Donald Trump has tried bullying, mocking, threatening and … really that’s it. That’s the extent of his deal-making skills. That and proclaiming a do-over.
Trump has issued multiple tweets since the dramatic midnight vote that killed the “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act calling for the Senate to end the filibuster and give it another try. Which is both an interesting philosophical point, and a clear sign that Trump can’t count, as every attempt the Republicans have made so far has been under rules that required just fifty votes plus a Pence.
This basic innumeracy isn’t keeping Trump’s budget director from even going the boss one better.
The Senate should not vote on anything else until it’s voted again on repealing Obamacare, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday.
Mulvaney said that “yes,” it’s official White House policy that the Senate shouldn’t hold a vote on another issue — not even an imminent crisis like raising the debt ceiling— until the Senate votes again on health care.
Instead of a government shut-down, Trump wants a Senate shut down: No votes until the Senate votes on what Trump wants, the way he wants. This is bound to work, because if there’s anything Senators like, it’s someone telling them how to run the Senate.