The shameless spectacle that took place on the Capitol steps as Republican lawmakers schmoozed President Trump while gloating about their passing of the awful tax bill was both disgusting and nauseating. 

Praising Trump as possibly the finest president in U.S. history fooled no one other than Trump, himself. He was aglow in the adoration. However, the Republicans were simply using Vladimir Putin’s proven strategy for handling, leading and motivating Trump. By stroking the president’s huge ego with outrageous claims, he will probably reward his congressional fawners with his cooperation. Cooperation regarding what? Unfortunately, it might be their insistence of the firing of Special Investigator Mueller. Happy New Year.

Steve Bass