Senate Dems Watch GOP Squirm Over O’Care, Pence Won’t Rule Out Waterboarding, And Obama Reckons With Trump

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November 21st, 2016

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Senate Dems Pass The Popcorn And Watch GOP Squirm Over Obamacare

The Gist: After years of campaign ads railing against Obamacare, Democrats are waiting for Republicans to unveil their big plan.

Priebus On Muslim Registry: I Won’t ‘Rule Out Anything’

The Gist: Priebus appeared open to the Trump administration creating a registry of visitors and immigrants from certain countries.

Pence Won’t Say Whether Trump Will Bring Back Waterboarding

The Gist: Pence did not rule out the possibility of the Trump administration using the practice of waterboarding, which many experts say constitutes torture.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) argued on Friday in an implicit rebuke of Donald Trump that the Republican Party must be a party for “all citizens, regardless of their race, gender or where they are born and raised,” TPM’s Esme Cribb reported. Speaking at the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention in Washington, Haley said that the President-elect’s unexpected election victory “was not an affirmation of the way Republicans have conducted themselves.”

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “Trump’s election has sprung into overdrive a debate we’ve been having in the world of politics for more than a year: Is Trumpism largely about economic distress tied to globalization and neo-liberal economics or is it mainly driven by a white racial backlash against minorities Trump supporters believe are cutting to the front of the line in the race for economic preferment and cultural centrality? I largely put myself in the second camp. But as I think most people realize, these are not mutually exclusive explanations. And whichever side of the equation you come down on, what the Democrats need are issues that cut across the regional/racial/class divide we saw in the 2016 election. Medicare does that.”

Say What?!

“If they started waterboarding, I swear to you that we’d have them in court in a New York minute.”

– Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that he and others in the Senate will push back against anyone who wants to go back to waterboarding.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “I wouldn’t expect any repercussions for overreach. Reagan’s lies are still promoted as genius leadership even if Trump cast some shade on Reagan’s sainthood. Shining city on the hill (make America great again?); tax cuts for the top will trickle down to all workers increasing tax revenues; the right to work trumps the right to organize; etc. etc. Then, we have already forgotten the Bush tax cuts would shrink the deficit, deregulation of EPA save jobs, FEMA mismanagement works, attempt at Social Security privatization, neocons and wars to spread democracy in the ME. Obama was able to max out the Democratic multicultural constituency for 8 years of treading water while fixing a bankrupt economy and now all those really bad conservative ideas on hiatus have returned with a vengeance.”

Related: Democrats believe Republicans don’t have an alternative to Obamacare because they too know there are political and policy risks associated with committing to an actual plan.

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What We’re Reading

Obama reckons with a Trump presidency. (The New Yorker)

How Van Jones became a star of the 2016 campaign. (The New York Times)