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Rather writes: "Stunning. A complete defeat that I don't think anyone would have predicted in the manner that took place."

Dan Rather. (photo: USA Today)
Dan Rather. (photo: USA Today)


Stunning, Staggering Loss so Early in a Term

By Dan Rather, Dan Rather's Facebook Page

27 March 17

 

tunning. A complete defeat that I don't think anyone would have predicted in the manner that took place. Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace Obamacare on day one of his presidency. He promised a health care nirvana of lower premiums, choice and better care. The GOP has been demonizing the Affordable Care Act for 7 years and yet here we are. The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land. Who knew healthcare was hard?

The morass of blame is only beginning. As he just told New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, this is "the Democrats fault." We'll see how that plays with the public and with history. Mr. Trump is wounded and he will try to do his usual two step of taking credit for everything and blame for nothing. It is a dance that I think was already old for a majority of Americans. And if recent polls are to be believed even some of his voters are getting weary. And let's remember we are just over two months into his presidency.

I have never seen such a staggering loss so early in a term. We have long left charted waters with this administration. And our ship of state bobs amidst ominous waves.

The damage isn't limited to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Many Democrats never understood Paul Ryan's golden boy wonk status. But that aura has also been deeply and perhaps irrevocably tarnished by this health care failure. And the difficulty was expected to be in the Senate.

Meanwhile, the Russian shadow continues to darken.


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+15 # ER444 2017-03-27 15:36
In any other political system the Republican Party would be at least three parties. In Germany the AFD,CDU,CSU and FDP are separate parties that represent the conservative side of politics (Republican) The SPD, Linke and Grün are more progressive parties (Democrats). The difference is important to a functioning Democracy. In the USA the extreme right has hijacked the whole party and castrated the moderate side of the party. In Germany if the super right party doesn't get enough votes they lose their power to negotiate in power sharing in the government. This makes it possible for the moderate parties from both idealogical sides to work together and get something done. The two party system in the USA needs to be seriously renovated. It is simply not working, dysfunctional!! ! The answer is easier than it seems. Democrats and Republicans from the moderate middle of both parties need to sit down together and create compromise legislation that solves problems instead of standing for destructive "principles". Mr. Trump has one chance at making a difference. He needs to court the middle in both parties and so extracise the wackos on both fringes.
 
 
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-03-27 17:38
I remember when Dan Rather went to the TV news and promised Geo. Bush he'd do whatever Bush told him to do. Rather has always been a spokesman for the power insiders. Now he is toeing the Democrat party line.

This was not a stunning defeat for republicans. The bill Ryan put up was a real turkey. It was rejected by even his own party. Ryan put no effort into understanding the problems that needed to be fixed. The bill did not fix anything. It just repealed the parts of Obamacare that he did not like.

Everyone from left to right hated Ryancare and so it was just abandoned. That is a win for everyone.

Now the space is open for Bander's Medicare for All bill. If presented right, some republicans might actually support it. Certainly many people who voted for Trump will support it. Sanders Medicare for All bill might just be the defining issue in the 2018 elections. You are either for it, or you will be sent packing.

Dan Rather needs to think for himself. Toeing the democratic party line is just unbecoming.
 
 
+6 # pegasus4508 2017-03-28 19:50
Dan Rather was fired because he reported on the absence of GWB's national guard service. Toeing the Democratic Party line - when?
This IS a stunning defeat for trump and the GOP. WHY? Because it is their turn to GOVERN and they seem to be clueless.
No matter what I think about Nancy Pelosi, when SHE SAID she was bringing a bill to the floor - IT PASSED. That is the difference between Winning and LOSING. We are now officially being governed by LOSERS. Tired of Winning yet?
 
 
+4 # heartofnests 2017-03-28 04:39
As the Russian clouds gather here, there is a beam of light in the new activism of their youth.

Just as Putin reaches the pinnacle of his power, the youth in Russia are taking to the streets in record numbers. I know that God is the Supreme Ruler of our world, and he always lets the despots take on immense stature before sending in the little breeze that topples there fragile delusion in a few minutes. I am no longer worried. Trump and Putin, most especially, are the last of the Neanderthals, watching bewildered as Cro Magnon finds many uses for the wheel. Their clubs have already been replaced with iCloud, and it's too late for them to learn. Homer Simpson and Boris Godunov at the height of their powers — both doomed in their own way.
 
 
+29 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-03-28 06:12
Rather says, " Many Democrats never understood Paul Ryan's golden boy wonk status. But that aura has also been deeply and perhaps irrevocably tarnished by this health care failure."


If they did not recognize that Ryan's wonk image was a fraud, they should have. All plans or proposals he has put forward have been unworkable and terrible for the American people. If he is now exposed, this is a good thing.

There are several good things that have come out of the Ryan failure with Obamacare repeal/replace. The first is that Obmacare survives and continues to help people. The second thing is that the divisions in the republican party are now exposed. Third, there is no one in republican leadership who is capable of or willing to govern in the interests of people. So they may flounder for the next few years and then they will be replaced.

And finally, this failure opens an opportunity for a Medicare for All proposal, as Sanders is doing. He may actually get some media attention if people like Rather will stop carrying water for the CIA/Democrats and think about the news.
 
 
0 # DongiC 2017-03-30 13:24
#Rodion Raskoinikov, You write very well both as to scope and content. You are unusually well informed and express yourself with skill and grace. Are you, perchance, a writer? Maybe, with RT? I occasionally read "Russia Today." It is well done too. I look forward to reading your comments.
 
 
+40 # wantrealdemocracy 2017-03-28 07:39
"Meanwhile, the Russian shadow continues to darken." This means the military industrial complex is greedily planning for World War III. The American people must rise up and clean the corrupt out of our government. We don't want war. We want single payer health care for all. We want a new deal to put Americans to work rebuilding our infrastructure. We need to establish some democracy in our nation.
 
 
+3 # Hopeless Historian 2017-03-30 07:08
The difference between World War Two and World War Three will be HUGE, in Dumpian terms:

America's military leap-frogged from 18th in the world to number one in 6 years in WW II only because our factories were not bombed and could expand production exponentially.

Today we have very few factories and skilled workers to man them. Besides that, all China has to do to bring us to our knees is stop shipping goods here for as little as 3 months. Nobody keeps large inventories anymore in our JIT - Just In Time industrial world.
 
 
+11 # chrisconnolly 2017-03-28 13:04
The military industrial complex has morphed into the disaster industrial complex. $billions to be looted from every country unfortunate enough to show up in their 'free market' crosshairs. War is pathetically lucrative. The template is well rehearsed. When there is disaster the World Bank swoops in with relief loans to the tune of hundred of $millions. The catch; cut all gov spending to education, social safety nets, healthcare, infrastructure, environmental protections. Next; break all unions, eliminate all labor laws and minimum wages. Then demand the auctioning of all public assets; water, electricity, phones, property, mines, etc. This plan has been successful from Pinochet's Chile to Hurricane Katrina. Disaster capitalism is the moral equivalent of the Holocaust and Trump is ushering it to its completion in the US with the republicans bidding good riddance to democracy.
 

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