WASHINGTON, February 4, 2014 – One, two, three strikes your out, GOP! A number of Republicans in the House leadership have taken to various Washington political media outlets to complain about the criticism they are getting over House Speaker John Boehner’s support of some form of Amnesty this year.
Some of the House Members, including Rob Bishop of Idaho, went on the offensive against the conservative media that had attacked them for “something we haven’t done yet.” He said that means, “we don’t have a plan yet, all people were talking about was ideas. So jumping to conclusions is premature.”
Congressman Bishop and most of the other Republicans in Congress don’t get that the conservative base is angry. The base is angry because they are talking about Amnesty, and the base is angry because the base does not trust the House Republicans.
The base has no reason to trust the Republicans in Congress. The conservative base of the Republican Party overwhelmingly opposes Amnesty. What the base really wants is a fight with Obama over Obamacare, the IRS abuses, Benghazi and Fast and Furious, just to name a few.
The Republican Congress wants to give the conservative voting base meaningless votes on repealing Obamacare while moving forward on Amnesty. Additionally, conservatives have not forgotten, nor are they in a mood to forgive, the Republicans for what they have done in the last three years following their historic change in the House of Representatives in 2010.
Then the Republicans campaigned on reducing spending, reducing the debt and fighting Obamacare.
If this were a baseball game, they would have struck out on all three as under John Boehner’s leadership, spending has increased, the debt has increased and nothing has been done about Obamacare despite the suffering of the American people.
What the Republican leadership remains clueless about is the fact that the conservative base is now totally fed up, no longer trusting in the GOP. The Republicans are like the cheating husband in the old country song who asks, “Who are you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes?”
Republicans don’t want to know the answer to that question.
Fortunately for the GOP, this election remains essentially a binary election. There is no alternative to the GOP. If there were, the GOP would be gone. For the first time in one hundred and fifty years, the conditions are right for one of the major parties to be replaced by another party. Some in the Republican leadership have complained this is just an issue of “messaging.” No. It’s not. This is an issue of trust.
The Republican Party better start listening to the conservative base, earning their trust again. Or the base will channel its inner Darth Vader and inform the Republicans, “You have failed us for the last time.”