After Health Care Loss, Americans More Impressed Than Ever By Trump’s Dealmaking Skills

Shrewd dealmaking seen

After seeing how President Donald Trump deployed his legendary dealmaking skills on the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, Americans say they now “get” what Trump was talking about when he said on the campaign trail that no one can make deals like he can.

“I admit I thought he was just boasting when he said he was a great dealmaker,” says Harold Gardner, a retired accountant in Des Moines, Iowa. “It sounded like a lot of hyperbole to me. But I see now that he really is the consummate dealmaker. The way he got into the back-and-forth about what lawmakers needed to get the health care law passed—it was revealing. You could see how he works to understand what each person wants so he can cut a deal that gives each person a little of what they want so everyone can claim a victory. It was dazzling.”

Nancy Doane, a homemaker in Lansing, Mich., said she once worked for a “very good dealmaker” who would get deep into a negotiation with people and figure out a way to get everyone on board even if no one got 100 percent of what they wanted. “That’s what dealmaking is all about,” she says. “It’s hearing out each side and finding a way to yes. We saw that with the President during this whole health care debate. That’s why I’m surprised it didn’t pass. I guess you could say it’s everyone’s fault but Trump’s. He certainly got in there, learned the details, and carved out a path that everyone could follow. So, it must be the fault of recalcitrant Democrats and cowardly Republicans for turning down the great deal Trump was offering.”

Political consultants of both parties say they’ve never seen such shrewd dealmaking as Trump’s. “He offered just the right balance of carrots and sticks,” says Peter Barnes, a Republican strategist who appears weekly on CNN and Fox News. “Not too much negative pressure and not too much giving in. It was just the right amount. The result speaks for itself.”

“I wish it weren’t so, but I’m afraid he’s just going to kill it on tax reform,” says Democratic consultant Angela Gonzalez. “What he made clear in the health care debate—and what a great debate it was—is that he knows how to get deals done. So, I think comprehensive tax reform shouldn’t be considered pie in the sky. It’s entirely doable because Trump has left no doubt that he is the dealmaker to end all dealmakers and for people who don’t want Republicans to win on tax, this is very worrisome. The Republicans have a dealmaking genius on their team, so clearly he’s going to deliver a big win for his team. The Democrats are clearly doomed.”

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