March 27, 2017
'Originalism' — another word for the rule of law
Byron York: lessons from the GOP Obamacare debacle
Zito: What’s the matter with small town America?
GOP cave on Obamacare repeal is the biggest broken promise in political history
Paul Ryan thought Trump could woo the Freedom Caucus. He was wrong
'Originalism' — another word for the rule of law: Throughout the weeks leading up to Judge Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, the Left took aim at his "originalist" view of the law, the philosophy he candidly shares in common with the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Liberal commentators have presented characteristically obtuse explanations of what "originalism" or "textualism" means. In the hearings, Democratic senators followed suit, hinting that the judicial philosophy might somehow be a cover for racism or sexism. But absolutely nothing could be farther from the truth.
Byron York: lessons from the GOP Obamacare debacle: The bill’s defeat left Republicans reeling and looking for answers. “The Obamacare train wreck was a failure for President Trump and a disaster for House Republicans,” York writes. “That is, it was worse for Republicans, because they had been at it for so long, but it was plenty bad for Trump.” Here are 14 lessons that the GOP must commit to memory immediately.
Zito: What’s the matter with small town America? The nation has experienced a wave of urbanization, a phenomenon that has some questioning the value of places like little Uniontown, Pennsylvania. “The elites, who have the power, money, influence and education in every aspect of society, find the way of life of those living in small towns to be intolerable,” Zito writes. “They think that, because you live in a small town, you're pining away while waiting for the next factory to be built, or have succumbed to heroin addiction, or lack the education and motivation to mobilize yourself to get out of there.” If they left the coasts though, the columnist’s convinced they’d see a different picture.
GOP cave on Obamacare repeal is the biggest broken promise in political history: President Bush told the country to read his lips on tax hikes. President Clinton promised a middle-class tax cut. And President Obama pledged to close Guantanamo Bay. Each political promise fell through but none compare to the Republican party’s current Obamacare fib. Philip Klein explains why that one’s the biggest.
Paul Ryan thought Trump could woo the Freedom Caucus. He was wrong: And honestly, he should’ve known better. Leadership hasn't gotten along with the Freedom Caucus since those obstinate conservatives started meeting in the basement of a Mexican restaurant on Capitol Hill. First, they scalped John Boehner, driving the former speaker to give up his gavel. Then they reduced Ryan to writing a wish list of policy proposals. Somehow GOP leadership thought things would be different under Trump though.
Paul Ryan could’ve been reduced to Speaker Trump: If Ryan would’ve put the bill on the floor and let it fail, he would’ve made his majority vulnerable during the midterms. What’s more he might as well have handed his speaker’s gavel over to the president.
Trump and the media insecurity: “Despite being a profession almost entirely comprised of the badly dressed and the socially awkward,” Eddie Scarry writes, “the national news media tends to have an outsized ego and resents President Trump because he punctured it.”
Why is Trump getting briefings on his company if he's cut ties to it? When President Trump agreed only to interrupt his formal role in his business by handing over control to his sons — not to divest himself at all or give them ownership — it sent shudders through the ethics-in-government crowd. But his eldest son will provide the president with quarterly briefings on the company’s well being.