Finley: Trump at war again - with GOP

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How "deplorable" this particular vote bank is can be seen in all the crudities expressed by Trump and all his racist and authoritarian stances adopted by him to appeal to that constituency, now seen by all as his "core constituency". It's simple, and still so complicated.

Kelly, a retired general, took over for former Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), who was ousted in a shakeup at the Executive Mansion earlier this summer.

"Without making any predictions, such a scenario is plausible: Democrats could lose two of the incumbents defending dark red states, in states such as Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia, but otherwise hold everything else, while Republicans could lose the only two seemingly vulnerable seats among their much smaller stable of incumbent-held states: Arizona and Nevada".

President Trump has threatened to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn't fund his border wall.

"President Trump is strategically separating himself from Republicans in Congress, an extraordinary move to deflect blame if the GOP agenda continues to flounder". "It seems to be really a one-man spiral to the bottom". Some independent commentators have even questioned Trump's mental state give that, as head of the USA armed forces, he has his finger on the "nuclear button" - the procedure that launches a nuclear attack.

Mr Trump added heat in the rift with congressional leaders including Mr McConnell via Twitter just this week.

"Republicans need to stop the chaos and sort themselves out in a hurry", House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Thursday.

Democratic legislators became some of Johnson's most vocal and problematic critics of the war, leading to a number of primary challenges to the president's re-election bid in 1968 before he made a decision to withdraw from the race. They may be harder to win over given the current rancorous atmosphere. Ryan's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The effect that produces may not be enormous, and most Republican members come from safe districts, but even a marginal impact could make a difference.

"In politics, it's a mistake to personalize things, particularly if it's a member of your own team", veteran Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said Wednesday.

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Ryan and McConnell are more powerful right now than a president weakened by his own big mouth and they say the ceiling will be raised before the late September deadline.

The President has tied the debate to building his promised wall along the Mexican border.

McConnell was "unequivocal" about it, said spokesman Don Stewart. "I have to. I have been talking about it for a two-year period".

Perhaps Trump is hoping to incite a coup that replaces McConnell. There have been various shocks during his first seven months but no true surprises. And stylistically and substantively, they are worlds apart.

To say nothing of the wisdom of eliminating the filibuster-Democrats would likely use this to their advantage whenever they regain control of the Senate-Trump then bragged about his legislative successes just 11 minutes after the filibuster tweet. Without his support, the GOP stands a chance - if somewhat unlikely - of losing its Senate majority.

The speech also is meant to show that Trump will be engaged in the tax-reform process as soon as Congress returns from an August recess early next month. And Gov. Matt Bevin, who challenged McConnell in the 2014 Republican primary, noted he and the senator "haven't always been the tightest of buds" but praised McConnell for getting Justice Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, a super PAC allied with Trump launched attack ads against Nevada Sen.

In public, Trump has stopped repeating his vow to make Mexico pay for the wall - which Republican lawmakers have estimated would require US$12 billion to US$15 billion - though his aides insist that's still the president's intention.

From Fox News polling in May: Only 36 percent of Americans think a wall is going to happen, including 64 percent of Trump voters and 59 percent of Republicans.

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