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As noted elsewhere, this miserable omnibus bill that neutered the incoming GOP House majority was voted for by 18 Senate Republicans. That’s nearly half.
I see more people here on Ricochet and on Twitter who are furious about this, and I am not talking about the usual Damn-the-RINOs brigade. McConnell’s praise for the bill (much misreported, but still praise) is paired with his perverse non-performance going into the recent election — he is seen as one major reason why there is no incoming GOP Senate majority, and now he’s practically dancing on the grave of opposition to Democrats. Senators Ron Johnson and Mike Lee are taking McConnell to the woodshed over it. I hope that lasts into the new session.
This omnibus debacle is “radicalizing” Republicans to oppose the business-as-usual leadership and loser deals that have been the GOP rule for decades. The GOP has been negotiating with the left in order to prosecute a war against its base for too many elections, and the froth on the right has only grown.
Personally, I admit that I’m torn. I’m typically a bit of a bomb-tosser — I do want to win, but I want that win to be valuable. Increasingly, people are seeing diminished value in the GOP.
I don’t think Trump is viable anymore, not even as a stalking horse. We are going to need a new Trump, because there is no way a new Jeb, new Romney, or new McCain will get anywhere in this environment. Meanwhile, people are beginning to appreciate the value of causing pain to change GOP behavior.
How would you like to go broke and become a trivial rump party, GOP? You’ll be threatened by a froth of minor initiatives styling themselves “parties” and “fronts” and “movements.” And you will lose. “Oh, but then the Democrats will ruin this country,” they cry. Newsflash. They’re already doing it, and you’re helping them.
Mitch screwed up big time.Published in