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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, July 30, 2021

Former President Trump lashed out at Senate Republicans on Thursday after the upper chamber voted to take up debate on a bipartisan infrastructure package, accusing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and "RINOs," short for "Republicans in name only," of surrendering to Democrats. "Under the weak leadership of Mitch McConnell, Senate Republicans continue to lose," Trump said in a statement. "He lost Arizona, he lost Georgia, he ignored Election Fraud and he doesn't fight." "Now he's giving Democrats everything they want and getting nothing in return," he continued. "No deal is better than a bad deal. Fight for America, not for special interests and Radical Democrats. RINOs are ruining America, right alongside Communist Democrats."

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... No deal is better than a bad deal ...

Fmr Pres Trump ran a zero-sum game when he was President. The only way to win is 100%. Not 80%, 100%.

From what I've seen, the only time a zero-sum game works in politics occurs when there is a dictator running the show.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-30 11:34 AM | Reply

Related...

Op-Ed: Why Biden Is Succeeding Where Trump Failed
www.bloomberg.com

...The infrastructure deal that eluded the former president is now within reach. Give credit to a new Congress.

The two-track infrastructure deal that advanced this week has a long way to go before any White House signing ceremony, and there are plenty of ways it could still collapse. But its supporters have good reason to be optimistic at this point " and we're already getting some explanations for why these bills may well pass while former President Donald Trump's infrastructure initiative never got anywhere.

In the New York Times, Jim Tankersley has an early analysis that I suspect will become conventional wisdom. He's certainly correct that one big difference between Trump and President Joe Biden is that Biden stayed focused on his legislative goals, while Trump was easily distracted. It's also true that Biden's long experience mattered.

But I want to push back some against president-based explanations. The biggest difference, after all, between 2017 and 2021 is that Trump was attempting to advance a policy that many Republicans opposed, and even those who supported it generally ranked it low on their priority list. Republicans come to Washington, if they care about policy, to pass tax cuts, reduce government spending, slash regulations limiting business and achieve the party's agenda on social issues. Democrats, on the other hand, have wanted to pass the items in the two infrastructure bills for many years, and almost all of them have at least one high-priority policy in the package.

That's not all. People mock Democrats for having unusually old leaders in Congress, especially in the House, but no one should doubt the competence of Speaker Nancy Pelosi in particular and of House and ...


... Trump was easily distracted ...

In infrastructure, foreign policy, domestic policy...

In general...


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-30 11:43 AM | Reply

The Trump Administration just announced that NEXT WEEK will be infrastructure week.

#3 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-07-30 11:46 AM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

"The two-track infrastructure deal that advanced this week has a long way to go before any White House signing ceremony, and there are plenty of ways it could still collapse."

Then stop with the effing victory laps.

#4 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-07-30 11:48 AM | Reply

@#4

I'm just happy it got this far. :)

That shows there may be hope....

But I'm also a realist.

It wouldn't surprise me in the least if the Republicans pull out at the last minute (as they have done in the past).

Let's see how the 1/6 investigation goes, and whether it turns out that Republicans may need some serious leverage to stop the progress of the investigation....


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-30 12:34 PM | Reply

They'd rather nothing be done than let the Dems solve (even partially) a pressing, massive problem.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2021-07-30 04:05 PM | Reply

Republicans are now preparing amendments to add "pork" to the bill in exchange for their vote. So no, the battle isn't over.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-07-31 05:33 AM | Reply

I read that the Rinos in the Senate, especially Mitch McConnell, are raising Trump's "ire."

Better stand back everybody. The boiler is about to blow. ~ LOL

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-07-31 07:29 AM | Reply

Republicans are now preparing amendments to add "pork" to the bill in exchange for their vote. So no, the battle isn't over.
#7 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

And in a month they'll be publicly decrying the cost of the bill I bet.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2021-07-31 01:05 PM | Reply

#9 They're going to scream against the spending and say it doesn't create jobs or improve the economy.

And then quietly try to direct it to their districts to create jobs and improve the economy.

Just like they did with the ARRA.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-31 01:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Even the villains on The Walking Dead understand that you sometimes have to compromise with the opposition in order to achieve your goal.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2021-07-31 09:23 PM | Reply

Stroke out, loser. You fat like of crap.

#12 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-07-31 09:50 PM | Reply

SACK

#13 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-07-31 09:51 PM | Reply

So? This has as much significance as if the dogcatcher of Bumfuq blew a fuse over it. The corpulent one is no longer president.

#14 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-01 01:06 PM | Reply

Trump is the spiritual, moral, and ideological leader of the GOP.

That's why it matters.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-01 01:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You'll also notice that Jakester consistently downplays the significance of Trump.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-01 01:20 PM | Reply

The corpulent one is no longer president.

#14 | POSTED BY JAKESTER

The corpulent one is still trying to slime the rest of us.

Lock It up!

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-08-02 10:55 AM | Reply

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