Tuesday's HOT MIC

Tuesday's HOT MIC


President Trump is going to take a stab at tax reform.


President Trump is hosting a dinner at the White House Tuesday night for a bipartisan group of senators. On the menu: his plan to overhaul the tax code.

Republican leaders in the Senate are making plans to advance tax legislation on a simple, party-line vote. But after dissenting Republicans torpedoed the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Trump is eager to line up some Democratic supporters for insurance.

The guest list for Tuesday's dinner includes Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. All three are up for re-election next year in states that Trump carried by wide margins.

Republican promises of tax reform have become the political version of Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. It's all been one big tease for so long that reading about attempts to accomplish anything on the tax front should be done with a lot of eye rolling.

What a Democrat "fix" would look like is a bit unclear. The Dems attending this dinner may represent constituents who are more conservative but they still belong to the party that is being driven leftward by Elizabeth Warren and erstwhile Democrat Bernie Sanders. It's also the party that has been preaching the virtues of big government for a very long time and that government needs a lot of tax dollars to pay for Democratic promises.

Dinner is a good start. Maybe something can get accomplished before Maverick McCain tries to "help."