He still held to the all out attack as the key to victory. But there were others in the fleet who knew more that he about exactly how to press home that attack on the water.
He summoned Penn, Lawson and the other experienced seamen among his officers to his ripped and patched flagship. Facing them in his great cabin under the poop, he bluntly told the what he wanted to do and asked them how to do it, noting for emphasis: “Your advice shall be as binding on me as an Act of Parliament”
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Any Jackass can kick down a barn door, it takes a carpenter to build one.
There is no doubt that the failure of the Obamacare repeal bill is a failure for the Trump administration, the celebrations and glee on the left and all over cable news demonstrates how bad a failure it is, but while it’s a big failure for Trump it will be a bigger failure for conservatives if they have to explain why Obamacare remains the law of the land to voters in 2018.
Lucky (or unlucky) for them Donald Trump while a person who has a lot of experience in success is not unfamiliar with failure, either in business or politically.
We saw Trump lose Iowa, we saw Trump looking like he couldn’t get the delegates to clinch before the nomination. We saw the Trump campaign hit reef after reef and heard the same experts who spent the last 24 hours predicting his doom do the same over and over again.
Yet in the end he would win.
I could be wrong but I think this might be Trump’s George Monck on day 1 of Gabbard moment. Like England’s Admiral Monck fighting his first action at sea that day, he charged straight ahead heedless of the conditions because that’s what he always did on land and took a beating from his more experienced foe Dutch Admiral Tromp.
After that first day he consulted with subordinates more experienced in naval warfare and when he came back the next day winning a decisive victory.
If there is one thing we’ve seen from Donald Trump is that he’s more than capable of learning from his mistakes and his setbacks. His willingness to learn and adapt is why he is president today.
The media is confidently predicting doom and defeat I predict that Trump, being Trump will learn from this defeat and use those lesson to pass the rest of his agenda before returning to Obamacare. In fact I strongly suspect that he will learn a lot more from this defeat than my friends and allies in the freedom caucus will learn from their victory today, who while keeping themselves pure have apparently forgotten how to count.
So I’m going to go out on a limb and make a prediction.
Before the next election, perhaps even before the end of the year, we will see a deal made and a new healthcare bill passed on Trump’s terms.
The only questions will be: What will those terms be? and Who will the deal be made with?
May we conservatives be smart enough to make sure we like the answer to those questions.
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