President Donald Trump told a bipartisan group of Senators Tuesday night that he's confident a health care deal will get done despite last week's collapse of the House Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
"I know that we're all going to make a deal on health care, that's such an easy one," Trump said.
Other Republicans, and some Democrats in Washington have likewise talked about the possibility of a bipartisan deal on health care. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Wednesday suggested the president was poking a little fun at the hard work of legislating but the question remains — does the rarest of Capitol Hill creatures — the Trump-friendly Democrat — actually exist?
The data suggest such votes would likely be hard to find.
Any hope of building a working centrist coalition made of like-minded Republicans and Democrats would depend upon locating some Democrats willing to work with the president, and there look to be some major hurdles in that regard.
Let's start with the most basic issue. Donald Trump is not a popular president right now. His approval rating is not at 50 percent in any poll and most surveys have him mired between the high 30s and low 40s. Those are not good numbers to build any coalition, never mind one that that would go against the hyper-partisan atmosphere the currently prevails in Washington.
And remember, Trump himself added to that atmosphere by not reaching out to Democrats on his plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and then blaming Democrats when the House GOP leadership had to pull the bill from consideration on Friday when it became clear it would not pass.
But leaving all that aside, what is the potential for spotting a sizable pack of Trump Democrats on Hill sometime in the near future?