Perspective is everything. Even as Republicans have failed to repeal Obamacare, most Progressives see Republicans as effective in stymieing any Liberal policy success. This former Heritage Foundation website does not think so. And they unloaded on Republicans for what they perceive as a Conservative failure and a premature acceptance of defeat in a Blue Wave in 2018.
Conservative Townhall.com Laura Hollis did not mince her words as she excoriated Republicans for their failure to produce on just about every one of their issues. I had to do a double take when the article appeared in my newsfeed.
Hollis' GOP scolding in the Townhall.com article titled "Republicans Still Don't Get It" started in the first paragraph.
Well before Donald Trump threw his hat into the ring for the 2016 election, many of us had been warning Republicans that the conservative electorate was fed up with their weakness on key issues, constant capitulation to the left, and timidity in the face of the relentless onslaught by a deeply deceptive and hopelessly partisan media.
She credited the cause of Republicans' 2010 Democratic shellacking of Democrats to her belief that they "rammed the Affordable Care Act through Congress in 2009." She then attributed the rise of Trump to GOP failure to produce.
Voters were to be disappointed yet again by Republican weakness. After a battle over the funding of abortion giant Planned Parenthood -- on which the GOP predictably caved -- John Boehner resigned and passed the gavel to Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan. By now, it should have been abundantly clear to the GOP that "business as usual" was not going to cut it with conservative voters.
It wasn't. Consummate outsider Donald Trump knocked his Republican opponents over like bowling pins during the 2016 primaries, and then stunned the left and Republicans alike when he won the presidency. Republicans still don't get it. Voters flocked to Donald Trump because he flipped the media the bird, stood up to bullies on the left and promised to advance the causes that average Americans cared about.
Hollis flogged Republicans for distancing themselves from Trump and for falling into a defeatist 2018 election narrative.
I used to think that Republicans just didn't have the gumption to fight back against the press. Now I think that they actually want to lose.
Hollis pretty much calls the Republicans in government a do-nothing Congress who betrays their constituents.
It could be that Republicans are eager to hand Congress to Democrats who can then do the dirty work of impeaching Trump. In fact, that would be consistent with the Congressional GOP's attitude overall; they seem uncomfortable in positions where they might actually have to do something.
After all, they've had control of the House and Senate since 2014. They have had a (nominally) Republican president for over a year. What have they done? Sealed the border? Nope. Defunded Planned Parenthood? Nope. Repealed Obamacare? Nope. They did manage to get a tax cut passed -- and even that looked tenuous for a while.
The latest debacle is the omnibus spending bill that Congress passed last week and President Trump signed on Friday. The $1.3 trillion dollar spending bill funds the government and seriously beefs up the military. But it also prohibits the defunding of sanctuary cities and construction of a border wall, not to mention giving abortion powerhouse Planned Parenthood another cool $500 million of taxpayer dollars. Way to betray your constituents, guys.
She ends with a few statements that likely burns every Republican to the core.
What an embarrassment. When Democrats control Congress, Democratic policies win the day. When Republicans control Congress, Democratic policies win the day. ... Liberals and progressives may be secretly grateful for the GOP's capitulation, but they'll publicly denounce Republicans as much as ever. And now the GOP's own voters will despise them, too. ... If Republicans lose either house of Congress in November, it will be not only because Democratic voters are motivated enough to vote, but because Republican voters are disgusted enough not to.
I do not necessarily agree with Laura. But Progressives always welcome when discord hits a sect intent on decimating the poor and the middle-class. I am still of the belief that the Blue Wave is far from secure and that "This is how we go from a ripple to a blue wave to a tsunami in 2018."