As "repeal and replace" of Obamacare was one of Trump's main promises on the campaign trail and the ease with which he promised it would be done it was stunning that he could not lock down the votes to pass the bill.
Almost as soon as the postponement was announced Trump then called for an "up or down" vote on the very same bill to happen today.
With that Trump and his administration went to work brow beating, arm twisting and just plain threatening the house members who had intended to vote "no" on the bill.
Surely the man who wrote "The Art Of The Deal" and built a multi-billion dollar empire could garner enough support in a congress, which by the way is overwhelmingly weighted in the Republicans favor, to pass his first yuge piece of legislation?
The answer is no he couldn't.
It all seemed so positive on the morning shows as the Trump surrogates scurried around assuring all who asked that they were positive Trump had gotten the votes to get the bill over the hump.
But that confidence was shattered at 3:35 p.m. when Donald Trump asked Speaker Ryan to pull the bill from the floor after it became abundantly clear they still did not have enough votes to get their Trumpcare bill passed.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who spoke to the press just twenty-five minutes after the the vote was canceled, admitted...
"Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land. We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. I don't know how long it's going to take us to replace this law."
As Ryan conducted himself like a man and admitted defeat Donald Trump on the other hand acted like a petulant child and began his blame game and started deflecting all responsibility...
"We had no Democrat support” --- “I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare. They own it. Hundred percent own it. And this is not a Republican healthcare, this is not anything but a Democrat healthcare and they have Obamacare for a little while longer until it ceases to exist, which it will at some point in the near future.”
Trump even went so far as to blame his Son-in-law Jared Kushner for being in Aspen, Colorado on a family skiing trip with Ivanka and their children at such a crucial time while he toiled all alone in Washington.
Trump then insisted that he could not be blamed for the defeat because he never said he would “repeal and replace (Obamacare) within 64 days”.
That is a lie.
He not only promised that he would repeal and replace Obamacare while he was on the campaign trail but in addition said doing so would "be so easy" and that he would do it "immediately" on "day one".
Here are several videos of Trump promising just how great his plan will be and how easily he will be able to replace Obamacare with it...
The dim-wit even tweeted it...
The epic failure of Trump's health care bill is being viewed as a major setback for Trump's leadership as he had hyped himself as being someone who was able to strike the biggest and best deals easily. Being unable to get his first major piece of legislation through a heavily Republican stocked congress raises questions about just how good a deal-maker he actually is all the while underscoring his shocking lack of legislative and policy experience.
The inability of Republicans to reach consensus on a bill, given their control of the House, Senate and White House, has also hurt the Republican's image as a party that can govern as they have vowed repeatedly over the past eight years that it was their mission to repeal and replace Obamacare. They voted on doing just that over sixty times while President Obama was in office. The inability to achieve what seems to be their raison d'etre while possessing a majority in the House, Senate and the Oval Office is stunning in it's ineptitude.
After this particularly awful 9th week of Trump's term which saw...
• The nightmarish meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
• The start of an international incident by charging that President Obama may have had England wiretap Trump Towers
• Having FBI director James Comey then debunk those very wiretapping claims in front of a house intelligence committee
• Devin Nunes running over to the White house to tattle to Trump about nonexistent FBI surveillance and then having to apologize for doing so
• Having the AP drop the news that Trump's one time campaign manager Paul Manafort was paid $10 million a year by a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin
• Shelving the first Trumpcare vote
• And ultimately failing to get the votes and having to kill the bill the very next day
One cannot help but think theye might watching a political party slowly (quickly?) self destruct.
FACT CHECK: Donald Trump did not write "The Art Of The Deal." Tony Schwartz wrote it. Much like everything else Trump just slapped his name on it.