Oh, who am I kidding? This bill is supremely awful and was not regular order, so McCain flipped (which was predictable but still annoying and frustrating) and Collins sold out Maine. Flake is, well, flakey. At least Murkowski got a key priority for some of her constituents--more drilling where the wildlife used to be protected. Only Corker proved to have some scruples somewhere.
The only real solace I can take from this tax bill, which is destined to hurt most Americans and also hurt America in the world, is that the GOP will pay a huge price for it. They created so many easy ads for the Democrats:
- "My opponent made it easier for you to buy and maintain a private plane while taking away tax deductions for teachers to buy equipment for the classroom."
- "You lost your access to health care, but at least you can afford the one school in the US that got a tax deduction (Hillsdale College)."
- "Hey, remember when the GOP cared about deficits? Good times"
- "Kiss medicare and medicaid goodbye"
What is the difference between Dems and GOP these days? Look at this tax bill.