Pay attention to the West Virginia *Democratic* Primary, too.
The Democratic primary in West Virginia will likely give us some interesting data on how badly coal is going to hurt Hillary Clinton.Read More »
Notice the order?
You win power by showing what you will do if you get power. The current Republican leadership is blowing the job interview and doesn’t realize it.
So how does minority leadership go about showing the voters the better future they’ll get by voting for Republicans?
By demonstrating the policies they stand for by insisting on votes on amendments they offer.
Current GOP leadership is acting as if, because they’re in the minority, they have little or no power.
I don’t think they’re right..
Insisting on and then losing votes isn’t a lost cause. It can be a brochure to the future. This refusal to stand against Democratic bullying was a lost opportunity.
Right now, every budget or debt ceiling deadline is a super-hyped emergency Democrats and their allies in the press use to browbeat Republicans,
And so Republicans are constantly on the defensive. Always looking weak. Increasingly afraid the voting public is going to blame them for every standoff or failure to “do something.”
They’re not going to get power until they demonstrate why they should be trusted with it.
That’s what minority parties with ambition and brains do.
The last time Republicans had a clear majority in Congress—plus the presidency—government didn’t get smaller. Or freer.
Frankly? I don’t want current GOP leaders to be in the majority. Because they don’t know how to use power in behalf of The People.Cross-posted from Thinking Out Loud