If the millions of people who continue to support Donald Trump and the Republican Party were rational people who cared about facts and reality (most aren’t), then the massive failure that was the GOP’s most recent attempt to “repeal and replace Obamacare” would serve as concrete evidence of what a fraudulent, dishonest, propaganda-driven party they support.
Think about this: a little over a year ago, when Barack Obama was president, Republicans like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan bragged about sending to the then-president’s desk a bill that would have repealed Obamacare had he signed it. Obviously he didn’t, instantly vetoing that bill, a veto Republicans couldn’t override because they didn’t have the necessary votes in Congress to do so.
The catch is, Republicans knew he wasn’t going to sign it, nor did they have the votes to override his veto, so this was nothing more than a political stunt paid for by the taxpayers which they used to work their supporters up and manipulate them.
The rallying crying of “repealing Obamacare” has been a staple of GOP fear-mongering since the moment it was signed into law. From death panels, to economic Armageddon, Republicans have told numerous preposterous lies about the Affordable Care Act to deceive and anger their supporters. Heck, they even shut the government down in 2013 trying to get this law repealed.
Yet here we are, six months into Republicans controlling the House, Senate, and White House — all the necessary parts of our government needed to repeal Obamacare — and they just failed, spectacularly, at doing so.
Well, that’s simple: Because the law is too popular among millions of their supporters to turn their propaganda and lies into actual reality.
See, that’s the thing about facts, they’re real whether or not Republican voters want to believe in them. It doesn’t matter if they don’t want to believe they’ve benefited from the law, millions of them have. Republicans know that if they simply “repealed Obamacare” like they’ve promised, with no better plan in place, the political ramifications for doing so would be catastrophic for the party.
It’s this epic failure after years of pushing their dishonest propaganda which MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow brilliantly mocked Tuesday.
“Even as we’re following this day by day, and hour by hour now, stepping back from this for a second, this is a remarkable place where we have ended up. Right?,” Maddow quipped. “In this last election, Republicans got control of the Senate. They got control of the House. They got control of the White House, and even with that total control in Washington, they really are about to hit six months in power… by the end of this week, it will be six months in power… with Republicans in control of all branches of government and they will have not passed a single substantial piece of legislation.”
“I mean, they can pass basically anything they want with zero Democratic votes,” Maddow continued. “They only have to line up votes in their own party, and still, they have passed nothing. Even this one thing they campaigned on for seven straight years and practiced doing, impotently, dozens of times while President Obama was in office. Even this one thing, they really do not appear to be able to do it.”
Couple of corrections:
- There are three branches of government (Executive, Legislative, Judicial), Republicans control Executive and Legislative, which is all that’s needed to pass legislation. While there’s a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, technically no party “controls” the Judicial Branch.
- Democrats still do have filibuster power in the Senate, which does give them some power to block legislation unless the GOP is willing to compromise enough to entice a few Democrats to vote with them. However, when it came to health care, since Republicans were using budgetary tricks to push through this repeal of Obamacare, all that was needed was a simple majority vote in both the House and Senate. So Democrats had practically no power to stop them.
Nevertheless, Maddow’s assessment of the incompetent display we’ve seen from Republicans over these last six months is still accurate.
This is a party that’s so dysfunctional, dishonest, and fueled by fictional propaganda that they can’t push for any legislation that might garner some support from Democrats because the “hardliners” in their party would reject it and compromising with Democrats would be used against them the next time they’re up for re-election. Any Republican appearing to work with Democrats would be crushed by the increasingly far-right/radical/conspiracy-driven conservative media that’s taken over the party the last few years.
Which brings us to where we’re at now. The Republican party can’t accomplish anything because they’ve pushed themselves too far right to be reasoned with, which has allowed a con artist to become “president” by pandering to that right-wing fan fiction that wasn’t possible or realistic — but their supporters think it is because they’ve spent years telling them it was.
What we’re currently witnessing is what happens when years of Republican propaganda meets reality. A situation where Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House — yet they’re comically blaming Democrats for not being able to get anything done.
As I’ve said plenty of times before, if I were a Republican, I’d get really sick and tired of the party I support constantly treating me like I was an idiot while fully expecting I’ll prove them right whenever an election rolls around.
Watch Maddow’s comments below via MSNBC:
After six months in control of the government, Republicans still have yet to pass any substantial legislation. https://t.co/C59TESypdk
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) July 19, 2017