This is bizarro-Washington, one where Trump's opponents have become his giddy teammates and where his team's cheerleaders, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, have watched their date dance with someone from the opposing team. The deal Trump cut Wednesday to forego an 18-month extension of the nation's debt ceiling – think extending your credit card limit – that Republican leaders favored over a three-month extension embraced by congressional Democrats sent shockwaves through GOP circles; the Democrats seemed to get everything they desired merely by asking for it. GOP leaders are trying to woo the president back to the fold with gentle reminders that he won their party's presidential primary, and that to deliver on those foundational promises he needs to move to the right – not to the left, as he did repeatedly this week.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.