EDITORIAL: Trump's new besties
- President Donald Trump made a deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.
- The move shocked and angered some Republicans in Congress.
- Really? Is this the where some GOP lawmakers draw the line? On compromise?
It just doesn’t have the same ring that it once did.
Eight months into Donald Trump’s presidency — forever, it feels since he announced his presidency by disparaging an entire ethnic group — every week or so brings a new outrage that should take any American’s breath away.
But striking a surprise deal with Democratic leaders to raise the debt ceiling?
That’s hardly worth tweeting about in the grand scheme of Trump world.
Yet some Republicans are in a tither — shocked, betrayed and seething.
So they’re fine with the genital-grabbing, Russia-cuddling (or worse), norm-smashing, narcissistic, name-calling, bullying liar … until he compromises with Democrats.
We now know where the line is for a few more Republicans.
And it’s pathetic.
For one thing, the debt ceiling was going to be raised. Period. Economic chaos was the alternative, and only the most masochistic in the GOP would have chosen that path.
Of course, some would have done so. The Republican Party is so fractured it can’t find consensus even on its signature promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Given the recklessness of some in the GOP, the debt ceiling move and the short-term appropriations bill to keep the government running were always going to need Democratic votes to pass.
All Trump did with his embrace of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is remove some of the drama and hostage-taking that lately has accompanied these must-do bills.
Plus, they removed unnecessary distractions as Congress turns its attention to helping the millions of Americans affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
It’s not like Trump deserves a medal. Normally, this is what we’d expect from a president.
But Trump isn’t normal, and we doubt very much this is the beginning of bipartisan effort to break the logjam in Washington.
Based on the president’s prior behavior, this deal with Democrats is more likely just another petty dig at his own party.
We could be wrong.
Maybe the man-child in the Oval Office is growing up and will now be putting the needs of the country ahead of his own baffling whims.
Now that would be gasp-worthy.