Does anyone remember 2009? The Republicans in Washington were desperate. They were a minority in the House of Representatives, where Nancy Pelosi ran that Chamber like her own personal dictatorship. In the Senate, the GOP had shrunk to the point where they could not even filibuster a bill.
The Republicans begged and pleaded with the base. If you just get us back into power, they said, we will do everything you want.
Six years later, conservatives have given the GOP their wish. The Republicans now control the House of Representatives and the Senate. Absent a stunning series of events beyond anyone’s control, the Republicans will gain control of the White House after the 2016 election.
But now, because of things going on in Washington, conservatives are asking, “What good is the Republican Party in Washington?”
What is happening?
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has announced that there will be no government shutdown at the end of the month. There will be no attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has been rocked by scandals that show how evil that organization is. These videos show executives joking about selling body parts so one of them can buy a Lamborghini. Another horror story involves them talking about cutting through the face of an aborted baby to get the brain. The understory here is that for some of these aborted babies to be usable for medical purposes, they are basically born alive.
Planned Parenthood should be defunded and abolished just as a matter of general principle. But there is a more practical issue here. The abortion industry is one of the largest funders of the Democrat Party. The Republican Party should take on Planned Parenthood for that reason alone.
Yes, Barack Obama is threatening to veto any budget bill that does not include funding for Planned Parenthood. Because he threatening to do so, is no reason for the GOP to surrender. But that is exactly what they are doing.
The Republican Party in DC will not fight for anything. Despite their promises, they are not fighting to repeal Obamacare. Despite their promises, they are not fighting to cut spending or reduce the size of government.
Some fights you win and some fights you lose. But you always lose if you never fight.
The base is sick of Republicans who will not fight for anything they claim they believe in.
Is it any wonder many Republicans are now looking at Donald Trump as a candidate? There is no telling what a President Trump would really do but he is willing to fight the other side.
That is certainly more than the current Washington leadership is willing to do.