Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking some flak for condescendingly suggesting that President Trump didn't understand “the reality of the complexity of legislating” and had “excessive expectations about how quickly things get done in the democratic process.” Chief among those hurling the flak was Trump himself, who tweeted back that Republicans have been promising to “repeal and replace” Obamacare for seven years, so why is it not done yet? Only in Washington would taking over seven years to get a bill passed be considered a rush job.

I can understand how a simple real estate developer might not understand that passing a bill is a complicated endeavor, nothing like the simple, overnight process of erecting a 50-story hotel. But when you take so long that the hotel could have been built and open to the public for six years already while the bill you’ve been promising the voters who elected you still isn’t written, that’s not the “democratic process.” That’s the thwarting of the democratic process.

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