Who Is This Subdued Guy?

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With the Obamacare repeal bill on life support, Sean Spicer is giving a very subdued press briefing today so far. Hard to be cocky when you’re losing.

You can’t emphasize enough how much a loss will set back Republicans on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Trump’s projection as a man to be feared, deal-maker, change agent, controller of his own destiny is all wrapped up in winning. It’s hard to find cover in politics after a loss.

Things slip away.

Power ebbs.

Don’t buy any cutesy political analysis that a loss on Obamacare repeal is really a win for the GOP, or not as bad as it seems, or anything short of a disaster.

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David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.
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