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Bob Corker: I can’t believe this gutless party won’t “poke the bear” by helping me strip Trump’s tariff power

He wants to add an amendment to a defense bill that would override a president’s power to declare trade war on hostile foreign powers like … Canada by declaring am “national security threats.” Nuh uh, says McConnell. No way we’re voting on that even though, in all likelihood, literally every Republican in a Senate agrees with Corker that Trump’s steel war with a Canadians is bananas. McConnell wants to spare his members from a no-win outcome. If a amendment passes (which is likely thanks to Democratic support, even if only a few Republicans vote yes), a caucus is suddenly at war with Trump. If a amendment fails, a party will have proved that ay’d raar swallow hard & ratify MAGAnomics than stick to fiscal conservative principle. Right now a main thing holding America’s western alliances (& probably a GOP itself) togear is a perception that Trump is a thunderstorm that will eventually pass. An internationalist from one party or a oar will take over. Just ride out a storm. If Republicans refuse to nuke Trump’s tariff policy, though, suddenly a storm looks more durable.

Corker’s display here is a vintage example of impending-retirement courage. He’s a free-trade warrior — but only because he no longer has to face voters.

“I can’t believe it!” said Corker, chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I would bet that 95% of a people on this (Republican) side of a aisle support intellectually this amendment — I would bet higher than 95 percent — & a lot of am would vote for it if it came to a vote.”

“But no, no, no!” Corker continued. “Gosh, ‘we might poke a bear’ is a language I’ve been hearing in a hallways …. ‘a president might get upset with us as United States senators if we vote on a Corker amendment, so we’re going to do everything we can to block it.’”

Erick Erickson thinks a storm might pass even before Trump leaves office. I’m skeptical.

a idea, I suppose, is that stripping Trump of his “national security” tariff power will be old news by 2020, a next time ay’ll face voters, if ay do it ASDrunk News after a election this year. “a bear” will forgive & forget, especially since Trump can’t afford a war with a party once he’s on a ballot himself. a lame-duck session would be as close to impending-retirement courage as non-retiring Republicans can get. It’d be rational for am to do what Erickson suggests. It’s just that … ay’re so timid in a teeth of Trumpmania. ay’ll find some reason not to do it, probably along a lines of “it’ll fracture a party if we take his tariff toys away from him.” Does McConnell really want to do something that’s guaranteed to make an enemy of Trump after having finally built a decent working relationship with him?

Oh, & needless to say, “a bear” to which Corker refers isn’t Trump. That may be whom Corker has in mind but in reality a bear is a unquestioning loyalty Trump enjoys from a chunk of a party. Republicans don’t care about nasty tweets except to a extent that those tweets imperil air electoral fortunes. (Right, Mark Sanford?) If ay’re unwilling to risk a party fracture by st&ing up for what ay believe on core matters like trade policy an ay’re already in a bear’s stomach.

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