Of course, the repeal effort isn't really dead. There are already rumors that they might try again. But for one night, I was able to forget that and just be happy that they failed to repeal it this time.
So, what's next? In a more normal political environment, the Republicans might perhaps try talking to the Democrats and work out a bipartisan plan to fix the problems with the ACA. There are some ideas out there for this approach, including one put forward by a group of congresspeople that includes my representative.
I don't actually expect any bipartisan efforts unless there is a leadership challenge in one or both houses of congress, though. Sadly, what will probably happen is that the administration will intensify its actions to sabotage the ACA, hoping that this somehow softens the American people up for their poorly thought out "reforms."
There has been some really good commentary about what went wrong for the Republicans. Here are two pieces I found particularly useful:
- Adam Jentelson, Harry Reid's former Deputy Chief of Staff, wrote a few days ago about the flaws in McConnell's approach.
- Ezra Klein about the terrible process and the terrible bill, and how that reflects a deep problem in the Republican party right now.
I am no expert, but I think the Republican party is too much controlled by its donors right now, to the point that it was willing to ignore a pretty clear message from its voters on this bill. Will Republican voters punish them for this in 2018? I do not know. However, if they do not, I think the rot will intensify and I really do worry that our political system may not survive this period. We might come out with something better afterwards... but the path to that is unlikely to be pleasant.
Needless to say, I really hope that Republican voters hold their elected representatives accountable for this recent behavior. Failing that, I hope we can get enough Democrat voters to the polls to at least take back the House. Failing that... I don't know.
Was the death of Vladimir Putin's former media czar a hit? This story is pretty scary.
Even scarier: Trump's speech on Long Island today. Anyone continuing to support Trump has to reckon with what his words are doing here. This sort of rhetoric does not lead anywhere good.
I think the plight of the Facebook cafeteria workers is a failure of local government to address housing issues as much as it is a Facebook failure... but if Zuckerberg really is considering a run for President, he'd better start thinking about how he'll answer questions about this problem.
Here's a cool story:
Meet the Teen Inventor Who Wants to Get the Navajo Nation Off Coal https://t.co/xEHYQ1IOoO— Aaron Yazzie (@YazzieSays) July 27, 2017
You really need to watch this:
When everything seems impossible remember that Rhiannon Giddens can make a kazoo sound like this. https://t.co/XrO121zWey— Alyssa Harad (@alyssaharad) July 22, 2017
Dull, Perthshire, sister community to Boring, Oregon, has just twinned with Bland, New South Wales, and I have hope again for our species. pic.twitter.com/n21KMkloZ4— Pádraig Belton (@PadraigBelton) July 26, 2017
But bunnies are still the cutest:
Happy weekend, everyone!