Jay Cost wrote a piece in the Weekly Standard that gives an explanation for the Republicans’ cowardice on bucking Obama and the DemProgs’ agenda.
Tom Cotton’s letter to the Iranian regime has spurred furious blowback from liberals. They want the president to cut a deal with Iran, and Cotton’s letter gets in the way; thus, they’ve engaged in a specious fight over inter-branch protocol. Never mind that the president is looking to sign an agreement with an enemy without the advice and consent of the Senate. And never mind that Democrats have made similar overtures to foreign governments before.
……Which is why this item from Friday’s Politico was so striking:
“One-third of Republican insiders believe that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and his GOP colleagues — including several potential presidential candidates — crossed the line when they published an open letter to Iranian leaders warning about a possible nuclear deal….
“The GOP letter — while sound in substance — caused the debate to shift from the administration’s wrongheadedness to the GOP’s tactics,” said a New Hampshire Republican, who — like all 92 respondents this week — completed the survey anonymously in order to speak candidly. “That’s not helpful.”
It manifestly did not “cross the line,” as Steve Hayes’s editorial in this week’s WEEKLY STANDARD makes clear. What it did was rock the boat, which is something that a wide swath of Republican “insiders” never want to do.
This has been a persistent pattern. Conservatives come forward with bold proposals to reform the way government works — or at least stop some egregious abuse — and GOP insiders warn of dire consequences. We’ve seen that on the farm bill, on the Export-Import Bank, on the Paul Ryan budget plan, on executive amnesty, and now on Iran. Don’t make waves, they warn, lest we risk the majority!
But what is the point of a majority, if not to reform the government? That is the conservative attitude, at any rate, but there is a different view that, unfortunately, has wide purchase in quarters of the Republican party. It is the belief that the majority is a good thing because it means Republicans get to decide how the government pie gets sliced up. Upsetting the apple cart threatens the chairmanship of the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee of Appropriations, which simply cannot be risked under this view. Otherwise, Democrats will get to decide how all that tasty government cheese is allocated!
……This is still a common occurrence in the Republican party. When conservatives try to reform government in ways that upend the established order, they end up getting undermined by . . . Republicans.
What can we possibly do about this? Three things.
First, we have to stop focusing so relentlessly on the personalities of politicians…
To that end, the second thing we need to do is reform Congress. Today, the institution is premised on a conflict of interest — members of both parties trade public policy to the private groups that subsidize their campaigns and provide for their post-political careers. This lends itself inevitably to the don’t-rock-the-boat mentality, particularly when it has to do with corporate welfare like the Ex-Im Bank, corporate tax loopholes, or the farm bill.
Third, we have to reform the GOP nomination process, not just for the presidency but also the Congress. That’s the other end of the conflict of interest: politicians trade public policy because they believe (correctly) it will get them reelected. If we change the way those elections take place, we can change their incentives.
……the only way to improve the Republican party, to make it truly a vehicle for a conservative reform agenda, is to change the rules by which it operates. Otherwise, our efforts to fix the government will be met with fire from our “friends,” straight into our backs.
In January, I wrote an open letter to the new Republican majority in Congress entitled: “You need an overhaul”. I spoke about the need to rid our country of Obama’s lawless and unconstitutional agenda, his destructive domestic and kowtowing foreign policies, as well as bringing him and his cabinet full of thugs to justice. And I also wrote this:
Get back to the roots of GOP principles:
There’s a reason why groups like the Tea Party were created and gained influence and momentum. You have abandoned the principles in the United States Constitution of limited government and fiscal restraint. We are now saddled with a $18 trillion debt and you’re allowing Obama to add more by raising the debt limit. Are you nuts? Every time the government gets a debt limit increase, it’s like giving crack to an addict. It’s a green light to spend this country further into an abyss.
You villify, insult, and denigrate faithful grassroot Republicans and Tea Party Patriots for holding you accountable and demanding that you fulfill the promises you made. We expect that kind of filth from LeftProg Dems; not from you. The majority the seats gained by the GOP in the House in 2010, was due in large part to the Tea Party movement; a fact that escapes your selective memories. We also had considerable influence in the 2014 mid-terms.
Instead of backing Republicans who have strong Tea Party values, you abandoned them and allowed their DemLeft opponents to win elections. Instead of doing what you were elected to do, you cave in to the petty little tyrant in the White House and his tools in the Democratic Party.
We need to purge our ranks of dead weight and boot them them across the aisle. Excommunicate them from the GOP. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Chris Christie (R-NJ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), John McCain (R-AZ), John Kasich (R-OH) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are just some of the slugs who fit that category. We’re fed up with RINOs, illegal alien panderers, and business as usual bureaucrats who fail to back up their avowed commitments, opting instead to make excuses for their failure.
Speaking of dead weight, John Boehner, whom I’m ashamed to admit is from my home state of Ohio, is a shameful pussy. His collusion with Dems has helped increase the debt by $3,8 trillion in 3 years. He should not be Speaker of the House.
That’s it in a nutshell. The Republican party has collapsed into mush; they’re so afraid of ‘offending’ someone and taking the steps necessary to get this country back, it’s pathetic. They’re out of touch with the grassroots. They’ve forgotten the reason why we elected them to a majority; we want them to stop B. Hussein and his socialist Frankenstein dead in their fucking tracks. We want a return to the principles outlined by the founders. We the People are more than just the opening words in the U.S. Constitution, it’s a reminder that they are sworn to serve the citizenry, not the other way around. They’re tasked with the providing the nation’s security and maintaining individual and civil liberties. Instead, they sit on the sidelines, or in some cases, jump into the political sack with toxic DemProgs who have a visceral hatred of America and have made it their life’s work to subvert the fabric of the United States and the freedoms of its citizens.
We are angered and embarrassed at the current crop of Republican representatives and the way they surrender to leftwing douchebags and lash out at those who oppose the collusion.
‘Rock the boat’? Hell, it should be capsized.