The collapse of the Senate Republicans’ health care effort is a total nightmare on all fronts. For Democrats, it only emboldens them to dole out more health scare tactics and remain firm against any attempt at Obamacare repeal. Instead, they’re beckoning Republicans to work with them to fix a law that they campaigned on repealing for almost a decade. The GOP is just going to drop that pledge to help Democrats fix Obamacare? There’s no way to do that without a full-blown conservative revolt. What happened this week is more than just a hiccup for the GOP, it’s a reason for conservatives to never vote Republican again. Can you blame them? You have devoted countless hours of neighborhood canvassing, phone banks, and even donations to fund a well-oiled machine aimed at smashing Obamacare, only to have some compromised shoddy repeal bill that won’t actually kick start the process for the law’s deconstruction for two years. Oh, and that effort seems to be dead too.
Failing to repeal Obamacare will have a ripple effect for the GOP in future elections; the base won’t get animated if the people they elect settle for stuff like this. For the Tea Party stalwarts, like Americans for Prosperity, enthusiasm for the issues of economic freedom will wane since there’s no one on the Hill who seems to want to take a stand for it. We need to get something done on this.
The Resurgent’s Erick Erickson had a suggestion to get the Trump agenda back on track: Dump McConnell.
McConnell, again and again, stacks the deck against conservatives, setting them up to be the fall guy for his own failures.
The President’s various nominees are on the slow walk through McConnell’s Senate, where the filibuster no longer applies.
Obamacare repeal is just about dead, even though it cannot be filibustered either.
Tax reform is dead on arrival.
The entirety of the GOP agenda is stuck in the Senate where Mitch McConnell seems intent to let it all die on the vine while blaming conservatives.