Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center and Chairman of ForAmerica, a conservative grassroots non-profit with over nine million members, recently wrote;
The Grand Old Party is about to commit suicide.
Bozell’s assessment, written as an exclusive piece for Breitbart, stems from Republican inaction on key promises that have spurred the party faithful in the years since Obama was first elected. He cites all of the overreach of the Obama administration and recalls the Republican response to it.
The GOP harrumphed that this would not stand, by God! If only… if only America would vote them into the majority.
Which, of course, they did, but to no avail. Bozell continues:
Just one year later, the Republicans captured the House, and with that, the power of the purse. They now had the authority to stop the insane spending on so many obnoxious and wholly unnecessary ventures. They could end Obamacare simply by not funding it.
Instead, under the “leadership” of John Boehner, it did absolutely nothing. Why, if only we had the Senate! Then we could take on the President!
Republicans took over the Senate in 2014. But as Bozell notes, it didn’t stop Republicans from funding Obamacare and ignoring immigration.
But that’s because we can’t do what we promised until we have the Presidency! The excuse was as predictable as summer heat in the Sahara.
In 2016, they were given that too.
They were given everything.
They have essentially done nothing with full control of the government. Seven years of promises to repeal Obamacare: A compete failure. The Trump agenda remains completely stalled, with Republicans are leading the most unproductive Congress in well over a century.
Bozell anticipates that this will produce disastrous consequences at the ballot box:
Come the Congressional elections next year, and the presidential election in 2020, the Grand Old Party will once again bellow its hallowed promises. But this time it won’t work. This time there will be no straw men to blame. This time their voters will know those hallowed promises are not even hollow promises. They are lies.
These voters are tasting betrayal. They will not vote to swallow more vomit.
If we were Brent Bozell, however, we wouldn’t be too sure about that.
While his conclusion seems logical, and that voters might indeed punish Republicans. And yet there’s not a lot of evidence to support it. Republicans have won every special election since Trump’s election.
The Democratic Party continues to flounder in getting an electoral foothold. Trump’s approval ratings are at historic lows, yes. But so are those of Congress in general. And so is the approval rating of the Democratic Party.
Bozell’s idea that righteously indignant Republicans will have their revenge ignores the reality that, right now, they have nowhere else to go.
Instead of seeking out principled alternatives, Republicans are far more likely to keep going back to the same empty well.
The tribalism of Republican loyalty has proven to be much stronger than principle, and there may be no limit to amount of betrayal they’re willing to tolerate.
(Photo of President Donald Trump speaking at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)