Republicans Bet Big and Lost








Republicans put all their chips on the table when it came to beating President Obama this past November.  See, they knew the economy was improving, but they had to continue with their lie that it wasn’t… HOPING that somehow they could beat Obama and take credit over the next 4 years for the economic recovery.

But, they didn’t win.  Not only did they not win, they lost seats in the House and Senate.  Not only losing seats in Congress, they lost the overall popular vote in Congress by more than 1 million votes.

*On a side note: Doesn’t it say enough about the state of the Republican Party (post George W. Bush) that the best “chip” they could play in this big hand against President Obama and Democrats was Mitt Romney?  But that’s a whole other topic for another day.

Now, they really don’t know what the hell to do.  They tried to push the situation that happened in Benghazi the best they could, but it’s hard to seem appalled over 4 American deaths in Libya, when your party is responsible for over 4,000 American deaths in Iraq.

They talked about “changing the party.”  The person they picked for the rebuttal of the President’s State of the Union speech was Marco Rubio, in an attempt to appeal to Latino voters.  Of course, this went terribly wrong.  Rubio made Nixon’s appearance during our first televised Presidential debate seem calm and relaxed by comparison and added a new meaning to the phrase “Watergate”.

Then the sequester came, and to no surprise they blamed it entirely on President Obama.  The problem is, it was their antics during 2011 with regards to our debt ceiling that created the sequester.  Had Republicans simply voted to raise the debt ceiling, as they had done every single time under George W. Bush (7 times total in 8 years actually), the sequester would have never existed.

Then Rand Paul decided to stick his name in the race for party leader by planning a 13 hour Presidential campaign speech, by way of another Republican filibuster.  This did nothing more than showcase the fact that he doesn’t understand the powers our Constitution gives the President during a time of war.

Most recently, it’s been House Speaker Boehner admitting that we don’t have an immediate debt crisis, going against everything he’s been preaching since Obama’s election. Now we have Congressman Paul Ryan’s delusional budget, which is the same budget Americans voted against last November.

Oh, we can’t forget Michele Bachmann and her recent joke of a speech about the Affordable Care Act killing women, children and the elderly. Or Sarah Palin’s Big Gulp photo-op to make herself feel relevant again, while mocking President Obama’s use of a teleprompter as she read from —-a teleprompter.

You really can’t make this stuff up.

Facts are:

-The economy is improving
-We’ve reduced our deficits by over 3 trillion dollars
-We’ve created over 6 million jobs in the last 3 years
-Bin Ladin is dead
-The Iraq War is over
-The Afghanistan War is nearing its end
-Unemployment has dropped from a high of 10.1% to 7.7%
-Stocks have set new records, seeing their best 10-day stretch since 1996
-Stocks have also increased by more than 100% since their lows in 2009
-Taxes for 98% of Americans are at some of their lowest levels in history
-Americans with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied medical insurance
-Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is in the history books as gay soldiers can now proudly serve in our military
-Women can now serve on the front-lines in combat
-We’ve increased domestic oil production to its highest levels since the late-90’s
-The American auto industry, on the brink of death just a few years back, is now thriving

Just to list a few items.

All of this has been done without a single shred of help from the vast majority of Republicans.  In fact, they’ve done everything they possibly could the last 4 years to prevent basically everything listed above.

Now, the average Republican will deny most of the facts I’ve listed, because Fox News tells them they should.

It’s a dangerous cycle.  They’ve created voters who don’t question what they’re told and only support what they want to hear.  Their politicians can’t tell the truth (as Boehner did about the lack of a debt crisis), because that’s not what most Republicans want to believe.  They really can’t be more moderate on immigration reform, because that’s not how most Republicans want to handle immigration.  They can’t be more moderate with taxes, because they’ve spent the past 30+ years conditioning their voters to fear any  tax hikes.  Hell, they can’t even back off the “repeal of Obamacare” (39 attempts and counting…), because if they stopped, their voters would be outraged.

They bet big and lost, and now they don’t know what to do.  All they can do is sit back and continue to deny reality, which is what they’ve done for years.

But the funny thing about reality is this–it’s real whether they want to believe it or not.  So they can continue to deny it’s happening, but that’s not going to change a damn thing, nor is it going to help the Republican Party one bit.

But hey, as a Progressive, I hope individuals like Palin, Bachmann, Rove, Beck, Ryan, Boehner, Rubio, McConnell and Fox News continue to be the face of the Republican Party for many years to come. Because that’s great news for myself, Democrats and every person who shares similar ideological and political beliefs.

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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