Last Chance for the US Republican Party, by Brent Bozell.
At this point they will certainly lose the House and quite possibly the Senate too. …
The $1.3 trillion Omnibus Bill — their omnibus bill — was not just the most reckless spending bill in history, it was an abject surrender on every single political and policy pledge made to those who put them in office, save helping the military.
It’s been this way from the start. First, they asked for control of the House and its appropriations authority to right the fiscal ship, and as importantly, end Obamacare. In 2010, they got it — and immediately stated they could do nothing without the Senate. In 2014, they were awarded that too — and just as quickly declared they could do nothing without the White House. So, in 2016 they were handed that, and with it complete control of the legislative process, but now with no more excuses available.
And what have they done? They surrendered without a fight. Any real advance, be it Gorsuch, regulatory relief, minimal border security, minimal tax cuts, or minimal changes in Obamacare — it’s all being driven by the White House. Congress has done nothing.
Here’s the difference between the two parties. For the past eight years, the GOP has been the party that begins each conversation with, “This is why we can’t do it.” The Democrats begin theirs with, “This is how we’ll get it done.” …
It’s so obvious, really. At this point the GOP faithful are set to make a devastating declaration in seven months: “We gave you complete control, and you not only accomplished nothing, you broke your word on virtually everything. Good-bye.”
It’s the same in all the main Western countries. The big left party is truly the party of big government and “progressives”, and it is the first choice of the deep state/PC crowd/bureaucracy-media alliance — “team A” if you will.
But, being a democracy, the right party gets in power about half the time. So the right party has been trained to be team B, the second choice. The media only gives a non-PC politician air time if either they say something PC (sympathetic coverage) or they say something stupid or radically non-PC (outrage, made to look like fools). Additionally, when in government, the bureaucracy are in their ear all the time to be more progressive — and it gets unpleasant if they aren’t.
The right wing dog does as it’s trained by the media/bureaucracy/PC-mob.
So the solution the “conservative” politicians come up with is to talk conservative to get elected, then act like the team B of PC when in power — doing the same as team A, only slower. Notice that whenever and wherever the right has been in power for the last twenty years, they have not reversed PC or the growth of government — merely slowed it down a bit. The public are noticing. Looks like the right party in the US has completely run out of excuses.
Reagan and Thatcher are but distant memories now.
hat-tip Scott of the Pacific