Thursday is apparently the day when Paul Ryan, the anointed intellectual godfather of the right wing in Congress, and Donald Trump, otherwise known as a Russian stooge at this point, are going to put the American Health Care Act to a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.
According to members of the Freedom Caucus, a right wing group of Tea Party conservatives, the bill does not have the votes. According to Donald Trump, the self-styled ultimate closer and dealmaker who somehow went bankrupt in the casino business, the bill is going to pass because…um, Obamacare bad. Seriously, that is the logic at this point.
What about Iowa’s first district Congressman Rod Blum? Normally, his vote is in line with Paul Ryan and the stooges because Rod Blum is a nothing member of the House. Really, take a moment and try and find any legislation the guy has authored or fought for in any way that is substantive. Take a moment and try to find a hearing where he was a forceful contributor. I will be here waiting for your reply.
The guy will not meet with his constituents, but according to his own Twitter account he is not going to support the bill. Blum adds the important caveat “in its current form” which allows him the wiggle room to vote yes if some inconsequential change is made and he can go home without being called a spineless liar.
I will not hold my breath expecting him to be an actual no vote when the arm twisting is done, but stranger things have happened.