July 19, 2017 Last Updated 8:35 am

Conservative media targets moderate Republicans for latest health care bill failure; Campaign’s last weekly edition

Morning Brief: Haymarket’s UK marketing magazine, which dropped its A3 newspaper-size format in 2013, will go monthly in September after taking a break in August to redesign

Six months ago this Friday the new president was sworn in promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, ban Muslims from entering the US, and to build a wall between Mexico and the United States. All these things may still happen, but as of today the president and his allies have made little progress.

But who is to blame. Right wing media appears to know: it is the moderates in the Republican Party.

Both Breitbart and RedState today went after the small group of representatives who objected to the Senate’s ACA alternative on the grounds that it would hurt those in need.

Both The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times ran editorials lamenting the end of the Senate’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and both looked for those to blame. And both urged Republicans to give it yet another try, still hoping that the votes will eventually be there the next time around.

And none pointed their fingers at the president, who continues to get unquestioning support from the media on the right.

Lisa Murkowski

RedState, Patterico:

This Means WAR: The ObamaCare Betrayal By Senators Capito And Murkowski Can Never Be Forgotten Or Forgiven

Capito and Murkowski are the most worthless type of hypocrites imaginable. They have postured as being against Obamacare, but they never really were. They voted in favor of the (partial) repeal in 2015 — and yet they claim they cannot vote for the same bill today, in 2017.

What is the difference between 2015 and 2017? Yesterday afternoon I sent emails to the press offices of Senators Capito and Murkowski, asking them why they would choose not to vote for the exact same bill they voted for in 2015. I received no response from Senator Capito, and a canned statement from Senator Murkowski that does not remotely begin to address the questions I had asked.

So what is the difference between 2015 and 2017? I’ll tell you what the difference is. The difference is that today, in 2017, we have a president who would sign that repeal bill into law. In 2015, we did not.

The Washington Times, Editorial:

Republicans flee the health care fight

If the Republicans in the U.S. Senate were a baseball team, they would be the 1962 New York Mets. The Mets won only 40 games that summer, losing 120, the most inept performance since 1899 when a team called the Cleveland Spiders also won only 40 games. As the Mets stumbled to the end of the disastrous season, their manager, Casey Stengel, cried out in desperate frustration: “Can’t anybody here play this game?”

…Mr. Trump thinks that when Obamacare collapses into smoking ruins the Democrats will “own it,” and be blamed for the scheme they enacted without a single Republican vote. But if he really thinks that he should put on his shock absorbers for another jolt. Backed by a compliant combine of the big newspapers and the major television networks, the Democrats will charge ahead with the narrative that “Obamacare needed a few tweaks to make it work, but the president and the Republicans wouldn’t do it because they’re heartless and like watching the suffering of the poor, the helpless, the homeless and the wretched refuse on the shore, yearning to breathe free.” And so forth and so on. The Republicans will get the blame, and wonder how it happened.

It has been interesting to see how the DC political websites have evolved over the past year.

I have always seen Politico as a right leaning news site which employs a number of voices across the spectrum, while The Hill was rare tame in comparison. But things have definitely changed with the new administration, with The Hill moving hard right as signified by a couple hires this year, Nicholas Hahn and John Solomon.

But both sites do not run editorials the way the WSJ or WashTimes does, so both sites still come off as fairly balanced, depending on their columnists to present any opinion or analysis.

Politico, James Kirchick:

How the GOP Became the Party of Putin

What I never expected was that the Republican Party—which once stood for a muscular, moralistic approach to the world, and which helped bring down the Soviet Union—would become a willing accomplice of what the previous Republican presidential nominee rightly called our No. 1 geopolitical foe: Vladimir Putin’s Russia. My message for today’s GOP is to paraphrase Barack Obama when he mocked Romney for saying precisely that: 2012 called—it wants its foreign policy back…

…It would be a mistake to attribute this shift solely to Trump and his odd solicitousness toward Moscow. Russia has been targeting the American right since at least 2013, the year Putin enacted a law targeting pro-gay rights organizing and delivered a state-of-the-nation address extolling Russia’s “traditional values” and assailing the West’s “genderless and infertile” liberalism. That same year, a Kremlin-connected think tank released a report entitled, “Putin: World Conservativism’s New Leader.” In 2015, Russia hosted a delegation from the National Rifle Association, one of America’s most influential conservative lobby groups, which included David Keene, then-president of the NRA and now editor of the Washington Times editorial page, which regularly features voices calling for a friendlier relationship with Moscow.

The Hill, Jordan Fabian and Jonathan Easley:

Conservatives target Congress, not Trump, after healthcare collapse

Conservatives are lashing out at the Republican-controlled Congress over the lack of progress on President Trump’s agenda.

One by one, conservative groups lined up to blame Congress — not the president — for the collapse of Senate Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Campaign magazine, the trade journal which covers the ad industry, has printed its last weekly edition in the UK, as it moves to a monthly schedule.

Last year Haymarket Business Media announced that it would be closing Marketing Magazine, Brand Republic and Media Week, folding much of the coverage into Campaign.

In June, Haymarket announced the move to a monthly schedule, with just two issues published in July. There will be a break in August, with the new monthly magazine debuting with the September issue.

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