Dear Republicans: Enjoy Winning a Few Battles, Because You’re Losing the War – Badly

paul-ryan-sad-1Heading into this year’s elections, Republicans are as giddy as children on Christmas eve.  While it’s not 100 percent certain, it’s very possible that Republicans will take majority control back in the Senate and most definitely keep control of the House of Representatives.

Add in this current VA scandal with which they can use to stir up negative press on the Obama administration, and by proxy the Democratic party, and things are looking good for Republicans heading into this year’s midterm elections.

But Republicans really shouldn’t be celebrating.  What do they really have to celebrate about?  Because they’re going to win a few elections this November?  Okay, I’ll give them that.  So they might win this battle if Democrats don’t get out the vote in high numbers.

They’re still losing the war – badly.

Heading into 2016 it’s all but certain if Hillary Clinton decides to run, she’s going to win.  Karl Rove and his fellow minions can try to drag her through the mud all they want, but that’s going to backfire once she declares her candidacy.  Heck it’s already backfired.  Rove’s comments about Hillary’s health didn’t bring her down, it just made him look like a complete jackass.  If anything it showcased the pettiness of the Republican party.  Now going forward anything Rove says about Hillary Clinton is just going to look like pathetic desperation from the Republican party to say anything to attack her.

But it’s not just the 2016 presidential race that they’re most likely going to lose.  The “war” over legalized same-sex marriage in this country is almost all but settled – it’s going to be legal.  In state after state courts are ruling bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.  Even a few Republican governors have stopped appealing these rulings because they know they don’t have a legal leg on which to stand.

The war for same-sex marriage is basically over, and Republicans lost.

But they’re also losing the war on immigration.  The only reason why Republicans are even attempting to utter the words “immigration reform” is because they know if they don’t start getting more of the Hispanic vote, they’ll never win another presidential election and will start losing House and Senate seats.  If it was up to most Republican voters, especially the white ones, we’d spend billions trying to round up and deport every single illegal immigrant, then we’d build a giant wall between the United States and Mexico armed to the teeth with white ‘Muricans exercising their Second Amendment right to carry assault rifles.

Trust me, they really don’t want immigration reform.  They’re only saying they’re open to the idea now because, just like with same-sex marriage, they’re losing the “war” when it comes to voting support from Hispanic voters.

They’re losing the religious war.  Sure, they’re trying to unconstitutionally inject more religion into legislation (and have temporarily done so a few times – until these laws get challenged, then overturned, by the courts) but the “big picture” shows fewer and fewer Americans identifying themselves with a particular religion or any sort of religion at all.

This country isn’t becoming more religious, it’s become less.  And ironically conservative religious radicals are often cited as the primary reason why so many are flocking away from religion.

Even when it comes to marijuana legalization (granted it’s something even a lot of Democrats continue to oppose) it’s liberal states like Colorado and Washington that have led the way.

The United States itself isn’t becoming more conservative, it’s becoming more liberal.  The only reason why conservatives have the control they do in Congress is because their voters are much more consistent with voting than liberals, and the GOP has done a great job gerrymandering districts across the country to favor permanently retaining seats in the House – much better than Democrats, as a matter of fact.  Still, if liberals got out the vote in high numbers like conservatives consistently do, we’d easily control Congress and the White House.  Even when gerrymandering, shady money and political propaganda all favor Republicans, the fact remains that registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans.

So while Republicans are in great spirits right now because poll numbers seem to be leaning their way, in true conservative fashion, they fail to see the big picture on anything.

Because if they did, they’d clearly see that while they’re winning a few battles – they’re badly losing the war.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Lilarose Davis

    I just don’t understand why Democratic voters don’t vote in midterms to keep the Republicans from getting majority in both house and senate, yet they will vote in droves for Hillary if the time comes.

    • PitoDaddy

      They don’t vote because too many of them are short-sighted, lazy, goddamn idiots. The damage that the Koch brothers can cause this country is immense. If the GOP keeps the House and wins the Senate the only thing that will be standing between attacks on the 99% and the Koch brothers will be the president, and they’re gearing up to impeach him over some bogus trumped up Benghazi charge. The GOP taking control of the Senate will be devastating. For progressives to stay home again like they did in 2010 would be one of the more idiotic and self-destructive things that a people could do to themselves.

      • libknot

        Bwahahahaha!! Turn the TV off and get informed.

      • PitoDaddy

        You need to stop drinking whatever Kool-Aid yo’ve been drinking and get informed yourself. I don’t get my information from the TV because I already know that Fart Noise and the MSM is garbage. I do my own research. My sources are largely nonpartisan, i.e., legislation at the state and federal level; Congressional Budget Office Reports; testimony transcripts from Congressional hearings; archive news reports from years and decades ago, etc. I’ve been conducting research on US history, economics, and politics for years. You obviously don’t know what in the hell you’re talking about, and you’ve done a poor job pretending.

    • VegasT

      I would also add that many of the democrat voters are also struggling with just living. Dealing with issues that affect them at this moment, like getting bills paid. Many do not understand that by voting they can get help with the issues they face daily.

      • libknot

        Oh they understand that by voting for a Democrat that they’ll get help “with the issues they face daily.” What they don’t understand is that the Democrats cause 60% and the Republicans cause 40% of “the issues they face daily”. Career politicians, no matter what party, are NOT for the people. We are being played.