When president-elect trump said that he was "draining the swamp" in Washington, he forgot to mention that he was going to restock it with more swamp creatures. I mean seriously, it's almost as if he has been living on another planet for the past few years. Did he not hear about Bridgegate?
"President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Bill Stepien — Chris Christie’s former campaign manager whom the New Jersey governor axed after becoming mired in the — as his White House political director, his transition team said Wednesday.
Stepien, who ran both of Christie’s gubernatorial campaigns and who the oversized guv fired after his name came up in emails related to the scandal over the George Washington Bridge lane closures, had been working with the Trump transition team in recent months and had previously worked on the presidential bids of George W. Bush and John McCain.
While Stepien’s hire had been expected, it was nevertheless ironic, considering Christie — who had supported Trump quickly after he abandoned his own bid and who became a prominent surrogate for the mogul — will be awarded with no title or responsibilities in the incoming administration." [Source]
Hey, he is male and he is white; that should be good enough for Herr trump.
In other news, republicans are gearing up to repeal the ACA, also known as Obamacare. I suspect that they will try to come up with something similar, but with a different name. Their "smart" supporters will be cool with that as long as it doesn't have Obama's name on it.
They better be careful, though, there are a lot of Americans who are pretty cool with the ACA. They keep saying things like "repeal and replace", but they haven't come up with a proposed replacement in eight years.
Pence was in Washington today rallying the troops, but so far we have heard nothing that remotely sounds like a plan coming from the republicans that is better than what we currently have. They will son learn that just being against something isn't enough, you have to give us an alternative, and one that actually works.
What the republicans are floating out there does not work in terms of guaranteeing health coverage for everyone, and it will be expensive to boot. According to CNN Money, repealing Obamacare will cost us $350 billion dollars.
Unfortunately for republicans, it seems the slogan that Chuck Schumer came up with for them ["Make America Sick Again"] might be all too accurate.
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