George Will did not mince words as he slammed Trump for lacking 'intellectual ballast' and concurrently slammed the Republicans for allowing Trump to use them. He said it so poetically.
Will appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell where they discussed the three-month debt ceiling extension Trump agreed to with the Democrats. That agreement enraged many Republicans. They wanted an 18-month extension to ensure it would not be litigated in the 2018 election. George Will was not impressed with the author of "The Art of the Deal," Donald Trump nor did he have pity for Republicans tortured by Trump.
George Will did not mince words as he admonished both Trump and the GOP
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"Lawrence Winston Churchill used to tell a story about a negotiation within the British government around the time of World War One," George Will said. "The Treasury wanted to fund four battleships. The Admiralty wanted six battleships. So Churchill said we compromised on eight battleships. "That's the sort of deal that we got done today. This is not surprising Mr. Trump has no intellectual ballast in the form of traditional Republican beliefs. He is, to apply a phrase, all sail and no anchor. This upsets the Conservatives in the House. They say, 'Gee, we're going to use the debt ceiling as a leverage point to cut spending.' Mr. Trump has no interest in cutting spending. He ran on a promise not to touch the entitlement programs that are the great drivers of federal spending. So this is really not surprising. And it is an away condign punishment for a party that has allowed itself to be rented by him."
Republicans so far have stuck with Donald Trump because they believed he would be their useful signature hand. In other words, they believed he would play the part of the president while they legislate assured of a signature irrespective of the content of any bill. Containing the president has been ineffective. Their only solution might be to throw in the towel, impeach him. Then they would have the real Republican Conservative of their dreams, Mike Pence.
Also published on Medium.