From the Washington Post reportage on the failure of Trumpcare by Robert Costa, Ashley Parker, and Philip Rucker, we note this peculiar detail from the Human Stain’s outreach to Congress:
He cajoled and charmed uncertain members, offering flattery and attention to some and admonishment and the vague threat of political retribution to others. He invited members to the White House for bowling sessions, gave others rides on Air Force One (complete with lasagna) and grinned for pictures in the Oval Office, where he reminded lawmakers of his margins of victory in their districts.
Is Air Force One noted for its delicious lasagna? Is lasagna the Human Stain’s idea of fancy international cuisine? Who the eff is going to be impressed by a plate of lasagna? Lasagna is one of those foods like pumpkin pie: the difference between the best possible version of this dish and the worst is pretty marginal. It’s hard to mess up, but even the best possible version isn’t that great, so why bother?
This account of the failure of the American Health Care Act of 2017 reveals in all its obvious glory what the Human Stain doesn’t understand about government and how it’s entirely different from “business.” He treated these Republicans as through they were investors rather than congressmen and women who care about one thing and one thing only: reelection, when they’re accountable to their voters. Again and again, representatives said they enjoyed his hospitality at the White House bowling alley and on Air Force One, but that this charm offensive did nothing to persuade them to vote for the AHCA to repeal the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Nothing, because their phones were ringing with constituents 1,000:1 telling them not to support the bill.
The Human Stain is not only corrupt and indecent. He’s the $hittiest lobbyist in the world if he thinks “complete with lasagna” is the way to close.