Some good news heading into Christmas
Today, in a private ceremony, away from the prying eyes of the "Fake Media", Donald Trump signed the $1.5 trillion giveaway into law.
This is significant. There was talk about holding off the signing until the new year, in order to avoid a bruising fight to waive mandated cuts to programs like Medicare until 2019. Instead, because Trump is a moron, he signed it today.
Meanwhile, at FiveThirtyEight:
Enacting and signing a grossly unpopular giveaway to the super-rich is not going to make things any easier for the Republicans. In fact, even supposedly safe incumbents might get swept away, like Democratic House Speaker Tom Foley was in 1994. And those Republicans who pushed through this tax scam thinking they'll cash in with sinecures after they get voted out? Expect a Democratic Congress to jam through a repeal of this attempt to create a new Gilded Age.
Now, if Donald Trump were a normal politician, he would be trying to figure out a way to limit the damage. But he's not normal. He's loathed in large parts of the country. Remember, even in Alabama his numbers were 50/50. When blood-red Alabama no longer blindly supports you, you can speak happy-talk as much as you want; it won't blunt the fact that his party is facing monumental losses. Trump can't pivot. Trump is who he is: deeply unpopular, without the rhetorical gifts to change that animus.
So, enjoy your Christmas turkey (or lechón or tamales). Rest up. Next year is going to require all out effort to save our Republic.
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