Why Have A GOP?

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

         “THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAY THINK THEY ELECTED A REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT LAST NOVEMBER, BUT IT’S INCREASINGLY HARD TO TELL.” SO BEGINS AN EDITORIAL IN THURSDAY’S WALL STREET JOURNAL.

         WHAT THE WRITER IS REACTING TO IS A DEAL STRUCK BY HOUSE AND SENATE MINORITY LEADERS NANCY PELOSI, CHUCK SCHUMER AND PRESIDENT TRUMP TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING FOR THREE MONTHS IN EXCHANGE FOR $8 BILLION IN HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF.

         TRUMP UNDERCUT REPUBLICAN LEADERS IN BOTH CHAMBERS WHO WERE SEEKING TO MAKE A BETTER DEAL.

         IN WASHINGTON, BIPARTISANSHIP MEANS GIVING INTO DEMOCRAT DEMANDS, EVEN WHEN REPUBLICANS ARE IN POWER. WHEN DEMOCRATS ARE IN THE MAJORITY THEY RARELY ENGAGE IN BIPARTISANSHIP. THAT’S BECAUSE THEY USE POWER WHEN THEY GAIN POWER.  NOT SO REPUBLICANS, WHO COWER WHEN THEY SEE THEIR OWN SHADOW.

         WE’VE KNOWN THIS PRESIDENT DOES NOT HAVE A CORE IDEOLOGY. WE KNOW HE’S NOT REALLY A REPUBLICAN. BUT THEN NEITHER ARE A LOT OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. THEY JUST PLAY ONE DURING CAMPAIGNS AND WHEN THEY WIN, MOSTLY DO WHAT DEMOCRATS WANT. THE EXCEPTION IS THE HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS, BUT THERE AREN’T ENOUGH OF THEM TO ADVANCE A CONSERVATIVE AGENDA, ABSENT STRONG LEADERSHIP.

         DO WE REALLY NEED A REPUBLICAN PARTY – THIS REPUBLICAN PARTY? I’M CAL THOMAS.