Skip to comments.Democrats Call Cantor Defeat a Sign of Dysfunction. I Call it Democracy at Its Best.
Posted on 06/11/2014 12:58:26 PM PDT by MissesBush
Steny Hoyer, the number two Democrat in the House, said Eric Cantor's Republican primary defeat shows the Republican party to "deeply divided and dysfunctional." First off, probably 98% of Republican incumbents have won their primaries this year, many with challengers, so not sure how one, possibly two, GOP incumbents losing their primaries indicates "deep division." Frankly it's been surprising how conservative/Tea Party and more moderate Republicans have been coalescing around the same candidates for the most part which has come as a surprise to most political analysts.
But let's leave that part of Hoyer's statement be and focus on Hoyer calling the GOP "dysfunctional" because of Cantor's loss. That perfectly illustrates the Democratic mindset doesn't it? That honest, reasonable political opposition and holding leaders accountable is "dysfunctional." While I'm not entirely comfortable with Cantor being turned out, I can understand why his constituents chose to do so. It was their decision to make as the people who knew him best. I see nothing "dysfunctional" in it. In fact, I see it as a sign that the GOP is healthy, vibrant and able to fix itself. Accountability is the essence of a functional democratic tradition. No Mr. Hoyer, what's "dysfunctional" is a political party that ignores its own party's president usurping Congressional authority as he enacts more major executive orders than any other president in history, orders well outside of executive branch prerogatives.
What's dysfunctional is a political party that is utterly silent in the face of its party's president lying and covering up to the nation on various scandals such as Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS abuses, ignoring the law on the Gitmo releases, etc. any one of which you'd impeach a Republican president for.
What's dysfunctional is a party which is perfectly content to watch its president abuse his power all because its more important for your party to hold and hopefully (to you) keep the White House than that power be held and used honorably, with integrity and as the constitution allows.
What's dysfunctional is a party continuing to defend the most unpopular piece of domestic legislation in a generation, Obamacare, and probably the most damaging to the economy and to American healthcare, and to continue to march in lock step in spinning and misrepresenting the effectiveness of the law while the data continues to pile in showing it to be an utter train wreck.
What's dysfunctional is continuing to provide full back up to the president's lying about this law and continuing to allow him to arbitrarily implement and interpret it on the fly as he pleases and as dictated by political necessity despite the CLEAR INTENT OF THE LAW, changing implementation dates, employer penalty provisions, etc. and not uttering a peep as he acts as both president and legislature in doing so.
Dysfunction is looking away from such presidential abuses and marching in lock step rather than exercising COURAGE to call him on his outrageous behavior, much of it driven by political expediency as he sees it and the need to bring up his poll numbers.
Dysfunction is not holding errant leaders accountable as the people of Virginia's 7th district did yesterday. It's refusing to hold them accountable because you're all so enamored of your power that you can't possibly criticize your own president because to do so might help the other side take away the precious power that's become the thing you're most loyal to, and obsessed with, rather than loyalty to your constituents, your oath of office and most of all to your nation.
Steny Hoyer also said Nancy Pelosi was one of the smartest women he’s ever met.
Good point. Between Steny and Pelosi, the combined IQ doesn’t even reach into the 50s.
HOORAY Virginians! HOORAY Dave Brat!
You mean, Hooray Virginians of the 7th District. We Virginians as a whole elected McAuliffe as governor last year.
Pete Sessions being a total **** in Cavuto. Declaring we can’t leave the primaries down to ‘guesses’ anymore. How about you leave them up to the voters, you hack!
God help us if this asshat becomes majority leader. Another incumbent-royalty type.
Hooray Virginians of the 7th District.
GRRRRREAT point, kevao. Thanks. That scumbag McAuliffe WAS VERY DISTURBING.
I tend to not take the advice of my enemy.
Now sh_t show of the GOPe. See, it works like this: we can’t let these upstart candidates unseat the establishment GOP. If we do, then the upstarts will cost us elections. And just to prove it, we will sabotage these upstarts to ensure that they lose. See, we told you that they would lose. Ain’t it cute?
Why it’s hope and change, GOP style.
Steny Hoyer would not know what Democracy is if it hit him upside the head.
Dysfunctional is the damage done around the world to the whole concept of freedom and govt restraint.
Pete needs to be next.
Avarice and ambition vacuums the virtue out of people when they enter this government.
Until it becomes the interest of these people to do the right things, our demise is guaranteed.