The division in Republican ranks has been evident in recent years, and despite majorities, forced the GOP to repeatedly rely on Democratic votes to get important legislation passed. Ultimately, conservative dissatisfaction forced the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, but the split remains. As long as conservatives refuse to compromise with moderates, no deals of any sort can be struck, which completely neuters the Trump Presidency. Conservatives have come to believe their power resides in the fact that they never, ever compromise and can club everyone else into submission. We are at the end of the road where that stubbornness works for them. No more. This is a new era now.
Unfortunately, a vote on raising the debt limit is right around the corner, so here we go again!:
“This is an epic fail,” Krauthammer said on Fox's "Special Report." “This is historic. This is seven years of arguing gone down the drain. And I think we’re at the end of the road, at least in this phase.”
..."The idea that they are going to get a repeal bill standing alone when repeal and replace was meant to mitigate the effects of a repeal is ridiculous," Krauthammer added.
The Fox News personality blamed the healthcare bill collapse on three reasons: the difficulty required to abandon entitlements after they are already doled out, a lack of leadership from President Trump, and the inner-party divide within the Republican party as to what the healthcare bill should look like.
“There was no presidential leadership,” Krauthammer continued, while comparing Trump to President Barack Obama, who he said gave many national addresses to promote the Affordable Care Act before it was passed into law.
“The moderates are afraid of the curtailment of Medicaid and the conservatives are the ones who wanted the curtailment of Medicaid as an entitlement out of control,” he said.
“You put all of those together and you get an epic fail,” Krauthammer concluded.