Ezra Klein, Vox, March 24, 2017: How Paul Ryan played Donald Trump
Ezra Klein points out something that has been obvious to many of us, but perhaps not so many in the media. He has become a pitchman for Paul Ryan because he didn't have the time or patience or perhaps the intellectual ability to really understand the complexities of both Obamacare and Trumpcare (or is it Ryancare?). Trump has spent the past week fighting for a health care bill that he didn't campaign on, had little to do in writing it, doesn't understand what's in it and therefore cannot talk about it or "make a deal" to get it moving in Congress. And most of all he is inept at defending it.
The bill is miles from the terms of the proposed health care bill he campaigned on, and has been forced to adopt the "Ryan plan" as his own...or sort of. Ryan meanwhile has been heaping praise on Trump for "being the ultimate closer" on this deal. Quoting Ryan, "I've never seen a president as deep and as involved and engaged on passing the signature legislation as this one." Ryan knows how to appeal to Trump's ego with flattery.
And that folks is how Ryancare became Trumpcare.
Trump, the ultimate con artist, has been conned by Ryan. However, he can never admit it. He will cast blame on Congress, Democrats and Barack Obama after the bill fails.
Nice piece. Don't forget that Trump is an accidental President.