Trump will blame anyone handy (or absent) when something goes wrong. Kushner has doubtless learned to shrug it off. Just the fact that the Kushners went to Aspen was advice in a way: the AHCA bill is DOA so let it die. That Trump now lays the AHCA bill's demise at the Dems' feet is rich since the Ds were doubtless tipping back champagne after the bill was pulled and it's not like the GOP invited cross-aisle assistance anyway. Even yesterday in his press remarks at the end, Ryan was focused not on how to get actual repairs of the ACA across the line in future, of course, just how to get his own majority party on the same page and so able to "govern" -- and was explicitly defining governance as something only the majority party does. The AHCA bill, bad as it was to begin with, ended up far worse in the end thanks to GOP factions putting what amounted to poison pill fixes into the thing. Poison pills for each other, same party! Well the masks were really off during those negotiations so we know they're not one party. Anyway Democrats' primary role was to sit transfixed watching it happen. Popcorn husks on the floors at day end all over Capitol Hill. It is pretty amazing that the House Freedom Caucus was so intent on really killing ACA that they sacrificed their own party's Medicaid-gutting easy-pay method for most of those tax cuts the GOP wanted to put up next in the guise of tax "reform". This is what happens when you fixate on saying NO for seven years while not bothering to help govern. Ryan got that much right in his remarks yesterday, without actually uttering the words House Freedom Caucus (since he can't afford to single them out in public if he wants to salvage anything from this term). Under the circumstances I thought Ryan's remarks were fairly circumspect. He deserves to keep his leadership post just for that performance. As far as actual performance of the Republican leadership including Trump when it came to selling in that bill, wow. The 17% public approval of the bill as amended said it all. That's somewhere below what Ross Perot pulled in when he ran for prez as a third party candidate... it's down in Gong Show winner's territory.