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How Washington forgot how to govern

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

All it takes is a breakthrough on healthcare, tax reform, infrastructure or some major issue not yet on the national radar screen to make a lot of this talk go away. New York was dubbed "the ungovernable city" before Rudy Giuliani, the presidency seen as too big a job under Jimmy Carter before Ronald Reagan. Right now, however, Washington is a long way from looking like some kind of shining city on a hill.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Obamacare repeal is ‘Shawshank Redemption’ moment for GOP

Trump has done well in fulfilling the spirit of his candidacy and his supporters rest easy knowing he'll work tirelessly to Make America Great Again. Whether Congress allows him to get far in that quest is another matter. It’s now up to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

Conservative Leaders Demand ‘Traitorous’ Republicans Keep Their Promise to Repeal Obamacare

Gage Cohen, CNS News

Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) President Ken Cuccinelli concluded the call by issuing a challenge to those Republicans unwilling to repeal Obamacare: “This has been the number one issue for conservative grass roots for seven years and then some...this is a vote a whole election can turn on. If we can recruit good conservative challengers to these Obamacare Republicans, we will challenge them.”

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump’s GOP critics are only sabotaging their own chances for success

Republicans gain little or nothing by bailing on Trump. It didn’t work for Ted Cruz at the Cleveland convention last year and won’t have any better results today either. Conservatives are onboard with Trump’s agenda and it’s time everyone started pulling for the right side.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Republicans will ensure future success with a dose of fiscal sanity now

Making hard choices is something even the “deplorables” understand. Family budgets have not increased in years and the hope of something better is what drove tens of millions to vote for Trump. If Republicans are to keep their majorities in the future they need to remember that now.

Do Republicans retain any credibility if they fail to repeal Obamacare?

William Murchison, The American Spectator

Republicans are never entirely unhappy with half a loaf. They think on how much less than half they could have gotten. The notion of wrestling away the whole loaf and digesting it happily in front of the Democrats inspires comparatively few Republicans. They’d rather deal — a preference that comes naturally to the business, front-office types who make the party their home.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Unity-challenged GOP has come a long way since last year’s convention

If GOP “moderates” need perspective on the healthcare fight all they need to do is remember back to a year ago today when the party was fractured and there was little hope for unity. Then Republicans gathered in Cleveland to nominate Donald John Trump for president.

The Poltroon Party Gets a Reprieve on Obamacare Repeal

David Catron, The American Spectator

Americans will forgive a lot from our politicians, but we will not reward cowardice. If the Republicans arrive at November of 2018 having done nothing about Obamacare, the result will make them nostalgic for the “good old days of 2006 and 2008.” The GOP has majorities in both houses of Congress and a President with a pen in his hand. There are no excuses left. They must pass some version of BCRA or be written off by the voters as the Poltroon Party.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats’ insane Russia boomerang will return to squelch them

The Democrats are only interested in tripping up and delegitimizing Trump and talking about impeachment and Russia. It’s a tactic that is almost certain to come back to haunt them in the future. When it happens some might think it tragic; but it will still be fun to watch.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats’ rage over phony Donald Trump Jr. email scam is pathetic

The hubbub over Donald Trump Jr. is the Washington establishment’s latest desperate ploy to delegitimize the Trump presidency. But if the ruling class is to make it work they’ll need something more substantial than junk emails and a kook like Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Liberals rescue trapped whales so why won’t they help Charlie Gard?

Americans should not forget the lessons learned from the Charlie Gard case or else all of us might someday end up just as a name on a clipboard somewhere in a cluttered government conference room with our life – or death – arbitrarily in a bureaucrat’s hands.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How Disneyland showed Hillary and the Dems just don’t get gender

Hillary can try to make a political comeback but unless she and the Democrats ditch their failing message and insistence on dividing everyone into us-versus-them subgroups by race and gender then they won’t be any more successful than the last time in convincing people to choose them.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Is Trump's presidential legacy being driven by foreign policy?

President Trump’s vision has been a smashing success thus far and will likely continue as the world wakes up to the notion there’s a different philosophy governing America today. It may be the ultimate irony but Donald Trump is building his presidential legacy on foreign policy.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Establishment pans Trump’s notion of what ‘presidential’ means

Trump doesn’t care about being “presidential” because by the establishment’s definition it would mean he’d have to stop being himself and start accepting what’s failed in America. If that’s the case I’m betting most Americans would prefer someone who isn’t “presidential” at all.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Was choosing Gorsuch Trump’s greatest accomplishment to date?

Having reasonable public servants like Neil Gorsuch deciding cases at the highest level is a win-win for conservatives and America. And it’s just one of the reasons why Trump’s move to nominate Gorsuch for the Supreme Court continues to be a popular one with the voters.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Elites use Trump’s tweets to distract from their fecklessness

Whether Trump’s tweets are a distraction – or just a diversion – will be debated for a long time, no doubt. In the meantime the calendar will turn, the debt will mount and people will live their lives regardless of what the chattering class thinks about the president’s mass musings.

FedUp PAC Poll: Conservatives Back Trump On ObamaCare Repeal

When asked whether ObamaCare has succeeded or failed more than 95% of respondents to FedUp PAC’s latest poll agree that ObamaCare has failed, and should be repealed pending passage of a replacement plan.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How Donald Trump made Independence Day feel great again

The Oval Office is now occupied by a man who loves America and its people, military, traditions, laws, institutions and yes, the flag. This alone is enough to give the United States a new atmosphere, something you could sense as the fireworks exploded overhead on the Fourth of July.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Cruz foresaw Obamacare mess four years ago; was he a soothsayer?

Republicans can hold onto their base and perhaps foster inroads among other constituencies by pursuing policies that make a difference in people’s lives. For this it doesn’t require a soothsayer to foresee – it just takes political resolve and leadership to accomplish.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats leap headfirst out of bounds with ‘death party’ rhetoric

It may not be the ideal situation to move legislation without input from the other side but Democrats and their “death party” rhetoric makes it necessary. When the simple matter of trying to forge new laws is demonized to such a degree by the opposition it leaves very little choice.