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The omnibus spending bill is a clear rejection of President Trump and of the Deplorable, populist, “hobbit” sort of voters. It was jammed through the House and Senate, and signed by President Trump in the name of national defense. Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell crafted a bill that shows maximum contempt for immigration enforcement, for repeal of Obamacare, and for almost every issue driving Republican primary voters and “Reagan Democrats.”
Hillary’s latest outburst was downright respectful next to the congressional majority leadership’s big, fat “forget you” to the forgotten Americans. The same establishment leadership opposed, mocked and subverted the Tea Party movement. So, we are left with the question: what is to be done?
Embrace the Power of “And.”
It is true both that the Republican Budget, Once Again, Gives Democrats Everything and that President Trump failed to have a month-long full Cabinet campaign, selling his priorities especially hard in the states with Senate seats on the 2018 ballot, while dropping truth bombs all over pork and bad elitist ideas, which national polls show the American people do not support.
The Republicans’ #FailureTheater is nothing new. They are not the Stupid Party, they are masters of maintaining personal power and fund-raising by avoiding angering their donor class. In the process, they endeavor to generate just enough rhetorical and symbolic activity to keep the rubes rolling into the polls every other November. President Trump threatens this enduring system, which threatens him and his family back. He has had 16 months, since his election, to observe the Swamp and develop an effective legislative strategy. He failed, in the midst of national security threats, mass killings, and perpetual investigation, to lead a focused campaign to nudge (ok, shove) congressional Republicans on spending.
The #NeuterTrump Campaign
The Omnibus spending bill is only the latest measure in a series of active and passive-aggressive efforts to effectively void the 2016 Electoral College results. The Senate Republican majority chose the rules and allowed “defections” to prevent Obamacare repeal, with not one Senator stripped of a single committee assignment. Both the Speaker and the Senate Majority Leader have allowed unending “investigations” to maintain the insinuation that President Trump was not legitimately elected by American citizens, voting based on their own competent judgment. Senator McConnell has chosen to not to force votes to confirm President Trump’s executive appointments, feigning outrage and helplessness in the face of Senator Schumer’s determined opposition. As Paul Mirengoff recently wrote at Power Line:
Confirmation requires only 50 votes. The GOP has those votes. Thus, it doesn’t need to make deals to confirm nominees.
It’s true that the Democrats have taken advantage of stalling tactics. But Senate Republicans can overcome these tactics by adjusting the rules and working more days.
Harry Reid “adjusted” far more venerable rules than the 30 hours of debate requirement the Dems are using now. Reid wouldn’t stand for obstruction and Republicans shouldn’t either.
The Congressional Republicans are not the Stupid Party, they are the #NeuterTrump Party, and they must be overcome in the next few months of Senate primaries.
Build a MAGA Majority Now
I do not agree that “you can vote for conservatism, but you can’t get it.” We can do it, yes we can. The path to real change is through the Senate midterm elections. Ronald Reagan pressured Blue Dog Democrats into crossing the aisle for his legislative agenda by appealing to their constituents in their districts. With the Democratic Party purged of anyone who would cross the left’s agenda, the fight now is for the Republican Party in Congress. The fulcrum is the threat to Mitch McConnell of up to 10 Senate seats flipping from Democrat to MAGA Republican and three open seats in currently Republican states being filled by MAGA candidates.
President Trump needs to start immediately, building off his promise to never again sign a bill like the monstrosity he signed March 23. He needs to make the case for immediate reform of the confirmation process — “Senators, do your job, no days off until all my nominees are confirmed, and get it done before June!” He also needs to make the case for ending the 60-vote rule on budget bills: “no more playing games with our national security, no more games with our people’s safety here at home; stop playing games with the American people’s money!”
The bottom line deal, with the easiest sell, would be changing the rule to 50 votes for Defense and Homeland Security appropriation bills. Taking those two off the table would gut the big spenders’ leverage over the entire budget. As President Trump is making the case around the country, he must demand all midterm candidates immediately, loudly, and unequivocally support these reforms, joining him in pressuring Senate Majority Leader McConnell with the implicit threat of losing his precious leadership office.
But what if the Senate flips? As Paul Mirengoff pointed out, the Senate Democrats will change any rule they find obstructing their goals. The Senate Republicans know this, so are either in deep denial or are being deliberately deceptive. It is long past time to call them on it. Indeed, by calling them on their dysfunctional behavior, we can help Senate Republicans keep the promises they made. Keeping promises increases public trust. Public trust will lead to Senate seats held and gained, pushing the day the Senate flips well into future election cycles.
Here are the 2018 US Senate Republican Party primaries. Time to defeat the #NeuterTrump campaign, and the endless cycle of broken promises by Republican officeholders. Time for a MAGA Majority campaign.Published in