Don’t tell me what to do

4 Jun

Republican_Factions-sizedThe Washington Post had an interesting article on how the Republican Party has broken into factions.

It says it’s so bad – nothing can get done.

We think it’s a good article because we agree with it.

We’re easy to please and here’s our take:

It was New Year’s Day and a lot of angry Republicans were crammed in a small room in the Capitol basement.

Democrats had out maneuvered them and they found themselves pushed into a corner.

Just about every American would be hit with a massive tax increase unless the House agreed to block the hikes for everyone but the wealthy.

The Republican leadership was split.

Speaker John Boehner was saying he’d vote yes and his top two lieutenants were saying they’d vote no.

Hours later, Democrats helped Boehner pass the measure over the opposition of more than 60 percent of GOP House members.

That vote, to avert the “fiscal cliff,” was a breaking point for House Republicans.

It had now disintegrated into squabbling factions, no longer able to agree on some of the most basic government functions.

Ever since, Boehner has had little success in pulling his party back together.

He was able to hold a retreat in January and get everybody to agree to dodge a government shutdown, badger the Senate into passing its first budget in four years and open investigations of the Obama White House.

But that was about it.

The House has not approved anything else important this year.

Instead, the Republicans seem stuck on trying to re-brand itself into something, although no one can agree as to what.

The most important policy issues facing our nation – immigration overhaul and raising the federal debt limit – are the victims of no coherent strategy.

The majority remains adrift with some Republican leaders voting for President Obama’s policies, making them out of step with everyone else.

What’s looming will test House Speaker Boehner’s power and may cost him his job.

On a recent afternoon, House Republicans drifted into the same Capitol basement room where they fought on New Year’s Day.

Nearly 40 waited to offer ideas for what the GOP should try to get later this year in return for agreeing to raise the debt ceiling.

Some wanted more energy exploration, some entitlement reform and one pushed to attach antiabortion measures to the legislative package.

Gone are the days when the House Speaker decides what the conference is going to do.

The Republicans are leaderless and there’s no one to pull them together as a block to push the GOP agenda.

The Democrats are not much better, but they do circle the wagons when their plans are threatened.

It’s an interesting summer ahead.

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