As we noted earlier, the GOP probably wants to keep Roy Moore from conceding for as long as possible. Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie agrees:
— THE FLIMSY MAJORITY: Governing in Washington has now become a coin flip. Republicans’ 51-49 majority isn’t much of a majority at all. This doesn’t have much of an impact at the moment, because Luther Strange will remain in the Senate until the end of the year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters yesterday.
Tax reform is likely safe, as the Senate plans a Monday vote, and the House a Tuesday vote. But anything else the president wants to do legislatively is going to face stiff headwinds. Trump can lose only one vote on anything. And he’s beat up on key Republicans like Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), so his margin for error is completely nonexistent. Any single Republican senator will have leverage to exact concessions from the leadership given the razor-thin majority. McConnell will have to guide the White House more than ever. PROBABLY DEAD ON ARRIVAL: Any sort of overhaul of entitlements. A LOT HARDER: Repealing Obamacare. A BETTER BET? Infrastructure.
I disagree that the Billions for Billionaires is a safe bet, and even yesterday they said that the Republicans had made no progress.
At the top of the Axios morning email thingie:
Good Wednesday morning. Situational awareness: A White House official, confirming a WashPost report, tells me the top tax rate in the GOP package will be cut from 39.6% to 37%. “We never intended to raise people’s taxes,” the official told me. The rate cut is designed to compensate for lost deductibility of state and local taxes, and should make up the difference in most places besides California and New York, the official said.
Expect the Californian and NYer Republican representatives to rebel in the house, and that’s enough to sink it.
Comrade Stupid’s Republican Party is old, white, Christian, male, and if they can’t keep Alabama, they can’t keep anything. If Republicans nominate candidates who are too nutty to win general elections, they will lose their control of Congress. They pretty much already have.