we’ve been there for 17 years.” On Thursday, headed into a Pentagon meeting, he was similarly cagey. Asked about more troops for Afghanistan, he replied only, “We’ll see.”

Trump’s equivocation reflects the difficulty of figuring out what to do about an unceasing war that is once again at an impasse without an influx of new troops. “We are not winning in Afghanistan,” Defense Secretary James Mattis testified last month.

But the president’s hesitation is also, according to multiple current and former senior U.S. officials I’ve spoken with in recent days, a striking vote of no-confidence in his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, who has been trying and failing for months to sell the president on a new plan for Afghanistan.

McMaster has made a major policy review of America’s long, failed war there his personal mission, according to the sources, and he pushed hard to get a new strategy that would include the relatively modest troop increases and a commitment to at least another four-year timeline approved in advance of Trump’s May summit with NATO allies.

But instead, the sources said, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson teamed up with Mattis to block McMaster’s initial version, which they believed Trump and political advisers wary of the war, notably chief strategist Steve Bannon, would not support without clearer markers of success. “Tillerson says, ‘I’m not selling this to the president,’” a senior administration official who was present recalled. “They believed McMaster was not reading the West Wing very well,” added another former senior U.S. official briefed on the process…..

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Are Session’s days numbered as Atty Gen?..Trump mentions Hillary…Is Rudy standing on deck?

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Donald Trump continued his throwdown against his own choice for Attorney General because of his failure to keep himself in the investigation AGAINST Trump and cover Trump’s back…

Trump has tried to get various cabinet members to stop the ongoing investigation into Trump & Co. Russian ties and now into just about EVERYTHING Trump has touched or breathed on…

Trump brought Hillary Clinton’s name back up last night after she was cleared by the Justice Dept. of any criminal wrong doing and Trump HIMSELF said the case was over….

It would appear that things have gotten so bad that Trump maybe looking to hire Rudy Guilani to replace Sessions, or at least scare him into trying find a way to help him…

Rudy got passed up on the first hiring go round…

Oh, Mueller and crew of lawyer’s and FBI agents are moving full speed ahead in their ever widening probe’s….As Trump appears to be twisting in the wind…Looking over his shoulders…

Trump’s operating as if he doesn’t have to have anyone looking at his actions is over…..

President Trump on Monday asked why federal investigators and his “beleaguered” Attorney General Jeff Sessions are not investigating Hillary Clinton for her “crimes” as well as ties to Russia.

“So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered [attorney general], looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?” Trump asked in a tweet.

Just a few hours before, the president had also quoted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in which he said the Democratic party should blame itself for losing the presidential election, not Russian interference….

President Trump has floated the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with his steadfast ally Rudy Giuliani to serve in the top Justice Department post, Axios reported Monday.

Trump broached the idea in internal discussions about bringing in and surrounding himself with staunch supporters, sources within the West Wing told the news outlet.

Before The New York Times interview last week, Trump had already expressed anger and frustration at Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, Axios reports.

Trump, during the interview, opined that Sessions’ decision to recuse himself was “unfair” to him and he would’ve likely picked another person to lead the Justice Department if he had known this is the move Sessions would make.

In a tweet on Monday, Trump went after Sessions, calling him “beleaguered”….

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GOP House looking to cut Federal employee benefits and job protections…

Not something to votes from Federal employees for Republicans, eh?

House Republicans greeted current and future federal employees with two controversial body blows in recent days — one amounts to a pay cut and the other would allow new feds to be fired for “no cause at all.”

The House Budget Committee approved a spending plan that would save the government $163.5 billion over 10 years by taking that amount from federal employees. They would pay that in the form of “greater contributions to their own defined benefit retirement plans,” according to the panel’s budget document.

Republicans call their plan “Building a Better America.”  But the Americans now working to build a better country through their federal jobs would be called on to sacrifice again, as they have repeatedly over the years.

“Since 2010, these employees have already lost $182 billion in pay and benefits,” Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said in a letter to the committee. Those losses occurred through measures including a partial three-year pay freeze and previous retirement hits under the Obama administration.

Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) offered legislation on Monday to repeal the previous retirement cuts. Don’t expect his bill to pass, not with this Congress…..

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Bernie Sanders is talking about a 2020 run…..

Which party?

No…I ‘m kidding…..

The guy that isn’t a Democrat is still trying to take over that party….

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With Kamala Harris rising in the media and Biden leading the 2020 Presidential polls of DEMOCRATS along with  how Sanders  did against Hillary Clinton…. it is natural for him to be thinking about running again….

For those who thing it’s too early to be thinking about the Democratic 2020 President nomination?

You’re wrong….The maneuvering  is ALREADY going on

For my two cents?

He won’t get the nomination again….

“He’s part of the Democratic leadership in the Senate and helped raise millions of dollars to help down ballot Democrats,” he said. “He’s helping to reform the Democratic Party. I think it speaks for itself.”

Still, the decision by Sanders to run for the Democratic nomination in 2016 as an independent is a sore spot for some Democrats. There are also Clinton supporters who believe Sanders deserves some of the blame for Clinton’s loss to Trump.

Polls suggest Sanders, along with Biden, would have to be seen as favorites if they were to enter a 2020 race.

A Public Policy Polling survey out earlier this week suggested that either candidate would be the favorite over Trump.

“From what I can see, he’s popular in the polls, Democrats like him and I’m sure if I was in his position I would be thinking of running for president again, too,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “He certainly has true believers that would support him through hell or high water and they feel like they were robbed and destiny is on his side.”

At the same time, there are also Democrats looking for fresh faces — such as Sen. Kamala Harris, the freshman California senator with a growing national presence. …

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AG Sessions is gearing up the Feds for TOUGHER Marijuana enforcement….

The Dog is NOT surprised with this at all….

We have discussed the growing marijuana industry in America and rapid state government acceptance of making money on grass that is available almost anywhere …

But I have pointed out repeatedly that grass IS still listed as a dangerous drug by the Feds and the nation’s Federal Law enforcement CAN go after marijuana operations that are legal under state laws, with Federal Laws that supersede …..

The news that Attorney General Sessions is sending memo’s that underscore the Federal view about grass has got to catch the attention of the marijuana industry and cause worries…

Sessions is first asking Congress to NOT give state efforts to decriminalize marijuana under  The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act — would amend federal law to allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies……He COULD  then  begin a Federal effort to roll back the advances….

Stay tuned….

Sessions is in for a fight….

This is is gonna get interesting….

Sessions sent a letter in May asking congressional leaders to do away with an amendment to the DOJ budget prohibiting the agency from using federal funds to prevent states “from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

“I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime,” said the letter from Sessions, first obtained by Massroots.com and verified by The Washington Post.

As for the task force, Sessions said another subcommittee would “explore our use of asset forfeiture and make recommendations on any improvements needed to legal authorities, policies, and training to most effectively attack the financial infrastructure of criminal organizations.”

On Wednesday, Sessions reportedly re-established a controversial criminal asset seizure program ahead of the committee’s recommendations.

Local law enforcement leaders say a crackdown appears to be next, though they argue there’s no need for it.

“From a practitioner’s point of view, marijuana is not a drug that doesn’t have some danger to it, but it’s not the drug that’s driving violent crime in America,” said Ronal Serpas, the former superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department who co-chairs Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration…..

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The US Senate Republicans are Confused….Resurgent….

It’s easy from the outside….

But actually being responsible as the MAJORITY  is more difficult, eh?

Published in 1969 by Lawrence Peter, the Peter principle is a management theory that posits the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate’s performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. Employees are promoted a final time into jobs they cannot accomplish, and managers rise to the level of their incompetence.

The Republican Senate is a hot mess, and is a perfect example of the Peter Principle. The American citizenry chose to promote them to the role of majority party in part because of their excellence in being the minority party, and in part because they assumed the Republicans would be able to translate Obama resistance into actual political leadership.

But sadly, not so much. Their ineptitude is both confounding, and infuriating. But even more difficult to comprehend is their inability to understand even the simple principles of governing. They don’t seem to grasp the essentials of being a majority party: leadership, presenting a coherent message, and coalescing their members into a united body. These necessities seem to be far beyond their capabilities.

There are a myriad of issues within that august body, but chief among them is their inability to look beyond themselves in order to protect the brand and the party.

From the outside, the Republican party appears to be confused and uncertain as to their identity. They campaign on being conservatives, one even declared his desire to “build that dang wall”.  They know all the conservative talking points, they even eagerly took the identity of Tea Party membership when necessary. Every website touts conservative this, and conservative that, but close examination reveals a true inner conflict.

For many Senate Republicans, it is apparent the talk of being Republican conservative is just that, talk. Conservatism is the hard outer shell, but if you were to take a look at the squishy center, you would see a Rockefeller republican, a moderate trans dying to compromise, aching for comity, desirous of the approval of the Democratic coastal elites, and jealous for preening media attention….

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Republicans look to raise taxes in Democratic states….

Democratic leaning states tend to be big states that have state and local taxes supporting public services….

Republicans are thinking of rewriting the tax code to eliminate your tax deduction against state and local taxes…..Hmmmm?

Raising taxes?

We’ll keep an eye on this….

The chances are slim since Republicans..Rich one’s…DO live in Blue states and they don’t want this anymore than Democrats do ….

“Although Republicans usually recoil at any type of tax increase, cutting this tax break would almost be fun for them,” said Martin Sullivan, chief economist for Tax Analysts. “It provides massively disproportionate deductions to high-tax states controlled by Democrats.”

Proposals by House Republican leaders and President Donald Trump would repeal the tax break as part of their packages to overhaul the American tax code. But they are getting a lot of pushback from Republican lawmakers in Democratic-controlled states.

The standoff illustrates how hard it is for Congress to eliminate any popular tax break, even one that primarily benefits the ruling party’s political opponents.

Almost 44 million claimed the deduction in 2014, according to IRS statistics. That’s nearly every taxpayer who itemizes deductions, a little less than 30 percent of all taxpayers. Sullivan analyzed which states would be hit hardest by repealing the tax deduction. The Associated Press did a similar analysis and came to the same conclusion.

Nationally, the average deduction is about $11,800, but it is much bigger in many blue states. New York is tops with an average deduction of more than $21,000. Connecticut is next at $18,900, followed by New Jersey at $17,200 and California at $17,100…..

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McConnell probably will need 60 votes in the Senate to Repeal The Healthcare Law…

THAT is NOT gonna happen…..

The Senate would likely need 60 votes to overcome Democratic opposition and pass key portions of the GOP health care bill under the chamber’s rules, a blow to both the plan’s policy and its political fortunes unless Senate Republicans are willing to break decades of precedent or the bill is substantially rewritten.

The Senate’s so-called “Byrd Rule” is designed to make sure policies passed under “budget reconciliation” — which allows legislation to advance with only 51 votes instead of the usual 60 needed to get past a filibuster — directly affect the federal budget, either by decreasing spending or by increasing revenue. (Vox has explained the Byrd Rule in great detail.)

The findings of the Senate parliamentarian, who evaluates whether policies included in bills meant to pass through reconciliation comply with the Senate rules, were posted online late Friday afternoon and sent out by Democratic ranking member Sen. Bernie Sanders’s office. A Senate Republican aide noted that the parliamentarian reviewed a draft version of the bill, and the legislation could still be changed.

They are a critical blow to Republicans’ hopes of repealing and replacing Obamacare. Their plan is already short on votes, but Friday’s news could make it even more difficult for Senate leaders to sway their holdouts….

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McConnell CAN change the rules….

But if he does?

What would happen if the Republicans lost their majority?

What comes around?

Goes around, eh?

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Senator’s Harris and Paul co-sponsor a Bail Reform Bill for States….

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That’s Democratic California Senator Kamala Harris, a former Attorney General …..

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Senator Rand Paul, The Republican Senator from the Red State of Kentucky  , together offering a bill to assist states  in reforming their ‘money based’  Bail Rules and Regulations ,,,

This from a NY Times Op-Ed written by both….

…’Our bail system is broken. And it’s time to fix it.

That’s why we’re introducing the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act to encourage states to reform or replace the bail system.

This should not be a partisan issue.

First, our legislation empowers states to build on best practices. Kentucky and New Jersey, for instance, have shifted from bail toward personalized risk assessments that analyze factors such as criminal history and substance abuse. These are better indicators of whether a defendant is a flight risk or a threat to the public and ought to be held without bail.

Colorado and West Virginia have improved pretrial services and supervision, such as using telephone reminders so fewer defendants miss court dates and end up detained.

These nudges work. Over the second half of 2006, automated phone call reminders in Multnomah County in Oregon, resulted in 750 people showing up in court who otherwise may have forgotten their date.

Instead of the federal government mandating a one-size-fits-all approach, this bill provides Department of Justice grants directly to the states so each can devise and carry out the most effective policies, tailored for its unique needs.’….

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The Juggling over at Trump’s legal shop….

“President Donald Trump is reshuffling his legal team as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation moves full steam ahead,” CNN reports.

“Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s longtime personal attorney who has been the lead lawyer on the Russia investigation, will see his role recede… Instead, attorney John Dowd, along with Jay Sekolow, will now be the President’s primary personal attorneys for the investigation… Dowd will take the lead.”

“By being outside the White House, their dealings with the President will be protected under attorney-client privilege that is afforded any US citizen.”…..

Politico: “Mark Corallo, the spokesman, had grown frustrated with the operation and the warring factions and lawyers, these people said. Corallo also was concerned about whether he was being told the truth about various matters.”

“Corallo has been close to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation, and has praised him publicly. He didn’t like the strategy to attack his credibility.”

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RNC To GOP Candidates: Fealty To Donald Trump Or Else…Red State…

Party loyalty in politics is nothing new. The fact is, most people who vote for Democrats and Republicans are “party” people. Meaning it doesn’t much matter what positions an individual candidate or office holder has on issues. Voters walk into a booth, look at the party and vote for the Republican or the Democrat. It is the case in most scenarios, and that’s just a fact.

Hard-core supporters are there and don’t like it when you criticize their guy. That’s understandable as well. But those are issues between voters, not the party and the candidates running under the banner of that party.

When it comes to candidates and people in office, the Republican National Committee has a responsibility to back Republicans. As much as it stung for some people, Donald Trump won the nomination, and the party infrastructure backed him. It didn’t matter if he smeared fellow Republican candidates with lies and ridiculous conspiracy theories. The party supported him because it does so for Republicans. 

However, it doesn’t appear as though that kind of thinking applies to other Republicans now, especially if they’ve been critical of Donald Trump:

The Republican National Committee isn’t spending big for New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno because the RNC doesn’t think she has been loyal to President Trump, NJ.com reported Wednesday.

Guadagno, currently the lieutenant governor under Gov. Chris Christie (R), is viewed skeptically by the RNC because of her criticism of Trump after the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape and as a lost cause, the report said.

“[The president] is unhappy with anyone who neglected him in his hour of need,” an RNC insider reportedly said, referring to Guadagno’s public disavowal of Trump last fall after the surfacing last year of the “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump brags about sexually assaulting women. 

If the RNC stated that they weren’t going all in because Guadagno is trying to ride into office on the scorched coattails of Chris Christie, that might make some sense. But that isn’t the justification here. The thinking appears to be Guadagno didn’t rush in to defend Donald Trump when audio tape revealed he thinks men in positions of power can do what they want with women sans repercussions.

What Guadagno did was not unreasonable. She was hardly the first Republican to distance themselves from Trump when that tape hit the public airwaves. Now the RNC is going to withhold funds and assistance from a Republican candidate because of Donald Trump? Since when did the RNC become beholden to one person instead of the party as a whole?

It only proves Trump doesn’t just want loyalty. He wants slavish devotion. Fealty. Without it, he has no use for a person. It is a dangerous method if the GOP wants to grow…..

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