A few minutes ago, President Donald Trump signed the Republicans’ tax overhaul into law. From his desk, he used both the words “tremendous” and “fantastic” to describe it. Next he’s off to Florida, to his campy-vulgar Mar-a-Lago to relax at at taxpayers’ expense. What, him worry? He’s not concerned about the impact on millions of Americans, or the fact that this foolhardy legislation has low poll numbers just like he does. No, he’s got what his team sees as a legislative win, after a year of a lot of saber-rattling to misdirect your attention away from their scandals but nothing that looks like an accomplishment. This isn’t either, to anyone but them.
I recommend a shot of bourbon for days like this, but if schedule, taste or sobriety warn you off that, I recommend this article updated this morning. New Jersey’s one of the reasons, despite the fact our voter turnout cratered. And Bill Stepien makes an appearance. Y’all remember Chris Christie’s 2-time campaign manager and Deputy COS is now Trump’s White House political director. This week, Stepien was still trying to sell the press some happy bullshit about Republicans’ outlook for the midterms. But he shouldn’t count his chickens. No, 2018 came early and it’s ours, but only if we make it happen. Headline’s a link to the POLITICO piece, and Alex Isenstadt’s not the only one telling the same story this week.
Photo above: Trump with RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel. (Susan Walsh/AP). Photo of Trump: Jabin Botsford/Washington Post