Trump's need for Yes Men ... and even greater need for No Men (and Women).
Tomorrow night's pivotal healthcare repeal vote in the House — on Day 63 of the Trump presidency — will be super-tight. One on-the-scene vote counter tells me that 4 more hard nays would kill it.
Leadership aides and top lobbyists tell us it'll ultimately pass for a single reason: Given the country's political geography (and House Republicans' well-founded fear of primaries), in the end, the bubble members are going to have trouble saying "no" to Trump personally.
But on "Morning Joe," Joe Scarborough says he talks to members who are no longer afraid of Trump — they're frustrated by him.
In the West Wing, the single biggest mistake Trump has made is not elevating someone who can and will say "no" to him, and make it stick.
One discouraged confidant, worried that the Russia investigation will be a long-term problem, emails: "DJT has been sort of brilliant at times about navigating things. But ... he was never held accountable by anyone."
"Here's the lesson: ... When you operate by the seat of your pants for too long, you will eventually get tripped up."
Tom Friedman's N.Y. Times column today is a memo to Trump's War Cabinet ("the five adults with the most integrity in the Trump administration"), urging them to act as Trump's parents.
The Daddy for today is burly economic adviser Gary Cohn, according to the juiciest (and last) paragraph of an account by the N.Y. Times' Thrush and Haberman of White House aides' "nearly paralytic inability to tell Mr. Trump that he has erred or gone too far on Twitter."
"In a recent meeting in the Oval Office, Mr. Cohn was speaking when Mr. Trump interrupted him. 'Let me finish,' Mr. Cohn interjected ... Trump, unaccustomed to ceding the floor, let him make his point."
No one else does that. Frank Bruni writes in his N.Y. Times column today, "Tweeting Toward Oblivion," that Trump's demons are winning: "He can tweet, or he can govern. ... Trump is no victim. He's the luckiest man alive — or has been, until now." This is the week that it either runs out — or the series gets extended.