Just a few tiny months ago, Republicans were on top of the world. For the first time in decades, Republicans controlled all three branches of the government. Anything they wanted, was theirs for the taking. In a disgusting turn of events, which had a lot to do with Russia, although Hillary got more votes, the country was under GOP control. In January, if you asked any gun-toting Republican politician what bills they were going to pass, they’d say something about kicking out all of the Hispanics, building a wall and getting rid of you and your kid’s healthcare. Things were looking good until Republicans discovered how difficult it is cleaning up Trump’s mess. Now, it looks unlikely they will be able to get anything done.
Obamacare has to be the biggest let down for every conservative bible-thumper in the land. For eight years, they said how they would repeal it. But now, even with complete Republican control, the only thing they can do is to make Obamacare less effective.
Asked last month how the GOP would justify a failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, an issue that helped fuel its electoral successes, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell offered: “Well, we have a new Supreme Court justice.” TheGuardian article
Uhmmm…..you stole the Supreme Court Justice from us. That was our pick. Maybe Hannity is right, you should be drained from the swamp, Mitchum!
The bottom line is that Republicans have had complete control of Washington for eight months, without a single legislative victory to tout. Midterm elections are November 6, about eight weeks away. All 435 seats in the House and 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested. Besides these individual elections, it will be nearly impossible for Washington to focus n anything else.
Congress returns to Washington tomorrow after their five-week vacation. Considering all of the disasters that have occurred to the GOP and Trump during this time, it will certainly be an awkward reunion. For starters, Trump attacked several fellow Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as high-profile GOP senators like Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. These are all important leaders in the party. If the president expects to get anything done, he will need their cooperation.
Historically, presidents only have a small window to get anything done until the debt ceiling has to be finalized and then the mid-term elections. The timer starts on Inauguration Day.
Now that they are back from vacation, Republicans must finalize a budget blueprint for next year if they want to use special rules to avoid a Democratic filibuster of a major tax overhaul, the GOP’s biggest goal for the remainder of the year. They also hope to agree on a tax code with fewer loopholes and deductions as well as lower corporate and individual rates. Fat chance of that happening. Although they control everything, this is a peculiar bunch of Republicans. Although one party, they couldn’t be more different. Their differences will be what destroys them.
Look at the Republican Obamacare Repeal Bill. Half Republicans, like Senator Rand Paul, didn’t vote for it because he felt that it still looked too much like Obamacare. The other half didn’t like it cause it wasn’t kind enough to the insurance market. TheHill article
Now, Republicans have to start working on the debt ceiling. If you believe Trump and his wall, there is a bridge in China I’d like to sell you.
As usual, heavenly powers have thwarted the demonic will of the republican. Looks like they won’t get squat done. Democrats may even be more useless, but at least the Republican party is slowly killing themselves.