What Will It Take for the GOP to Pass its Terrible Tax Bill? George Zornick on Senate politics, plus Joan Walsh on sexual harassment in Washington and Rick Perlstein on Republicans against Trump

Nov 29, 2017, 09:02 PM

What will it take for Republicans to pass “the biggest tax scam in history” (Paul Krugman’s phrase)?  George Zornick reports on the obstacles the GOP is facing in the Senate, and the pressure its members are feeling from donors.  Still to come, if the bill passes the Senate: problems in the House, where the Tea Party Republicans may be more serious about the deficit and the debt.

Plus: Sexual harassment in Washington—we’ve learned a lot about that in the last week, and about the way Congress deals with complaints against its members.  The procedures have been called “flawed.”  Joan Walsh comments, starting with the different cases of John Conyers and Al Franken.

Also: Republicans who have stood up to Trump—like Jeff Flake and John McCain—seem like truth-telling heroes to a lot of liberals; but not to Rick Perlstein.  The author of the classic political history Nixonland talks about the trouble with anti-Trump Republicans.