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Where The Senate Health Care Defeat Leaves Trump, GOP

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky faces a tough choice — irritate the GOP base and work with Democrats or risk passing not much meaningful legislation. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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The defeat of the GOP Senate health care bill is major blow to all Republicans involved.

President Trump, whose approval rating stands lower than any recent president this early in his term, is now staring at an agenda imperiled. Despite his boasts, he has achieved little of significance through Congress. That failure is compounded by the fact that his party controls both chambers.

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, hailed for all of his senatorial maneuverability, does not appear so enviable Tuesday morning. He showed he could gum up the system and manipulate the rules to deny a president of a different party, but he has not showed the ability to control his caucus in order to govern — the way past great Senate leaders have.

The goal, after all, of any truly great legislator has always been to see a problem and come up with constructive solutions to them for the country. Instead, the GOP

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