For a couple of days Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell scored some points and cheered the GOP faithful, but then the president took to just calling the Speaker, and the MSM adjusted its focus to an almost exclusive attention on the Ohio congressman, but the Speaker doesn’t speak much. When he does it is in rather short bursts, and no one is going to compare him with any of the GOP’s “big four” –Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan—when it comes to the ability to deliver a message though he is pretty good when he tries.
But he isn’t trying. He is negotiating. If he walks away the country –and the military—goes over a very steep cliff. If he takes a lousy deal, the country goes into a long period of low growth and high taxes but he might save the Army, Navy, Air Force and marines from a savaging. Not a good situation. He must feel for Pat Shurmur.
But here’s the thing. Shurmur has been generating some –not much, but some—sympathy from the fans who see he is turning his young team into winners, helping to mold Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson, Josh Gordon and a bunch of other young players into winners. They compete. They aren’t an embarrassment to their fans.
What the GOP needs is the evidence of fight, of ideas, of an argument –not bulletins from the bedside of the GOP. When the Speaker emerges with a deal, no matter what it is, the stands will be empty and the critics will be legion unless he begins very soon to show his supporters that he believes what they believe and is fighting for the same things they hold dear.
A franchise is a terrible thing to waste, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Believe me, I know.