It's taken eight years, but the Grand Old Party finally has everything they've ever campaigned for: the House, the Senate, the Oval Office, and unparalleled control over the United States government.
However, despite being poised to shape the nation in their image, Republicans seem to be a political party built to campaign, not to govern. In fact, they're doing so abysmally it's no stretch to imagine they simply do not know how to govern.
According to Rep. Steve Womack (R-Arizona), that is exactly the case.
“It’s almost like we’re serving in the minority right now. We just simply don’t know how to govern," he admitted to The Washington Post in response to the backlash his party is receiving for a joke of a health care bill and an out-of-touch budget that they've yet to pass.
The GOP worked hard to be an obstacle to former President Barack Obama throughout his presidency. He was a foe the party managed to unite against, a single target they could obsess over, scapegoat, and use as campaign fodder.
However, with Obama long gone from office, the GOP has fractured into conservative versus far-right and begun to duke it out among themselves. While congressional Democrats have mounted their own resistance against President Donald Trump's administration and the GOP agenda, the truth is that there is little they could do if congressional Republicans united once again. Thankfully, it appears the GOP may just eat itself.
Shareblue writer Oliver Willis points out that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan had to seek out the help of House Democrats to pass a bi-partisan spending bill after disagreements within the Republican party caused their budget to flop. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to postpone the vote for Trumpcare part two because the legislation was too Draconian even for some lawmakers in his own party and wildly unpopular with their constituents. Polls show that large swaths of the American public — red states included — are less than impressed with the policies put forth by the GOP.
It's nearly July, and the GOP has a long line of promises they've barely touched and the few they have remain simmering in a divided Congress. True, the Republican Party potentially has three and a half more years ahead of them, and lot could happen between now and 2020. Yet, if there's one thing the GOP has proven they excel at, it's wasting time and taxpayers' money. As long as they're doing that, Americans can exist in uneasy limbo with Obama-era policies hanging on by a vote. It's about as comfortable as anyone can hope to be these days.
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