Leaderless Republicans

October 30, 2014

Did you ever wonder why the Republican Party is not perched to claim victory in 70-80% of the Congressional races next week?

The American people have finally started to realize that the Democrats – led by their community disorganizer – have led our nation over the cliff. If the Republicans can’t wipe out the Democrats this year, when can they?

Our borders are not only porous, but thanks to incomprehensible policies of the Democratic administration, admitting a stream of infected and invidious invaders that threaten our economy, health and national security.

After six years in office, the only economic news the Democrats celebrate is that many of our fellow Americans have given up on trying to get a job, and are thus not counted in the ranks of the unemployed.

Our foreign relations are in shambles. It is difficult to find a populated continent where the Democratic leadership has not either imperiled innocents, rewarded tyrants or diminished America’s reputation for greatness. We are a laughing stock from Cape Town to Cairo, from Moscow to Mogadishu, from Paris to Pyongyang.

Racial tensions in America have not receded with the election of the first African American president; they have become exacerbated. Our education system continues its slide in the abyss of mediocrity, with America now ranking with Venezuela and Uruguay in achievement – two among the many nations that most American students can’t point to on a map, or spell correctly.

In short, not much is going well in the United States. Even the Democratic candidates flee from the possibility of appearing alongside the author of much of this misery, the head of their party, President Obama. Some of the Democratic senatorial candidates can’t bring themselves to admit they even voted for the guy!

On top of all these disastrous metrics, the normal inclination of American voters to punish the incumbent White House political party in the off year election of the second presidential term should spell stygian doom for the Democrats in 2014.

The Republicans lost control of the U.S. Senate in the second off year election of President Reagan’s presidency. They also lost control of the House of Representatives in the second off year election of President Bush’s administration. The Republicans took a brutal beating in 1974, which was the second off year election after Nixon was elected. Of course, the Watergate scandal didn’t help, but the pattern fits.

The Democrats have not had many two term presidents in recent times. Bill Clinton is the only Democrat in over 40 years to have a second term, and the entire second Clinton term was fraught with scandal, impeachment and retreat.

So, for Republicans, this year should be one of those wipe-out elections, like 1994 and 2010. Scores of new Republicans should be swept into office, cuing up news stories about the death of liberalism and the party that foists it on the American Republic. Yet, though things may change in the next week, so far the Republican wave has not yet emerged.

Part of the problem is that it’s hard to claim a wave if a party is winning back states that are traditionally in their column. A score of Senate seats controlled by Democrats are at play in states where the Republican presidential candidate in 2012, Mitt Romney, won by double digits. Republicans winning those states will be comforting, but hardly the indicia of a sweep.

So, what’s the problem? The problem is that most voters claim they are as fed up with the Republicans as they are with the Democrats. But why should that be the case? The Republican espouse policy positions far more aligned with voters than the Democrats, and, again, Americans are getting angrier by the minute with the utterly absurd liberal policies that have wrecked almost everything Americans used to be proud about.

The problem isn’t the Republican agenda. The problem is the Republican leadership.

It is a sad commentary that our nation has the attention span of a gnat. It is tragic that Americans are far more engaged with their sports teams than they are with those making the laws that govern their lives.

It is depressing that a leftist media is able to hoodwink most of our fellow citizens into returning to office liberals who bear primary responsibility for the decline of our nation and the demise of our civilization.

It is dreadful that slickness, coolness, glibness and powerful use of the social media weapon are more likely to guarantee a candidate’s election than intelligence, sound policies and statesmanlike bearing.

But, regardless of how sad, tragic, depressing and dreadful these things are, this is the reality of life in modern America.

At a time when news reaches everyone instantly and clarity and succinctness are vital for political success, Republicans are saddled with ponderous windbags for leaders.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell should be able to dispatch his lightweight Kentucky opponent with prejudice next Tuesday, winning yet another term in the Senate. But, is his the visage Republicans need leading their party in that august body? Can the average American of 2014 relate to Mitch McConnell?

Does Senator McConnell strike you as a cutting edge innovator, ready to lead American into the future? Not at all.

The main thing that commends the stuffy Senator is that he’s not the muddler running the House of Representatives. Plucked from the cast of Mad Men, John Boehner looks more at home sipping martinis, taking a drag from a cigarette and chasing his secretary around the desk.

The latest in a long line of bizarre public pronouncements and actions by our ersatz Speaker of the House is his mendacious claim that, were George Bush still president, Vladimir Putin would never have attempted to move against Crimea, let alone Ukraine. Our sapient Speaker averred that, had our frat boy president been around, he would have punched Vlad the Impaler in the nose in “about 10 seconds.”

Just to be clear, I believe George W. Bush on his worst day was infinitely better for our nation that Barack Obama on his best day, but are we really so quick to forget what the Bush years brought us? Those were not our finest hours.

Boehner’s clumsy observation sums up why the Republicans have problems. George Bush not only didn’t punch Vladimir Putin in the nose when Russia invaded the sovereign nation of Georgia on Bush’s watch, he didn’t do a dang thing. Further, Bush’s naiveté was on full display when he asserted that he looked Putin in the eye and found him to be “straightforward and trustworthy.”

Why is Boehner bringing up the man who Democrats strive to inject into any political discussion they can? Because he has the political sense of a house fly. The only thing worse is the group-think that empowers such a knucklehead.

I hope the Republicans ride a wave to massive victory next week. But, if they don’t, they really don’t have to look much beyond their own choices of leaders. When they can’t chose people who can inspire our nation to greatness, how can they ask us to hand them the unbridled power that comes with a super majority?