Ben Shapiro: “This week, an evil human being murdered nearly 60 Americans and wounded more than 500 others in Las Vegas. … But there was heroism, too. … It took hundreds of heroes to save hundreds of people; it took one evil man to wound and kill that many. On the one hand, it is impossible not to lament the extent of evil: A man attacking those who harmed him in no way, possibly gleefully murdering people attending a concert, makes us wonder at the rot that can infect the human heart. But on the other hand, in each incident of horror we must remember how much the good outweighed the evil. Were there hundreds of people like Stephen Paddock, thousands would have died; were there only one person attempting to stop the impact of Paddock’s evil, thousands would have died. All of which means that as we mourn the victims in Las Vegas, we must also celebrate the heroes. We should see the incident as proof of just how much light infuses America from its citizens — how many normal people run to help each other when evil strikes, when darkness threatens to divide us. So long as that light continues to unite us, America will emerge ready, as always, to fight that darkness.” ~The Patriot Post
While some prominent conservative pundits and commentators would like to put the dire situation facing the Republican Party squarely at the feet of President Donald Trump or Washington, DC dysfunction, they would be better served by directing their ire at McConnell and Ryan. The senator from Kentucky and the congressman from Wisconsin have failed bitterly in their critical legislative roles and their inability to work together to pass even one piece of significant legislation over the last 256 days is political malpractice.
There is no doubt that McConnell and Ryan have tried to steer their respective delegations but it’s obvious to even the casual observer of American politics that they don’t have the prerequisite skill sets to lead the Republican phalanx going forward. Both have shown an inability to adapt and change to the new dynamics of legislating in the 21st century, primarily because they have served in Congress for so many years, (McConnell since 1985 and Ryan since 1999) and both are fully ensconced members of the GOP establishment.
McConnell’s and Ryan’s lackluster leadership styles have also exacerbated the tension that currently permeates the Republican Party.
Roy Moore’s triumph in Alabama’s Republican primary runoff last week and Trump’s win last November are two major examples of significant body blows to the Republican establishment, which the Senate majority leader and speaker of the House personify.
Moore’s surprising margin of victory was especially noteworthy since his campaign was able to overcome an opponent who received millions of dollars from a political action committee known for its strong relationship with McConnell.
It’s no secret that the GOP is performing well at the local and state levels but it is barely functioning on Capitol Hill and much of the blame needs to be directed at the current leadership.
McConnell and Ryan are the proverbial dogs who caught the car and didn’t know what to do when they caught it. Their vociferous opposition to liar-nObamaCare for the last seven years was a mantra for the Republican Party, yet neither could deliver the votes when put in a position to make something to happen. So, what will the repercussions be going forward?
It’s now only one year before the 2018 congressional elections and it’s a political fact of life that milestone legislation is not usually passed in the months prior to voters going to the ballot box. Which is why the last nine months have been so frustrating for so many Republicans.
Many feel betrayed and it has become clear that the current path being blazed by McConnell and Ryan is no longer tenable.
Yet McConnell and Ryan will remain in their posts for the foreseeable future and the Republican brand will continue to suffer in the process. Establishment candidates backed by the dysfunctional duo will face primary challengers and millions of dollars will be spent during these contests, which will resemble circular firing squads and enhance the Democrats’ chances of taking one, if not both, houses of Congress.
The Republican Party is on the precipice of suffering some serious long-term damage if it continues to follow its current path, and if something isn’t done soon to mitigate the circumstances, it could be a very rocky 2018 election season. ~The Patriot Post