One undeniable fact about the Republican party is that they’re damn good at pushing propaganda. If there’s an agenda they want pushed, you can bet that it’s going to be pushed by about 95 percent of the Republicans in Washington and just about every aspect of the conservative media.
That being said, the biggest weakness for Republicans is almost always Americans actually finding out what they really stand for. It’s why in 2016 Republicans have said they want fewer presidential primary debates – because they know the more their candidates get the nation’s attention on a national stage, the worse it is for their party.
It’s the same thing we’re about to see in Congress. For six years, President Obama has been in the White House and the most power Republicans have had is control over the House. And for most of those years they’ve tried to blame the president and Democrats for all the gridlock we’ve seen in Congress. And, sadly, millions of Americans actually believed them.
But now they’ve been given full control of Congress. Prepare for the production of Congress to skyrocket!
Well, not so fast. You see, Democrats can now do what Republicans did to them in the Senate. That is, use the filibuster as much as possible to block almost any bill they might want to pass. And how will Republicans respond to this? Will they call Democrats out for using the same tactics they’ve been using for six years?
Not only that, but now Republicans will have to pass legislation about which they’ve mostly been silent.
During this past year’s elections Republicans didn’t run on their policies, they simply ran against Obama’s policies. It was an easy route to take because it’s always easy to run negative ads against something, and typically these type of ads distract enough Americans from asking the question, “Well, I know what you’re against, but what the hell are you running on?”
And during an election, Republicans could avoid those types of questions because they used anti-Obama diversion to distract people from really thinking about who they were voting for.
But now that they’ve won, they actually have to try to do something. And guess what? Almost nothing they support is popular with the American people.
What are they going to do, try to pass a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage? Oh, I know! They can try to pass an immigration bill that alienates practically every Latino vote in the United States. And I’m sure they’re going to pass plenty of big tax breaks for the rich while opposing any increase to our federal minimum wage.
Then there’s always the endless votes I’m sure we’ll see to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Though, I can’t help but wonder, what would the millions of conservatives who would instantly lose their newly acquired health insurance think if Obama actually repealed his signature health care law? (Which he wont.)
Let’s not forget the possible impeachment proceedings against the president over his immigration executive orders. After all, impeaching the president worked out so well for Republicans when Clinton was in office.
And this is the problem Republicans are about to face. While they ran successful campaigns opposing President Obama, the one thing they didn’t do was run on what their party stands for. And now that they’ve gotten exactly what they wanted (control of both the House and the Senate), they can’t hide from the American people any longer.
This is why Republicans, and more specifically conservatives, never win “the war.” Sure, they’ll win a few battles, but ultimately they always lose. They run on propaganda and negativity because they know the typical American voter has a very short memory when it comes to politics, but almost every time they’re given power their idiocy is put on full display and the American people are reminded of just how outdated and regressive their ideologies are.
Oh, and we can’t forget the congressional Republicans who are more concerned about running for president right now (Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz) who are certainly going to be a thorn in the side of pretty much anything Republicans might want to do that won’t benefit their presidential ambitions.
So, when it comes to this year and what Republicans can do, they essentially have two choices:
- Do nothing and try to blame it all on President Obama and Democrats, which isn’t going to work because they’re now the face of Congress. – or –
- Actually try to pass the nonsense they support and let the American people see exactly what it is that they stand for.
And no matter which option they ultimately choose, neither are going to turn out well for the Republican party.