( CNN) This was far more than a routine legislative flub. It is a cautioning to congressional Republican and the Trump White House.
The embarrassing breakdown of the Republican effort to repeal and supplant the Affordable Care Act makes clear the limits of the GOP’s unwise, unworkable insisting on shutting Democrat out of lawmaking. The refusal to move any existing legislation forward without Democratic referendums will bedevil Ryan and Trump as they attempt to rewrite the tax codes, immigration laws and the nation’s multi-trillion-dollar budget.
For decades, success in Congress depended on an alliance between Republican and republican, so-called Blue Dog Democrat. The answer was a string of centrist deals that marginalized ultra-liberal and super conservative members and allowed legislation to move forward.