Sunday began with President Trump assailing conservatives for ruining his Obamacare repeal and replace plans, while conservatives showed no remorse about what they'd done.
After a tweet by Trump slamming the conservative House Freedom Caucus for saving "Planned Parenthood & Ocare," Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said on ABC's "This Week" he had come to Washington to bury Obamacare, not to praise it by leaving some of it intact, as the Republican replacement plan would do.
The co-founder of the Freedom Caucus suggested the group did the nation a favor. "Maybe we did the country a favor because this bill didn't repeal Obamacare," said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Fox News Sunday. "It didn't repeal Obamacare. It didn't bring down premiums."
Despite a Trump tweet Friday inviting viewers to watch a Fox News show on which host Judge Jeanine Pirro demanded Speaker Paul Ryan's resignation, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on Fox News Sunday that the president hoped the speaker would stay on. "I think it was more coincidental. There was no pre-planning here," Priebus said of the tweet and Pirro's demand. Meadows, who helped unseat former Speaker John Boehner, said he was not going to try the same thing with Ryan.
Democratic gloating over the Obamacare replacement disaster continued, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer forecast on ABC's "The Week" that Trump, who "lacks basic competence," would fail at tax reform too. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the Obamacare replacement effort would be back once it start to fail and Democrats get the blame.
Mulvaney also revealed during his appearance on "This Week" that Trump will undo a major Obama rule on carbon emissions Tuesday.
Democrats staged what appeared to be a coordinated effort to promote establishing an independent panel to probe possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on "Meet the Press" he would be "open" to the idea. And Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House intel panel, suggested his committee's probe had been tainted by partisanship after the GOP chair, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, decided to brief Trump on the monitoring of his campaign without first telling members of the Committee.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was trounced by Trump in the GOP primaries, told CNN that while he didn't see himself running for president again, one never wants to close the door on such an opportunity. And former Vice President Joe Biden said that if he hadn't decided not to run for president after the death of his son, it would be he, and not Trump, inhabiting the Oval Office at the moment.
And finally, though not noticeably wearing a tin foil hat, California Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Trump's Mexico wall might just be as much a plot to keep people from leaving the United States — like the Berlin Wall in Europe — as it is to keep people from coming in.
It's not for nothing that Brown was known, during his earlier stint running the state in the 1970s, as Gov. Moonbeam.