Saturday, November 1, 2014

Republicans Are Missing Steady Hand On The Tiller

     As everyone knows, the mid-term elections are Tuesday, this is the day that all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs, and a third of the Senate seats. Some Republicans have been over confidently predicting a "wave" election where they keep and possibly add to their majority in the House, and wrestle control of the Senate away from Harry Reid. My question is "Where is the Republicans' Harry Reid?"
     Say what you want about Harry Reid , but he is completely dedicated to his political ideology and is willing to do anything to advance it, even if that means doing nothing. The Harry Reid-lead Senate has been the least productive in modern history, with over 350 bills passed by the House sitting in a closet that he refuses to even bring to the floor for debate. This is one reason I think it is not going to make much difference if the Republicans win a majority in that body next week.
     This is especially true in light of the fact that Republicans have done nothing with their majority in the House. Sure they have passed over 30 bills to repeal ObamaCare, none of which had any chance of going anywhere and were only attempted to placate the base of Republican voters. When it came to actually standing behind an effort that had a better chance of defeating the deleterious effects of ObamaCare, they folded like a poker player with a pair of nothing.
     My prediction is that Americans awaken Wednesday morning to a United States Senate that is still controlled by Harry Reid and the Democrats. And even if the Republicans win enough seats to place them into the majority of that chamber, the Majority Leader will be Mitch McConnell, who on the political spectrum is firmly planted in the middle. Except of course when it comes to criticizing the Tea Party and the conservative base of the Party, then he drifts to the Left on the spectrum. Mr. McConnell's leadership will be a distinction without a difference compared to Harry Reid's tenure as Leader.
     I do not know, maybe I am just all wet from the gloomy, rainy Northeast Ohio day, and maybe the Republicans will win the Senate and they will stop Obama in his tracks with their principled leadership. And maybe President Obama and the rest of the Leftist cabal he has inculcated in every bureaucracy of the federal government will see the light of conservatism and change the course of the country to one of freer markets, less dependence, and a more muscular foreign policy.
     Then again, if Republicans have been unable or unwilling to stand on principle having control of one House of Congress for the last four years, I do not see much hope of the progressives in the Party loosening their grip if and when they win control of the Senate. I hate to be the horse patties in the middle of the street during the Republican parade, but many on the Right are looking to this election as an ends in and of itself, instead of a means to an end that is far down the road. A road that will require a steady hand on the tiller of the Republican Party so that is does not veer from its conservative course. As of this writing, I do not see such a hand.

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