WASHINGTON, November 10, 2014 — The voters in Tuesday’s Congressional mid-term elections were clear on their priorities. Reforming Healthcare reform, the economy, jobs, cutting spending and taxes and protecting jobs by enforcing immigration laws – not handing out green cards to illegals.
Both parties are already showing signs of short term memory loss. The Democrats, most notably the President, Barack Obama, dismiss the election results, risking further damage, in favor of pacifying racial identity politics groups.
Obama believes an American President’s primary job is to provide benefits to foreign nationals over the objections and needs of citizens.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, (D-FL), head of the Democratic National Committee, resorted to a narrative that party apologists are clinging to in media engagements, the suggestion that Democrats weren’t really rejected by voters so much as “well, you know, a lot of our voters, women and young people, just don’t show up for mid-terms”. Wasserman-Schultz said this on Saturday:
“It’s apparent that there are increasingly two separate electorates; a midterm electorate and a presidential electorate. We win one and we don’t seem to be able to win the other. That is a fundamental dynamic that we have to change.”
Proof that the Democrats aren’t getting it, was clear in her next statement:
“Our party has a problem. We know we’re right on the issues. The American people believe in the causes we’re fighting for. But the electoral success we have when our presidential nominee is able to make a case to the country as a whole, doesn’t translate in other elections. That’s why we lost in 2010, and it’s why we lost on Tuesday.”
The Democrats might be well served to replace Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, in their respective minority leadership roles, with others that might have a greater appeal to moderates and independents, but they won’t. Even if they tried, they’d likely just substitute Reid for Senators Dick Durbin or Chuck Schumer. Another election outcome disconnect for the Democrats.
On the other side of Washington, the GOP’s temporary show of solidarity during the election, is evaporating, and the struggle for the identity of the party – between the reform wing and the establishment, has once again commenced.
“After winning a historic majority, it is incumbent on us to honor promises and do everything humanly possible to stop Obamacare,” Senator Ted Cruz, (R-TX), said in an interview.
The GOP establishment, however, appears to believe that catering to special interests on K Street, is the agenda they were elected on. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who has been pushing amnesty and increased immigration, including job killing H1-B work visas, believes this to be the case – dismissing the Tea Party movement and grass roots activists as the “for-profit wing”:
“The for-profit wing of the Republican Party will always have a voice, but after this last election, they don’t have much credibility,” said Scott Reed, the Chamber’s senior political strategist. “I’m not sure many folks will listen to it much longer. Governing still matters, and the good news is, everybody who was elected is into governing.”
It should be no surprise to anyone that Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is comfortable with big government politics as usual, and seeking solidarity with the policies voters rejected:
“There are intelligent things to do, and there are some not-so-intelligent things to do. And one of the first things we should do is find some areas of common ground with our Democrat friends.”
About the internal conflicts in the party moving forward, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) says, “I understand the frustrations of the conservative base; I am one of them. I also recognize reality. We’re not going to pass the entire conservative agenda tomorrow. We can certainly lay it out. Let’s start with the things we can pass. Doesn’t that make more sense?”
Of course not tomorrow. But with the corporation owned GOP leadership, it’s always tomorrow. Today is never a good day to take a stand and lead. When someone does, they incur the wrath of the welfare / warfare state syndicate.
Sense or no sense, you have a lot of Senators on the GOP side, that hope to hide behind the excuse of Obama’s lame duck Presidency, for not dynamically advancing the core conservative agenda voters demanded last Tuesday, and you have some hard charging insurgents that won’t go with the flow. The joyful singing around the victory campfire is pretty much over.
And all the crowing about “now we have our country back”, is extremely premature. You don’t – not even close. Don’t hang up the “Mission Accomplished” banner just yet.