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.