That is the question, when it comes to President Donald Trump's comments about what comes next on health care. Given the opportunity to repeal and replace it with a plan of their own, the Republicans allowed the ACA to stand as the law of the land.
Likewise, President Trump should never have claimed that Barack Obama wiretapped him; it was irresponsible and divisive.
"If somebody can get to the right of me in the primary, God bless him", Arizona Rep. Trent Franks told Roll Call.
The challenges facing the new administration are testing enough. One potential impediment to Trump's tough talk: In 29 of those 32 districts, the Freedom Caucus member out-performed Trump on Election Day.
Still, Washington has a habit of writing off presidencies early on if administrations fail to get a fast start.
Trump paid about $38 million in taxes on $153 million in income for an effective tax rate of 24 percent.
"I think it is, at this point, unproductive", Wilson, the GOP pollster, said of Trump backing primary challengers against Freedom Caucus members. They've got the Oval Office, they've got the Senate and the House.
With his poll numbers falling and his plans to move onto tax reform and a robust infrastructure program imperiled, Trump took to Twitter to attack the conservative group that many in the White House hold responsible for sabotaging last week's health care vote. And Trump is talking about bypassing House conservatives and working with Democrats.
The crash of the House Republican health care bill may well have transformed an issue the party has long used to bash Democrats into the GOP's own political nightmare.
I've kept that promise by voting to repeal President Obama's signature health care law or significant portions of it 52 times in the past six years, and almost all of my House Republican colleagues joined me in doing that. Since the shift to a single payer healthcare system under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government has been in charge of Americans' health care.
The key to putting off a government shutdown, and to making progress on other key agenda items relies on Ryan convincing his troops to evolve.
"Forget it. I don't even want a party now".
"If this Republican Congress allows the ideal to become the enemy of the good, I worry we'll push the president to working with Democrats", Ryan said.
At least in the short term, Republicans have decided they need to work with Democrats to keep the government open.
President Trump's Twitter habits are rubbing off on his staff. Health care is famously complex, but it will become obvious if the president is working to undermine the only health care coverage available to tens of millions of Americans.
"It is very understandable that the president is frustrated that we haven't gotten to where we need to go because this is something we all said we would do", Ryan told CNN Thursday when asked about Trump's tweet.
Former House Speaker John Boehner may still be laughing.
Yet even this victory will exert a price.
Trump's refusal has gotten under Democrats' skin. Not even Fox News could paint a happy face on this disaster, its pundits having a hard time disguising their disbelief and disappointment, and searching desperately for someone to blame besides Trump. Already, there was little incentive to support a struggling GOP President, given his zeal in repealing the Democratic legacy item, Obamacare.
Trump so far has shown no willingness to fix rather than replace the law, even as he endorsed the Republican legislation that contradicted his campaign promises to ensure no one lost health coverage and to leave Medicaid alone.
This humiliation of Obamacare reform may prove a watershed for the Trump presidency.
We got a glimpse of one year Trump paid taxes - 2005. Republican House leaders counter that forcing Trump to release his returns would jeopardize his individual civil liberties and right to privacy. It wasn't OIK when Democrats did it, and it shouldn't be OK for Republicans either. Republicans rightly condemned Nancy Pelosi when she infamously declared that "we have to pass Obamacare to find out what's in the bill".
"Most people don't take well to being bullied", said Representative Justin Amash, who compared Trump's approach to what a child does when he wants to "get his way". "There just was not as much clarity for us on which House members were supportive of the health care bill and which were not".
Ryan was more conciliatory toward the president than Labrador.