Vice President Mike Pence is making the rounds this week in defense of a controversial budget deal that has angered many Trump supporters, to say nothing of conservative Republicans who see the deal as one more failure on the part of the congressional GOP. On Tuesday, Pence stopped by the Rush Limbaugh show, where the iconic right-wing host challenged the vice president to explain what, exactly, voters were supposed to be getting when they pulled the lever for Republican candidates.
“What is the point of voting Republican if the Democrats are gonna continue to win practically 95 percent of their objectives, such as in this last budget deal?” Limbaugh asked.
Pence said that years of congressional immobilization had made it difficult for President Trump to get his agenda through, but that there were more bright spots to the budget than many critics were willing to admit.
“Look, you’ve had Washington, D.C., that has been paralyzed by gridlock and partisan infighting for many years, and in this new president you have someone who was able to bring people together and make a $21 billion increase in defense spending at a time of great challenge for America’s interests around the world,” Pence said.
Limbaugh said that it was tough to celebrate such a meager win in light of how much liberal crap the Democrats were able to stuff into the trillion-dollar deal.
“If I’m the Democrats, $21 billion, 15 billion for defense that was not originally authorized, that’s a small price to pay for continuing to fund refugee resettlement, continuing to fund Planned Parenthood, continuing to fund sanctuary cities, continuing to fund the EPA, and not build the wall,” Limbaugh said.
“The Democrats clearly think this is a big win, and they’re confident they can block Trump’s agenda after this spending bill for the rest of Trump’s term,” the conservative host continued. “There isn’t anything of the president’s agenda in this budget, and people are beginning to ask, when’s that gonna happen? If you’re gonna shut it down in September, why not now?”
Limbaugh, like many conservatives who voted for Trump, is beginning to wonder if the president’s promise to drain the swamp and actually go toe-to-toe with the Democrats was just so much hot air.
Voters who are abandoning Trump over this budget are perhaps jumping the gun – this is, after all, just a five-month extension and we are, after all, still in the opening days of the Trump presidency.
But when you take this budget deal in context with the Republican failure to pass healthcare legislation, you do have ample reason for concern. Hopefully, a big tax reform bill can ease some of those concerns, but after these two enormous legislative failures, we don’t blame anyone who is skeptical.