I’m not very impressed by the Republican victory Tuesday. Are you? Really?
After all the jumping up and down is finished and the sports analyses fade away, what is the country left with?
Senate Republicans will start investigating the Obama administration and do some decent accountability work, which is nice. Beyond that, this is a hollow victory for conservatives.
Republicans won on Election Day without a serious conservative agenda, relying on anger toward President Obama and his policies. Worse, they trained themselves that they CAN win without a serious conservative agenda.
So now, Republicans will think they can cruise to victory in 2016 by nominating the Anti-Obama and bashing his presidency, while knotting Hillary and Barack together. It might work, but it has less chance of succeeding than a positive agenda. And even if it does work, who cares?
Repudiation of Obama’s policies is rather meaningless, because so much of the rejection seems attached to the man himself, as if there is some kind of special Obama version of Socialism that doesn’t work. Republicans failed to explain why his policies don’t work, and didn’t make the case for what would replace them.
This country is in major deep doodoo. We’ve come down with a bad case of $17-trillion debt; government is overspending and over regulating, relentlessly expanding its purview over our lives; the entitlement programs need painful reforms; taxes are too high, especially for corporations; people are refusing to work; the able-bodied are getting welfare without consequences or work requirements; the immigration rate is too high to absorb new arrivals without diluting our culture; Obamacare is spurring even more government control while destroying our health system; and we face external threats that will require reversing Obama’s withdrawal from the world. The list continues.
The problems facing the United States are terribly daunting and require not the likes of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell, who will lead this new Congress Republicans are celebrating. They demand sweeping changes to the way America is doing business – the full implementation of conservative policies that perhaps could still save the country from its Death March toward statism, isolationism, and decline. Charismatic politicians who can sell this approach to the public are needed, not tinkerers who hope to run up the scoreboard against Obama and the Democrats.
Tuesday’s result is just volleyball, and Republicans happened to spike the ball this time and now have possession. In two years, there will be plenty of GOP seats up for grab, and the Senate may well fall back to the Democrats. Meanwhile, with the majorities Republicans have, they still can’t pass anything in the Senate, where 60 votes are needed, and Obama will veto whatever they might get through.
What happened Tuesday, for conservatives, is hardly thrilling. Even, it’s a mirage, a deception, a soulless victory that will only delay – and by delaying, worsen – the day of reckoning with our problems
Assuming, of course, that our problems will be solvable by then.