Skip to comments.There are 14 years worth of reasons why the GOP grassroots scoff at Washington Republicans
Posted on 02/26/2014 12:50:09 PM PST by SoConPubbie
Remember last fall when Sen. Ted Cruz single-handedly forced the biggest, most powerful government in human history to grind to a halt?
That's the conventional wisdom of Washington Republicans, who also claim the GOP suffered a public relations catastrophe because Cruz demanded that their votes match their promises.
No matter that President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were at least equally intransigent about having their way. The government shutdown was solely and only the fault of the insurgent Texas Republican senator, according to the conventional wisdom.
Wait till the debt ceiling
Now, remember how those same Washington Republicans also said Cruz picked the wrong fight because the real battle would be in February over raising the debt ceiling? Then the GOP would have real leverage and be able to accomplish some genuine conservative reforms, they said.
But then, when February rolled around, suddenly those same Washington Republicans decided the debt ceiling was not the real battle after all, so they gave Obama an open-ended debt-ceiling hike.
Now the Washington Republicans argue that the GOP must do nothing to distract the public's attention from the Obamacare debacle. Don't rock the boat and the Senate GOP will regain the majority come November.
Then in 2015, so goes the Washington Republican line, the new Republican Congress will have some real leverage over Obama and will be able to begin accomplishing those genuine conservative reforms that were previously beyond reach.
Same song, over and over?
With that preface in mind, those who seek to understand why grassroots Republicans don't believe much of anything said these days by Washington Republicans should read today's RedState post by Daniel Horowitz.
Horowitz notes that, even if the Senate goes GOP in 2014, Obama will still be in the White House in 2015. He'll still have his veto, his executive order "pen and phone." Then what?
"Republicans who lack the will or principles to fight on major issues will still use Obamas obstructionism as the baseline for excuses not to advocate bold initiatives. Whether its a debt ceiling or a budget bill, they will fear brinkmanship with Obama as much as they do now," Horowitz predicts.
Think what one will of the Horowitz analysis, but given recent history, isn't the burden of proof on the Washington Republicans who, whether in power or out, haven't achieved a major conservative reform in 14 years?
” - - - “Republicans who lack the will or principles to fight on major issues will still use Obamas obstructionism as the baseline for excuses not to advocate bold initiatives. Whether its a debt ceiling or a budget bill, they will fear brinkmanship with Obama as much as they do now,” Horowitz predicts. - - - “
A Do Nothing RINO is thus basically a Coward, afraid to do his or her job.
If you don’t like your House or Senate Do Nothing RINO, then insist that they resign, PERIOD.
My ancestors formed the Republican party in Michigan, it was during an attempt to stop Buchanan (very liberal) for the 15th Presidency, we lost. After they met with Lincoln for their eventual comeback for the 16th President and election Honest Abe.
The republican party has walked away from my family and history -
It is an election year and I am still waiting for the Stupid Party to start trying to sound conservative
“Horowitz notes that, even if the Senate goes GOP in 2014, Obama will still be in the White House in 2015. He’ll still have his veto, his executive order “pen and phone.” Then what?”
His pen and phone won’t seat a single liberal judge.
Let him veto everything and shut down the government, it would be 100% on him in that case.
It wouldn’t take long for the public to support impeaching the commie bastard!
No. But I remember when Harry Reid did it.
I am still waiting for an explanation on the budget. They told us years ago if elected they would introduce bills that followed sane budget principals, not over spend and adjust budgets to revenue so for a couple years they have had that opportunity.
If they did any of what they told us, why then do we need an increase in the debt limit?
McCain's the master at that little scam. He's full of sound and fury for 8 months every 6 years. He's taught the technique to his little mini-me Lyndsey.
The establishment GOP are totally incapable of understanding how people think.
By avoiding standing for something, they have lost all respect from the people who would vote for them.
They just cannot see that their lack of courage and principle is why they take abuse from the grassroots.
People want fighters who will stand against the communists and all we get are weak sisters, too afraid to act like real men.
Maybe this year they wont even try?
Ha. I read the headline earlier as ‘Washington Redskins’ and skipped the article. I couldn’t make any sense of the title. I just came back to FR and read it again...correctly this time.
Or better yet, primary as many of them as we can out of office.
I couldn't figure it out until I looked at the name of the image. That is witty.
Whatever works, my FRiend, whatever works.
These people (Republican congressional “leaders”) are contemptible.
The do nothing RINOs are doing their job. They are running interference for their openly leftist comrades.
In reality he has and it has BEEN destroyed for a while. We have to forget saving it. Because that boat sailed and sunk. We have to adopt the mindset of restoring it. It’s not just semantics. It’s two very different mindsets. One puts us on defense, the other on offense.
And restoring it without libs near power.
Not one dimes worth of difference. Throw the bums out.
If the gopE takes over the senate next year, a democrat will win the white house in 2016. It will onl take the republicans 2 years to get most of the people regret voting for them.
I refuse to vote for democrats cause my dad was a bad example for me and after being republican for twenty years or better, I now refuse to vote for RINOS. I vote for the ones who will stand for the constitution, not for power, wealth and prestigous clout like the idiots we now have in Washington.
You can bet if Democrats controlled only the House and the GOP everything else, they would be as militant as ever fighting for what they want.
With the current GOPe, it’s never the right time to fight for anything. They are politically tone deaf, lack a strategy or message, have contempt for their constituents, and are bought and paid for by the Chamber of Amnesty.
The middle-class is getting hammered from all sides.
That's because Reagan never understood that the GOP and America have never been about the American People -- they're all about The Six Families or whoever the hell runs the GOP. Boehner and McConnell have exclusive contracts from those people to do certain things and not do certain other things.
Like screw up the opportunity that Obamacare was created to afford Fortune 500 companies to dump all their employee healthcare plans and throw their people to the wolves.
That's the big one right now. As long as guys like Cruz keep holding up Obamacare, the GOP will never go for the cheese in a national election. They will resolutely play second fiddle to the 'Rats, to avoid blame for what the corporations are doing to dump medical care.