Quick Takes: GOP vs AARP

* There are an awful lot of groups lining up against the GOP health care bill, but AARP is leading the charge on this one. That’s important because so many of their members are part of the Trump/Republican base. Here’s part of their letter to Congress:

We write today to express our opposition to the American Health Care Act. This bill would weaken Medicare’s fiscal sustainability, dramatically increase health care costs for Americans aged 50-64, and put at risk the health care of millions of children and adults with disabilities, and poor seniors who depend on the Medicaid program for long- term services and supports and other benefits.

You know the AARP is serious when they start putting out videos.

Spicer’s response was to blow the AARP off as a “special interest.” Dumb move!

* Rep. Joe Kennedy let loose with some fire at Speaker Ryan’s characterization of their health care bill as “an act of mercy.”

* Here’s a good example of what made Barack Obama such a great president.

Former President Barack Obama “rolled his eyes” at President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that he wiretapped Trump Tower at the end of the 2016 election, a source close to the former president tells NBC News.

The source, who spoke to NBC News on the condition of anonymity and is familiar with the president’s thinking, said Obama believes the claims “undermine the integrity of the office of the president,” but don’t undermine his own integrity, because “he didn’t do it.”

The source told NBC News the former president “is much more concerned by President Trump kicking people off their health insurance, not staffing the government, not being prepared for a crisis, rolling back regulations so that corporations can pollute the air and water and letting mentally unstable people buy guns with no problems whatsoever.”

* Jonathan Martin spent some time with Washington Monthly founder Charlie Peters to talk about his new book, “We Do Our Part.”

“Maybe I’m old,” he said in an interview in his living room here last week, “but I’m forever hopeful about the Democratic Party.”…

“I’m trying to grab people by the lapels and say, ‘We’ve got to change,’” he said. “And I feel that there is a realism to that hope because of the shock of this election.”…

Democrats, Washington and too much of the country, he argues, have drifted from the sense of shared purpose that lifted America out of the Depression, created the will to win World War II and fostered the rise of a more egalitarian, if still inequitable, society.

* Finally, Samantha Bee reminds us why we resist.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.