It’s time for Republicans to get on board.

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Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 6/23/17


Republican victories in congressional special elections this week, especially Karen Handel’s comfortable win over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s sixth district, should be a bracing jolt of energy for congressional Republicans.

Should be. That doesn’t mean they will be.

For reasons that are becoming harder to understand with each passing week, the GOP majorities in both houses of Congress can’t bring themselves to act like the majority. And worse, many of them cannot bring themselves to offer full-throated support for President Trump.

They’d better get over that soon or their majorities will evaporate next year.

Things as they have always been are no more. The conventional wisdom as it pertains to Washington politics no longer applies. Don’t believe it? Look at who now lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It’s time to remind congressional Republicans that Jeb Bush – the early favorite and most anti-Trump of the 16 original Republican candidates for president – garnered the entirety of three delegates at a cost of $150 million. That’s $50 million per delegate. Jeb’s campaign – more vocal in its opposition to Donald Trump than the Hillary Clinton campaign – was, on a per capita basis, the most expensive flop in American political history.

Donald Trump crushed Jeb Bush along with every other Republican in the field. Having done that, he crushed Hillary Clinton in more than 85 percent of the voting precincts in the country.

The voters could not possibly have made themselves more clear. They are fed up. They are tired of the same Washington establishment rituals. They are tired of the out-of-power party “investigating” the in-power party. The voters are plenty ticked off about the fact that as their own incomes have stagnated for more than a decade, members of the Northeast ruling class (including the elite media) keep getting rich.

And voters are really fed up with sending Republicans to Congress only to watch those Republicans fail to accomplish anything. Thus exasperated, they sent Donald Trump to Washington to flip the game board over.

The voters are grumpy and they want results.

So memo to you too-clever-by-half Republicans who are keeping a discreet distance from Trump. It’s time to quite hedging. You risk being seen as quislings.

If we believe the polls, the all-stops-out Democratic effort to unseat – or at least neuter – Donald Trump isn’t working. Given the chance, 97 percent of those who voted for Donald Trump last November would vote for him again.

If you’re a Republican, there is no discreet distance from Donald Trump. His failure is your failure. If the Democrats or Bob Mueller or the establishment media succeed in taking him down, you’re going down with him.

It’s therefore time to find some courage. It’s time to stick your necks out and do for the voters what you promised you would do. Time to kill Obamacare. Time to cut taxes. Time to vigorously push back on witch-hunt investigations. And way past time to tell the media to stick it.

It’s time, ladies and gentlemen. It’s time.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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5 Responses

  1. Let’s face it, some Republicans are quislings. Republicans who fail to support Trump and the change he represents won’t get my support, my dollars, or my vote. If Republicans continue to be the party of Democrat accommodation, then I am done with them. When we find Republicans and Democrats in lock step, then maybe it will be time for a third party, one that is honestly conservative. Yes, I am very fed up–with the Democrats, AND with many Republicans as well.

  2. L Miles says:

    If you were newly elected to Congress and were flooded with offers of future campaign favors by Liberal Corporate Lobbyists and were warned by the Republican “Leadership” that you must be a “Team Player” or risk loss of Republican campaign support and was also wined and dined by the Liberal (Socialist) media that you have seen as “respected TV or Press personalities”, would you be tempted to abandon your “weak” beliefs in Conservative principles and take the bait, particularly if you are a “good talker” and have a skill of escaping accountability in your previous profession.

    In fact, if you are a creature of a private sector bureaucracy and have been gloriously successful at talking your way to higher positions with little REAL results that you can honestly take credit for yourself, you are a “factory/corporate made politician” that can become a member in good standing with lifetime tenure in the Washington Swamp. Why change or become a REAL statesman and be shunned by your colleagues in the Republican Party?

    The political herd instinct “stinks”, but it is the protective formula for keeping political power in spite of NOT being a true Representative of those that put you there. Until we have strong grass roots or national Conservative organizations that can expose these frauds while they are practicing their “art of deception” (not only during campaigns), it is not going to change. Q.E.D.

  3. Why is Rep. Gohmert ducking a town hall meeting?

  4. Linda E Montrose says:

    ELECTING Donald Trump was a wake-up call for EVERYONE! It was a warning that people are getting tired of this good ole boy syndrome. This was not a fluke, it was a MESSAGE to get off the stick and DO SOMETHING FOR the American People instead of making a career out of lining your own pockets.
    If people will open your eyes, it shows a new trend here, one that is putting this Country back on the RIGHT course. I am sorry to say this but if Jeb Bush had gotten the nomination, we would have clinton in office right now. Just as mccain allowed the illegal to be put into office. The republicans have always been ones to eat their own instead of being like the democrats who circle the wagons around theirs. Time to stop all this crap and get to work making this Country GREAT AGAIN!!!

  5. Richard Anderson says:

    Excellent piece Mr. Gleiser.

    I support President Trump without reservation, and I am confident that our Republican Senators and Representatives will follow through in supporting the President’s agenda–the agenda of “We The People.”
    1. Repeal Obamacare “in toto”
    2. Tax Cuts for individuals and businesses
    3. Build THE WALL [a wall incorporating solar panels perhaps, as the President suggested, is a truly innovative concept that even “far left environmentalists” have no valid reason to oppose]
    4. Drop the anti Trump “fishing expeditions” which have zero basis in fact

    Bottom line, just GET IT DONE, NOW, as American citizens have spoken at the ballot box.

    God be with you President Trump.

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