Divided Republicans defeat themselves

This is why we can't have nice things...


WASHINGTON January 8, 2015  – Is it just me or does the GOP have things completely backwards? This past November the GOP enjoyed a historic landmark victory that not only won back control of the Senate but also ushered in a House majority not seen since the early 1900s. It was great; both conservative and establishment Republicans came together and we became a tidal wave.

Unfortunately it appears that the great tidal wave has receded and has been succeeded by spinelessness and petty squabble.  Both party factions are guilty in on way or another and it needs to stop.

This week’s drama over the Boehner Revolt  is just another installment of a problem that has plagued the GOP for awhile now. I am by no means a huge fan of Boehner and I am frequently angered by the spinelessness of many Republicans in Washington however we need to stop with the shenanigans.

President Obama is no fool when it comes to politics, his plan has been to play both sides against the middle by exploiting our division. I think it’s safe to say it’s been working thus far.

RedState.com’s Erick Erickson had an interesting take on the situation in one of his latest articles:

“Maybe it is because I’m sitting in a seminary class right now while everyone else is so focused on this vote, but I think conservatives, in a minority position within their own conference, have to show more grace than the other side. Telling your friends to go to hell because you disagree with their vote does more harm than good. The problem within the conservative movement in many of these fights is the same as that for the GOP in the larger electoral process.”

Erickson is definitely no fan of the GOP establishment and is considered to be “the most powerful conservative in America“, yet he understands that we cannot lose sight of the big picture. Many on the right are angry, understandably so, however all this infighting has been doing a lot more harm than good.

Moderate and establishment Republicans are just as guilty if not more so than their colleagues on the right. Voters chose to take a hard right turn this past November as referendum on President Obama’s policies. Voters expect a Republican legislature that will not only govern, but govern with a backbone. With all of the infighting and drama going on within the GOP over the last few months many are probably wondering how can Republicans fix the nation if they can’t even fix their own party.

Take a look at this video of Sen. John Thune saying that Republicans well not shut down the Department of Homeland Security to cut of President Obama’s Executive Amnesty. I am all for strategy and I don’t believe we should have gone through with another complete government shutdown, however this is just plain spinelessness. Not to mention it’s also a major slap in the face to conservatives:

It may come as a surprise to some of you but President Obama is not going to be backing down anytime soon. We’ve seen evidence of this through his amnesty via executive order and his latest threat to veto any Keystone Pipeline bills that come across his desk. This is not the time to have a civil war that could tear the party apart, Republicans need to stand together and govern with a backbone according to principal. We need to face the fact that there will never be a perfect conservative politician, nor will either faction of the party ever be completely happy. This does not mean that GOP should be the party of spineless cowards or Democrat-lite, but both sides of the party should work together and compromise as one party.

My fellow Republicans, the people have given us an opportunity to govern through the control of both Congressional Houses. Let’s show them that we are the party of small government and that we are the party of great policy. In other words, let’s not blow it..

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Ross Spohn
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  • ginjit.dw

    Unless I missed it, the election was a repudiation of boehner, not an approval. He is part of the problem, not the solution…..

    • Thanks for your comment ginjit, I agree that he is apart of the problem and as I stated in the article I am no fan of the establishment. With that being said rebelling against the party as a whole and Boehner this week was not the solution either. There was neither organization or a viable candidate that would make many Republicans go along with ousting Boehner. There’s an old saying that if you’re going to take a shot at the king you better not miss. I am all for conservatives/republicans in the house getting their stuff together behind someone concrete next time around, however now is not the time to stomp our feet in an angry rage. We have much bigger fish to fry and if we don’t band together we might as well ride off into the sunset.