Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House, yet they can’t get much accomplished. Democrats are running opposition now, and have assumed the role of the GOP during the Obama years. The Trump administration is talking big on agenda items, but hasn’t been able to move the wheels of Congress to get anything big to the President’s desk. The federal government has become crippled to the point of inaction. When will the dam burst?

There are lots of ways to look at the current state of affairs in DC. The Democrats aren’t going to help the GOP pass and agenda, nor would anyone expect them to. The Republicans, the other hand, seem to be doing a fine job of sabotaging their electoral success. Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham plants the blame squarely on members of the President’s own party, according to Fox News:

Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham lashed out at establishment Republicans Tuesday night, telling Fox News’ “Hannity” that “a lot of them don’t want Donald Trump to succeed.”

“A lot of them don’t like his policies,” said Ingraham, who singled out Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake as being part of “a significant Chamber of Commerce wing of the Republican Party.”

Flake made headlines Tuesday with the release of his book, titled “Conscience of a Conservative,” in which he described the GOP as being in “denial” about the consequences of electing Trump president.

“Republicans play the safe gentlemanly game of politics,” Ingraham told host Sean Hannity. “They agree with the Democrats on a lot of these key issues, and they don’t agree with Donald Trump on a lot of key issues, so they’re not willing to fight for him.”

The Lifezette editor-in-chief theorized that Trump’s critics have yet to get over his surprise victory in last year’s election.

“He crushed them and they never got over it,” Ingraham said. “The day after the election, they began plotting what they hoped would be his demise.”

It’s true, some Republicans have an axe to grind with Trump, like Senator John McCain. Trump picked on McCain several times during the 2016 campaign, yet those actions have come back to haunt him as McCain cast the death knell “No” vote against the Senate advancing any kind of ObamaCare repeal bill.

GOP stalwart Newt Gingrich is warning his own party that they risk losing their majority if they can’t come together and get something done. Gingrich published an op-ed in USAToday laying out the what is at stake for the party:

The specter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is looming.

Following Republicans’ failure to fix the country’s health care system, polls show Americans are increasingly flirting with Democratic governance in Congress next year. This means Republicans must change their game plan. The next six months must not be the same as the last six months.

To regain their legislative momentum and keep their majority, Republicans must clearly demonstrate they are fighting for the country’s hardworking taxpayers. This means passing a major tax cut by Thanksgiving — and making it retroactive to the start of this year.

By 2018, the tax cuts will have spurred economic growth and wage increases, giving Republicans substantial momentum and a popular record of success to tout during their campaigns.

As a result of the infighting in Trump world and in Congress, Democrats see the opening to regain the majority in 2018, according to The Hill:

Democrats are feeling encouraged about their prospects of winning back the House next year despite a string of special election losses.

A turbulent White House has left President Trump’s approval rating at a dismal 40 percent, and Democrats ended the House session watching the ObamaCare repeal effort collapse in the Senate.

“There are a lot of reasons to think that the House will be in play next year,” said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, an election handicapper at the University of Virginia.

Kondik said the single best gauge for predicting 2018 results may be the House generic ballot, which has the Democrats up between 6 and 14 points, according to recent surveys from various outlets.

“Democrats likely will need something around a double-digit lead to win control,” he said.

“Right now, I’d say the House generic indicates the Democrats would make gains but not win the majority — but of course the election isn’t today.”

Midterm elections for first-term presidents are historically ruinous for the party that controls the White House.

The only President who witnessed gains for his own party during the first mid-term after a presidential election was George W. Bush in 2002, but that was mostly due to national sentiment following the 9/11 terror attacks. Since that time, President Bush and President Obama went on to suffer losses during the mid-term races such as the route in 2006 which handed the House back to Democratic control, and the Tea Party revolt in 2010 which returned the House to the GOP.

Democrats are banking on the GOP tanking itself and not giving voters any reason to come out in 2018 as Washington continues to flail with few meaningful accomplishments. President Trump usually runs down a short list of items, such as his Supreme Court pick, as evidence that he’s delivering on promises. That may be enough for some voters to keep the GOP in charge, but how long will that last?

The bad news for Democrats, is that it’s only August of 2016, and the Mid-term elections are still 15 months away. Republicans could circle back from a defeat on health care and come up with a tax reform plan that spurs economic growth and gives GOP voters reason to vote heavy in 2018 to continue pushing the Trump agenda.

On the other hand, the bad news for Republicans is that 15 months is not a long time when it comes to Congressional schedules and electoral cycles. Congress is basically gone for the month of August, and then we get into a host of breaks and recesses for the holiday months of November, December, and January.

What if things stay as they area, in stasis, with little to no movement in either direction. Democrats oppose Trump, Trump accomplishes nothing, and things basically go on as they have been for years now. The American people are supposed to “break the tie” to get things working, but it sometimes seems that voters find the gridlock acceptable.

In 2016, voters delivered the House, Senate, and White House to Republicans. If the party can’t get much accomplished, then what reason do voters have to keep things as they stand?

13 COMMENTS

  1. You are right that 16 months is a long time. Remember that Bush41 was almost universally admired after the “Gulf War” over Kuwait, but lost the election the very next year.

    One thing to remember is that people hate both parties, but usually like their own senator or representative. And there is a great desire for Congress to straighten up, so if Republicans can show that they’re willing to listen to Democrats, they can show that they have reached out and tried to solve the gridlock.

    Considering that the GOP controls all three branches of government–presidency, both houses, and the supreme court–they can afford to throw a bone to the opposition. It’s what the Democrats should have done after 2008; instead, their bullying tactics largely led to their defeat in 2010.

    • Exactly. Well stated.

      Im my opinion the GOP establishment (Ryan, etc) will never accept Trump as the Republican President until he’s elected again. They probably won’t even then.

      Trump’s base remains strong.

  2. McCain created Trump. Never forget that. Him swooping in at the last second to kinda sorta oppose genocide in a meaningless senate vote perfectly encapsulates McCain’s entire career. He’s just an attention seeker who is too much of a coward to publically stand for his actual opinions and voting records. I’d rather vote for McCain’s blood clot than for McCain.

      • Not watching random youtube links. If you can’t present your argument using your own words, you never had an argument to begin with. Do better.

        Disregarding your silly strawman, my position is more accurately stated as “if you vote in a way that will cause the deaths of large groups of people, you support genocide.”

        • There is no “arguing” with you because you are an over the top caricature of a leftist groupie. You’re more useful for entertainment value.

          That video is so you.

          “Voting for deaths of large groups of people”

          You’re funny and impossible to take seriously.

            • Where were all the deaths before the Affordable Care Act? Were 5 or 10 million people dying every year until President Obama passed a health care law? No, it’s nonsense.

              You’re incorrectly equating health CARE with health INSURANCE, they are not the same thing. You don’t need health insurance to receive health care.

              Furthermore, once you make something optional again, some people will decide they don’t want it. Right now it’s the law that everyone must buy a health insurance plan. If that law changes, some people will opt not to buy it and will simply use other means to access health care.

              Nobody will die if the law changes which is why nobody takes your “argument” seriously.

      • – I think we should drop bombs on people.

        – Why do you want to kill people?

        – Oh, so everyone who disagrees with you automatically wants to kill people?

        – Um. You just said you wanted to kill people.

        – No. I said I wanted to drop bombs on people.

        – That will kill people.

        – FAKE NEWS TRUMP WON GET OVER IT SNOWFLAKE

  3. I’m just as fed up with republicans as I am democrats. The only reason I’ll be voting republican during the midterms is to watch the liberals cry again. Their hissy fits make it worth it. That truly was the best part of Donald Trump winning.

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