Skip to comments.Republicans Are Blowing It
Posted on 10/19/2017 5:24:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
After eight years in the wilderness, Republicans have a president who will sign nearly anything they put in front of him. Youd think theyd revel in the opportunity to pass legislation theyd been dreaming of codifying in law, but youd be wrong.
Rather than attempt to implement the ideas on which theyd campaigned and won on, theyre staring blankly like a poker player who over-bet with a pair of twos and had his bluff called.
But its not just elected Republicans; its the entire conservative movement that's dropped the ball.
After eight years in exile, where are the innovations, where is the draft legislation, and where are the studies?
It wasnt that long ago the conservative think tanks were idea factories. Not small ideas, not tweaks, but big ideas like the successful welfare reforms of the late 90s. Books that represented years of work were published to offer up roadmaps for a Republican president to implement conservative ideas.
Now most of those think tanks are just tinkering on the edges, engaging in reporting, or just generally changing their focus from influencing policy to influencing donors.
It has worked theyve raised a ton of money. But to what end? Where are the ideas in the fight to advance liberty?
Its not all the fault of think tanks. These members of Congress ran on issues. They promised to push for certain things. Yet theyre not fighting for them.
House GOP leaders like to point out how many bills theyve passed that have died in the Senate, and its true. The House has passed a lot legislation that is in limbo because of the filibuster in the Senate. But none of them are transformative, none are major overhauls or reforms. None dramatically shrink the size and scope of the federal government. Theyd be small victories, at best.
The Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 brought with it a wave of ideas ready to be voted on that mattered, and most passed. Current congressional Republicans have nothing of the sort theyre the worst pitcher in the bullpen who never expected the game to go 18 innings and didnt pack his cleats.
And thats the problem Republicans never expected to be in a position to implement anything, to have their votes count. Its easy to vote for Obamacare repeal when youre certain itll never become law. Its a different world altogether when theres an occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. whod sign that bill.
Republicans all ran on big ideas, on conservative principles, because they were convinced theyd never be anything but abstract concepts with which to attack President Hillary Clinton. They didnt have to believe in them because they were never going anywhere but the veto pen. They just had to talk a good game to get elected.
Unfortunately for them, voters took them so seriously they empowered them to implement their ideas which exposed that they really have none.
This should be a golden age for Republicans President Trump not only will sign what they put in front of him, hell praise it and sell it as the best thing ever. But they cant because too many of them believe in the ideas they campaigned on only as campaign issues that would get them elected; no more and no less.
So when Steve Bannon says hes declared war on weak Republican senators, Im sympathetic to a certain degree. Replacing a few squishy GOPers with solid conservatives would be great, but it wont change the overall problems preventing action on important policy areas.
Theres no guarantee a fight right now would do anything but give the Senate to Democrats. With the prospect of one or two Supreme Court nominations over the next three years, the possibility of Chuck Schumer having a say in who fills them is too high a price to pay for moral victories.
There are a lot of Democrats up in 2018 who represent states Trump won, and many can be flipped if that is the uniform focus of everyone looking to make a difference. Republicans could even reach the magical 60 seats they need to break any filibuster, if they play it smart and dont waste resources firing down their own trench.
This, done successfully, would have a major impact not only on the configuration of the Senate for 2019-2020, it would put every senator up in 2020 on notice that the people whod elected Trump (and them, originally) meant it they want done what they said theyd do.
There are 23 Democrats among the 33 seats up for election in 2018, and there are 22 Republicans up in 2020. Each member of the class of 2020 would see what happened in 2018 if the energy of 2016 were properly harnessed into next years election and Republicans added seats and be scared into governing as the conservatives they ran as.
It shouldnt have to come to that the people shouldnt have to force politicians to follow through on campaign promises. But thats where we are now. A dislike of reality doesnt make it any less a reality.
Nothing causes politicians to keep their word like the prospect of voters holding them accountable. And voters know if Hillary Clinton were president she would have had to have vetoed at least two straight-up Obamacare repeal bills by now.
Imagine the pressure on Maines Susan Collins to vote for repeal then, when the people she promised she would repeal Obamacare are waiting there to have their say. Same for Alaskas Lisa Murkowski, whos up two years later.
More importantly, their votes wouldnt be needed, so thered be no need for giveaways to obtain them. They could be left out to dry, forced to fend for themselves in their re-election bids. Thatd go a long way toward inspiring them to keep their word.
Republicans have all the advantages any party could ever want right now and they have done nothing with it. Some have refused to act out of a dislike of President Trump. Others never meant the things they said during their campaigns and never expected to have their bluff called.
But voters did call their bluffs. Applying pressure by making their votes irrelevant is a much more effective strategy than risking losing the Senate when the real possibility of swinging the Supreme Court toward an originalist majority exists.
For all his faults, Mitch McConnell kept open the seat Justice Neil Gorsuch ultimately filled for a year. There is no doubt whatsoever Chuck Schumer would do it for two. Republicans are blowing a great opportunity for legislative victories right now; only by playing it smart can that tide be changed, both in the short-term and in the long-term with a conservative Supreme Court. Otherwise President Bernie Sanders and Vice President Elizabeth Warren will be filling the long-vacant seats on the high court in 2021.
If that, or anything close to that, happens
Not intentionally I am sure.
The EXEMPT Republicans will go down in History
as the greatest liars, schemers, ever. EVER.
They will be mocked, hated, scorned, and eventually
taken down, by their voters to whom they lied
ONLY to get power (before they transformed
back to the Democrats and terrorists they truly are).
Original publication date: 3/12/1989.
If our “Republican” congress will pass half of what they campaigned on, this next election will destroy the democrats’ chances of having a majority for a generation.
Thanks captain obvious
Assh9le Republicans are pis8ed because Trump never paid his dues or worked his way up from dogcatcher to senator to President.
The Republican House has most bills passed. It is the Senate who hasn't and the reason is because Majority Leader McConnell refuses to change the simple majority from 52 to 60. It's no wonder Chuck O Schumer walks over him and does what he wants.
Republicans are corrupt. The people don’t fully realize it yet.
They think it is great now it's just the rubes in fly-over country just don't get globalism. Too stupid I guess. Just ask John McTumor he'll explain how great globalism is for America.
The globalist Cheap Labor Express Free Traitor world is what they want and the aim to keep it.
“Assh9le Republicans are pis8ed because Trump never paid his dues or worked his way up from dogcatcher to senator to President.
Yes, and if they throw away this opportunity we bave worked so hard for these last 4 elections they WILL be sorry.
You can not put the House Republicans in the same basket as the Republican Senators. The Republican House members are doing their jobs and deserve to be reelected.
Republicans? There’s the flaw in that logic. These are not Republicans, rather democrats masquerading as republicans. These pretenders need to be primaried YESTERDAY!
I call them Epublicans.
Nothing more than a colony of toilet scum.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (O-Ky) Obstructionist Party.
I imagine that suddenly having to get OUT of the nice, comfortable and lucrative ‘swamp’ and actually get to work is pretty traumatic after years and decades of merely proclaiming all the stuff you’d like to do.
Let’s give specific examples. Tom Price was the healthcare guru. Tom Price, and everyone else knew he would be appointed HHS Secretary and he was.
So when he took office, why was he so unprepared? Why was he like a lazy, lackadaisical do-nothing? Could not the failure of healthcare bills be directly connected to the former Congressional leader on healthcare being a lazy no-show?
The image of Trump and The Apprentice is that Trump can pick the right person for the right role. Who would make the best next HHS Secretary? Who has the character to actually take the job seriously?
We could look at the other appointments. I give Nikki Haley, Scott Pruitt and Ben Carson passing grades. The rest seem like they need remedial classes.
Hunter has it wrong. We have to try mightily to replace the incumbents, even at the risk of handing the Congress back to the Democrats. Trump is the Republic’s last chance to put off the total Democrat State for a decade or a generation. The Republicans(D) must be replaced. If that gets us a Democrat Congress well, DJT can probably get more of what is necessary through a Democrat Congress than he can get with the Republicans(D). Without a turnover of the Republican incumbents in Congress in 2018 Trump’s changes and gains will have to be all unilateral with EOs or just doing it and ignoring the Congress, the Courts, and yes, the Constitution’s procedures. If we cannot change out the Republicans(D) or if they don’t experience a Road to Damascus moment soon, Trump must become a Pinochet or it will all end at the end of his second term, within months of that event.
I thought this article was going to be about Lindsey Graham.
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