The Republican party is an absolute joke. I know that might sound biased and partisan coming from me, but it’s true. We’re not even two full months into the GOP having control of both houses of Congress and their “leadership” has been an absolute embarrassment.
They’ve essentially done two things since seizing control of Congress:
- Pass bills that have zero chance at being signed by President Obama. – and –
- Fight amongst each other.
First, there was the abortion bill they tried to shove through Congress that caused a full-on revolt by female members of the Republican party. Now we’re looking at what equates to nothing more than a battle between Republicans in the House and Senate to fund the Department of Homeland Security.
The only reason this has even been an issue is because House Republicans continue to try to piggyback an unrelated measure to roll back President Obama’s executive order on immigration to a bill that would fund the DHS.
There’s absolutely zero chance that this measure clears the Senate, and Republicans in the Senate know this – which is why they came together with Senate Democrats to pass a clean funding bill that would put an end to all of this DHS funding nonsense.
But, as expected, House Republicans failed to approve that measure. Instead what we ended up with is a week-long measure that’s only delaying the inevitable. This is almost exactly what we saw with the government shutdown a few years ago. Either House Republicans are going to ultimately cave on this issue and approve the clean funding bill the Senate has passed (and the president would sign), or they’re going to continue reject it and eventually the DHS is going to run out of funding and close.
But make no mistake about it, if the DHS closes due to a lack of funding, the fault lies completely on the shoulders of House Republicans.
And it seems Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has had just about enough of these House Republicans who continue to play petty partisan games with our government.
“This madness has to end soon. We can’t keep doing this,” King said during an interview with MSNBC.
“We should not put American lives at risk to win an immigration battle with the president,” he continued. “I’ve had it with this self-righteous, delusional wing of the party.”
And that’s the bottom line to all of this. It doesn’t really matter what King or any other Republican thinks of what the president has done on immigration, there’s no way they’re going to win this battle – and King knows that. I might disagree with him on a lot of his politics, but at least he’s sensible enough in some aspects to realize that it’s foolish to try to pick a fight that you have zero chance at winning.
But King wasn’t finished.
“Many of these people are elected from parts of the country that live in an echo chamber,” King said. “All they hear is everything is anti-Obama.”
It’s like the joke many liberals use, if President Obama came out in support of oxygen, many conservatives would suffocate. While that’s clearly an exaggeration, the point is still valid. Most conservatives I’ve met will literally oppose anything President Obama supports. They really don’t even know what it is that they’re opposing, all they know is that it’s something the president wants passed.
The Affordable Care Act is a prime example. There are literally tens of thousands, if not millions, of conservatives who are benefitting from the law – who still want to see it repealed.
It makes absolutely no sense.
So it’s nice to hear Rep. King basically acknowledge how his party has made a conscious effort since 2008 to do everything it possibly can to make people irrationally loathe and hate this president. And what we’re seeing now – blind opposition to anything and everything he supports – is the result of those blatant and calculated campaigns of lies and misinformation levied against President Obama by the GOP.
Watch his comments below via MSNBC: