Congressmen Waver While Trump And Pelosi Refuse To Compromise On Shutdown

It’s Day 21 of the government shutdown and there is no end in sight. As of today, the shutdown is tied with the 1995-96 shutdown as the longest in history. The leadership of both parties is resolute. Both President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have dug in and refused to compromise from their respective positions. Not everyone is happy among the party rank and file, however.

In the most recent House votes on compromise bills to reopen the government, 12 Republicans joined with House Democrats in voting to fully fund the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HR 267). Previously, 10 Republicans had voted to fund parts of the government. In Thursday’s vote, they were joined by Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), the most recent chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL). Stivers and Davis did not join the 10 other Republicans in a separate vote to reopen the Department of Agriculture (HR 265).

The number of disaffected Republicans is growing. On Wednesday’s votes, Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) joined with another eight Republicans who had earlier voted to fund the government. The eight who have consistently voted in favor of funding are Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX), Greg Walden (R-OR), Fred Upton (R-MI), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), John Katko (R-NY) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). Greg Walden was the chairman of the RCCC from 2014 through 2016.

Although both bills passed the House, they will die in the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to take any action on a bill that Trump would not sign. President Trump has refused to waver on his demand for $5 billion for his wall project, about one-fifth of the estimated total that would be required, and Democrats have offered only $1.3 billion for border security funding that excludes the wall. Pelosi joked with reporters that she would only appropriate one dollar for the wall, adding, “We’re not doing a wall. Does anybody have any doubt about that?”

Despite Pelosi’s show of resolve, some Democrats are wavering as well. Politico reported on Wednesday that some freshman House Democrats were “freaking out” about the shutdown and the party’s strategy. A senior Democratic aide blamed some of the anxiety on the fact that some new congressmen didn’t have their offices and emails set up and were not receiving communications from Speaker Pelosi.

Nevertheless, some are feeling the heat from constituents. “If I am getting comments and contact from my constituents expressing concern that the Democrats are not prioritizing security, then I think we can do better,” said Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.).

Even if some Democrats have misgivings, so far, they have not had the opportunity to break ranks with their party. The only funding bills active are the partial funding bills passed by the House that reopen individual departments of the federal government. The dynamics of the shutdown are that funding bills originate in the Democrat-controlled House. Since McConnell is quashing votes in the Senate, that means that Republicans have more chances to cross the aisle than Democrats.

If McConnell decides to allow the House funding bills to be considered in the Senate, it is highly likely that they would pass easily. The bigger question is whether the Senate would have enough votes to override a probable veto from the president.

As the shutdown stretches on, the effects are starting to pile up like trash in the unstaffed national parks. Federal workers are missing a payday today. That has rippling effects throughout the country as local federal employees may be unable to pay their bills and about $2.2 billion in consumer spending is withheld from the economy. Even the Coast Guard and air traffic controllers are affected. Some services, such as the ability to obtain passports from the State Department are already closed and, if the shutdown stretches on others, such as tax refunds, may be delayed.

The shutdown will continue until one side blinks. So far, neither President Trump nor Speaker Pelosi has given any indication of budging from their positions. The compromise to end the shutdown will have to come from members of Congress who feel the pressure from their constituents. Pelosi’s San Francisco seat is safe, but many other congressmen and senators represent swing districts and states. They will be ready to make a deal and, because Republicans are more vulnerable after the last midterms, the odds are that it will not include a wall.

At this point, Mitch McConnell is the key. If McConnell stays strong and protects the president then the shutdown could last indefinitely. However, polling already shows that voters blame Trump for the shutdown and oppose both the shutdown tactic and the wall. If and when McConnell determines that Trump’s shutdown is endangering the Republican majority in the Senate, he could easily allow a vote and put Trump in the position of having to veto funding without a wall or backing down.

Son of a Mitch! McConnell Voted Least Popular Senator in Poll

The votes are in, the ballots counted, and now it’s official.  The GOP’s very own Mitch McConnell—up until now, known primarily for his razor sharp political instincts and his rakish wit—is America’s least popular senator:

According to Morning Consult’s latest Senator Approval Rankings – compiled from a poll of 255,120 registered voters in 50 states from July 1 to Sept. 30 – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is yet again America’s least popular senator.

In Kentucky, one-third of voters approve of McConnell’s job performance, while 55 percent of voters said they disapprove — more than any other senator.

McConnell’s net approval, the difference in his approval and disapproval percentages, dropped 15 percentage points, the third-largest drop in the Senate, from the second quarter, according to the survey. The slide came as he failed to advance Obamacare repeal — a key pillar of the GOP’s political agenda since the law’s enactment in 2010.

This ranking, by the way, puts McConnell well behind Democrat Bob Menendez, who registered only 41% disapproval from his constituents—and he’s on trial for corruption.  Granted, Menendez is from New Jersey so they grade on a curve over there, but come on!  A guy who’s about to spend the next three to five years playing Shawshank with a hairy cellmate named Dutch is outpolling the distinguished gentleman from Kentucky?  For the second time?  Right about now, Harry Reid must be kicking himself for retiring.

Still, it’s not all bad news.  Congress is held in somewhat low esteem by most of the American people—at around 13% approval, their popularity hovers somewhere between OJ Simpson and Harvey Weinstein—so it’s not like McConnell is alone in his public disdain.  On the other hand, to be the most reviled in that particular rogues gallery is quite the achievement.  It’s kind of like being voted the Uday Hussein of the Senate:  “You thought the other guys are bad, but look at me!”  If not for all the Chamber of Commerce and insurance company lobbyists on Capitol Hill, McConnell might start to feel unloved.

Might I suggest some couples therapy, before Republican voters get tired of waiting for McConnell to break it off with the establishment and keep his campaign vows?  Actually advancing a conservative agenda would be a good show of faith.  Right now, tax reform is out there like a big bouquet of flowers and a yuge box of chocolates, just waiting to charm the pants off your base.  They won’t play hard to get if you’re ready to show them some real commitment.

Otherwise, they’ll just keep asking, “What have you done for me lately?”  And they’re not going to like the answer.

Luther Strange Campaigns Against McConnell Despite Being Backed By McConnell

All eyes are on the Alabama Senate runoff election on Tuesday as President Trump campaigns on behalf of Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) on Friday evening. Strange is currently running behind Judge Roy Moore by a substantial margin and has now reached the point of desperation by attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Even though he’s backed by McConnell.

Here are some tweets regarding Strange distancing himself from McConnell:

Even Trump is in on this absurd propaganda:

Of course, the idea that Strange is going to stand up to Mitch McConnell is laughably absurd. As Dale’s link to The Washington Examiner pointed out, the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), which is a pro-McConnell PAC, has poured $9 million into the Alabama Senate race on behalf of Strange. In the Senate, Strange has proven himself to be a “rubber stamp” for McConnell and will continue to be one if he win the runoff election.

Conservative Review‘s Chris Pandolfo pointed out that Strange championing himself as a fighter against McConnell shows how politically toxic McConnell has become:

Hopefully Alabamans won’t fall for it. Conservatives have a real chance to cause to strike fear into the hearts of Mitch McConnell and the establishment squishes in D.C. by electing Roy Moore to the Senate.

For Dreamers – DACA is a Pipe Dream

Much has been written about President Trump revoking the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Order put into action by the Obama administration.

An equal amount, or more, has been written about the meeting in the Oval Office with Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. After conflicting reports of what was agreed upon during the conversation, and after a few days have past, it appears the President agreed to only continue conversations.

A careful study of the stakeholders involved seems to show any sort of DACA-Dreamers success to be remote at best. There appear to be simply too many obstacles for compromise to take place.

Left alone, President Trump, and both the Democrat and Republican leadership could probably come to a deal. While there are differences those are manageable.

Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Schumer would like to see immediate amnesty for the Dreamers, but would settle for a path to citizenship. They are content to leave out the vast majority of illegal aliens in this DACA bill. They are happy to throw money at “border security” as long as specific funding for the border wall isn’t included.

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Paul Ryan would ideally like an overall more comprehensive immigration bill, but will settle for Dreamers. They can’t agree to immediate amnesty, but are more than willing to work on language about a path to permanent status if not citizenship. Given the fact they don’t want to fund the border wall either, they are more than happy to fund increased undefined “border security” and call that a victory.

The President first and foremost wants this off his desk, with something that can be considered a win. He’s seems fairly flexible, but is quite cognizant that his base will be watching this very closely. If Sen. McConnell and Rep. Ryan give him cover on a bill, and if that bill doesn’t have immediate amnesty, he’ll undoubtably sign it. He has already indicated border wall funding doesn’t have to be in the bill.

But…there are three other stakeholders in this quagmire, and it is those three who will ultimately doom passage.

Progressive socialist Democrats do not want Democratic Party leadership negotiating with the President at all. From their perspective, “no” isn’t good enough, “hell no” might not be either. (Townhall)

Despite reports indicating President Trump’s positions on amnesty and DACA are shifting to the left, many in the progressive movement recoil that any discussions are occurring at all. Campaign Director Justin Krebs at the far-left group maintains that “nothing Trump has done should change the fact that he’s pursuing a toxic agenda” and that “Democratic leaders should not forget that.” Murshed Zaheed, of CREDO  Action, went further claiming that the California and New York representatives were often “out of touch with the zeitgeist of the progressive movement.” Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia cautioned Democrats dealing with Trump. “Let’s not fool ourselves, he is this person we know, and I just think there must be both political and moral limitations with how far we’re willing to cooperate with that.”

But, that’s not their only reason, and it is this reason around which their 2018 campaign theme revolves. (Townhall)

Progressives are furious at  Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. In the far left’s minds, the two are “normalizing” President Trump as they continue to negotiate immigration with the Republican president.

Think about that for a moment, having learned nothing from Hillary Clinton, the entire Democratic campaign theme is “We’re not him!!”. Which is why they can’t abide leadership allowing the Oval Office to claim victory for any deal, no matter how weak the claim.

The California liberal combined with the various hispanic organizations and hispanic Democrats are adamant that they will not sit still for any half-measures. They don’t want a stand-alone DACA bill at all. Rather, they are insistent having a place at the table, with their demands being given priority.  (Politico)

Democratic leaders are facing fresh trouble with their left flank after cutting their latest deal with President Donald Trump to protect Dreamers. Hispanic lawmakers were blindsided by the Wednesday night announcement from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that they’d support legislation to help the nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants in exchange for an unspecified boost in border security. And immigration activists were frustrated to see Democrats claim victory only days after calling for a stand-alone vote on a path to citizenship for Dreamers. The concerns are particularly acute in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, where some members worry Democratic leaders — despite getting Trump to drop demands for a border wall in the talks — have already given away too much in the nascent negotiations and say their members are being shut out of key talks.

What do they want? First of all a clean bill without border security (Politico)

“This is bulls**t,” said Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas). “If what we’re going to do is address DACA, we ought to do that on its own and we ought to address border security on its own.” Some members want to draw up a list of 10 or so border security provisions the caucus won’t accept as part of any bipartisan deal.

For these open border devotees, only a guaranteed path to citizenship will suffice. (Politico)

Immigration groups want to see more than just a fix for the nearly 700,000 individuals affected by DACA; they want a path to citizenship for more than 1 million that would be provided under the DREAM Act.

Some of these activist are so energized, they disrupted an event last night where Rep. Nancy Pelosi was speaking (Wash Post)

Protesters angrily confronted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday — and she tried in vain to quiet them — about her emerging agreement with President Trump to provide legal protections to young undocumented immigrants. The protesters demanded “a clean bill” — meaning that the Dream Act would get an up-or-down vote on its own without any language regarding border security attached. They “demanded” that Pelosi show a commitment to protecting “all 11 million” undocumented immigrants believed to be in the country. “We are not a bargaining chip!” the protesters chanted, according to local reporters. “All of us or none of us,”

These enraged protestors have evidently turned on Democratic leadership, and consider them to be part of the problem (Wash Post)

“We demand accountability. Democrats are not the resistance of Trump. We are!” they shouted.

Then there are the conservative border security hawks who consider President Trump’s campaign promise to build a border wall and to stridently enforce illegal immigration to be sacrosanct. (Townhall)

For President Trump’s part, his own base is just as angry. Many are claiming the president is betraying his promises. Many Trump voters are worried that border wall, the cornerstone of his campaign, will not happen. “The base will leave him. They can’t support him anymore,” said Rep. Steven King if a wall is not completed.

In particular Rep. Steve King and Ann Coulter was loudly vocal about their displeasure with President Trump negotiating with the Democrats. (Townhall)

“The base will leave him. They can’t support him anymore. I am talking about my constituents in Iowa that will say you need to be behind trump. I am. I support his entire agenda. I support the agenda Trump had when he went into office and I support almost every piece of the agenda, except the amnesty piece being dangled, and that’s so destructive to a first world country,” Rep. Steve King, an early supporter of Trump on the campaign trail, said during an interview with CNN Thursday morning. “If you do not have the rule of law or respect for that law, the people writing the immigration laws are the people breaking them. We had a protest here, DREAMers coming up demanding we give them amnesty. What right do law breakers have to make demands from the citizens of the United States of America. If anything, they should be pleading for it and not demanding.” “This was a straight up promise throughout his campaign,” King continued. “It looks to me like he’s preparing to keep Hillary Clinton’s campaign promise rather than his own.”

Ann Coulter was even more harsh with her condemnation, tweeting: (Townhall)

“At this point who DOESN”T want Trump impeached?”, and “If we’re not getting a wall, I’d prefer President Pence.”

These border security hawks will be very upset if a DACA deal includes any path to citizenship. They consider that de facto amnesty. They also do not want legislation without funding for a border wall. These conservatives have been burned far too often by “future funding” promises by the Democrats, and are going to insist on border funding first. Also, any discussion about “chain migration” is not on the table. Lastly, they will not ever allow those to morph into a general amnesty bill. That would be a craven Rubio-esque betrayal in their mind.

So, there you have it. The problem for those who would be willing to compromise in order to make a deal happen is they do not have the numbers to get the deal done. Conservatives in the House would revolt if Paul Ryan brought up a general amnesty deal, or agreed to DACA legislation without border security and wall funding.

Likewise on the left, there are far too many liberals who don’t want to see any deal with the White House, who along with the open borders advocates make up a sizable voting bloc opposing Schumer and Pelosi.

It’s hard to see how DACA moves forward, whether its this year, or first quarter 2018. There are too many players with disparate views, and while there might be other obstacles, these alone appear to make Dreamer legislation a pipe dream.


Vote for Judge Roy Moore in Alabama

I meant to put this up sooner than now, but I have been near perpetually side tracked in the past few weeks. When I read in Politico that Mitch McConnell is lamenting Steve Bannon spending funds against incumbent Republicans it reminded me I need to do so.

It is really rich for McConnell to be complaining about someone spending money against Republicans in primaries when he is the chief culprit of doing so. McConnell turned the NRSC into an incumbent protection racket and even notoriously pushed the NRSC into support Charlie Crist against Marco Rubio and David Dewhurst against Ted Cruz. He also, after Arlen Specter became a Democrat, wanted the GOP to hold its fire against Specter. McConnell even help rally Democrats to keep Thad Cochran in the Senate against Chris McDaniel, who had the support of the base in Mississippi.

The brilliance of the Citizens United case is not that it lets big money into politics, but that it gives the grassroots a fighting chance to raise money against the establishment. There are plenty of Republican incumbents who need to be defeated and their votes to prop up Obamacare are proof. But McConnell would rather spare them because he never really wanted to repeal Obamacare since it would undermine Kentucky’s own Obamacare expansion.

Roy Moore is a great disrupter. In Alabama, McConnell has poured Republican dollars down a black hole to try to get the corrupt Luther Strange elected. Strange was appointed by the former Governor of Alabama after convincing the Alabama legislature not to impeach that governor. The deal looks increasingly crooked and several legislators have stepped forward to say Strange was himself on the verge of being impeached.

Moore would vote against Mitch McConnell and will be a reliable vote for conservatives, not for the establishment. We need Moore in the Senate and we need Strange out of the Senate. If you live in Alabama, I highly encourage you to vote for Roy Moore.

GOP Leadership Must Go

The majority party in both the Senate and House of Representatives is a hot mess. Both sides of Congress are fractured by competing factions, and as a result have only one singular notable achievement this year. Admittedly, the Justice Gorsuch vote was a victory, but it was months ago, and its sell-by date has long passed.

There are many who want to place the primary blame for this stunning failure on the President, mentioning his ill-advised tweets, his inexperience, his lack of involvement in legislation, and his polls numbers. Then there are some who do believe Congress has leadership issues, but can’t resist casting some blame on the President and the White House in general.

To be sure, any intellectually honest person will admit some of the President’s tweets have had the capacity to confuse, irritate, embarrass, and yes anger. The White House hasn’t handled every legislative interaction competently either. It has been evident they are learning on the job, just as every new White House has had to do. The President has also unwisely picked fights at times, and has demeaned potential allies. Attracting with honey doesn’t seem to be an option, however vinegar seems to be in abundant supply.

In a well functioning government where one party has control of the Executive Branch as well as Congress, in theory legislation shouldn’t be a heavy lift. The President as leader of the party, sets the agenda for what he wants to see accomplished. He is responsible for selling that agenda to the American pubic as well. Congress’s responsibility is to take that agenda and turn it into cogent passable legislation.

For a myriad of reasons, this isn’t happening, Congress can’t seem to get anything done at all. Rather they appear to relish crisis reactive mode, content to avoid difficult votes at all cost.

By now, it is apparent GOP leadership doesn’t respect the President, don’t want him in the Oval Office, and resent his “drain the swamp” populist movement. As a result, they have vacillated, obfuscated and obstructed in every way possible. It is even possible, these GOP leaders would be perfectly happy being the 2020 majority party with a Democrat in the White House. Some still wish Hillary had won.

GOP leadership in the Senate and House aren’t true conservatives. They tend to be globalist, federal statist, open borders, and social moderates, wedded inexorably to big business. They don’t seem to be capable of bringing strong conservative legislation to the floor, and absolutely are incompetent when it comes to whipping votes.

As proof, for seven years the Republican Party in virtually every district has been screaming Obamacare Repeal. For seven years, the Republican Party has piously promised that repeal. Indeed, the House passed numerous repeal bills when Obama was in office, but now we know that was solely because they could rest easy knowing he would veto them.

The GOP campaign promise was; if elected into both the White House and majority, they would not only repeal Obamacare, but also pass strong immigration and border control legislation , and bring about trade and tax reform as well. They are 0-4 currently.

Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and their lieutenants do not care about these issues, nor do they want these types of tough votes forced upon them. You can’t come to any other conclusion once you realize John McCain R-AZ still has his chairmanships, or see Susan Collins in plum committee appointments. On the Obamacare Skinny Repeal vote, Majority Leader McConnell allowed outright betrayal of three members of his party with no repercussions whatsoever. The only conclusion you can come to, is his dedication to Obamacare repeal was tepid at best. He didn’t seem to care one way or the other.

Paul Ryan was very vociferous opposing Obama’s 2012 DACA bill, loudly proclaiming it to be unconstitutional. However; once President Trump occupied the Oval Office, he publicly asked the President to continue the unconstitutional activity on a month by month basis indefinitely while Congress contemplated passing a DACA bill. His reasoning? Foreign influx of workers helps to keep American wages depressed.

These facts appear to be painfully obvious by now:

  1. GOP leadership doesn’t have a conservative small government-states rights vision. Rather, akin to the Democrats, they have a federal government-statist belief, simply believing their policies are better than those of the Democrats.
  2. GOP leadership are not committed deficit hawks. National debt over $20 trillion doesn’t bother them in the least. Continued borrowing is of no bother to them whatsoever.
  3. GOP leadership don’t have a nationalist populist view. By and large they are globalist, and as a result millions upon millions of American dollars are spent overseas instead of on decrepit urban schools, national infrastructure, southern border control or tax relief.
  4. GOP leadership is not committed to the conservative social agenda. If they were, those Republicans who continue to advocate for Planned Parenthood funding would have been silenced long ago. They are content with a liberal Trans policy as long as they don’t have to take a vote on it. They have no commitment to religious freedom, and have never taken a tough vote protecting religious institutions.
  5. GOP leadership are either squish on border control or are 100% Open Borders advocates. If they weren’t, the border would have been secured by now, E-Verify would have been implemented, and big business wouldn’t have free reign to employ illegal aliens. They are 100% aligned with Wall Street and business owners, and have consistently lied about border control and immigration during each and every one of their campaigns.
  6. GOP leadership plainly do not want the swamp drained. They like status quo in our nation’s capital. They do not want Rex Tillerson to reform the State Department. If they did, they wouldn’t oppose his reforms, and insist he spend all of his budget when he maintains he doesn’t need it. It is a safe bet Betsy DeVos makes them squirm daily, and DHS/ICE has probably become an anathema and embarrassment to them. There isn’t enough space to mention the EPA, Energy, or HUD.
  7. GOP leadership is amenable to NeoCon nation-building and war as long as they get a piece of it. If this weren’t so, they would have cut funding to Afghanistan long ago. Instead, President Trump inherited a global mess with potential conflict in far too many places.
  8. GOP leadership is not unhappy with the UN. They’ve paid the UN outrageous amounts year in and year out and have allowed them to embarrass us at every turn. Likewise, they were cowards with Obama and the Iran deal. They squawked loudly but in the end, did zilch.
  9. GOP leadership has no problems with the MSM. They are quite content to go on MSNBC and CNN and gripe about the President or conservatives, but for the most part avoid Fox like the plague. They ache to receive the blessings and laudatory applause given to liberals by the MSM and seem unwilling to perform any difficult act if it would result in angering liberal media.

What the GOP leadership is committed to, is being re-elected. That and bringing in bucket loads of campaign cash. Toward that end, they resist any vote which will potentially endanger their standing in DC.

These squish Republican leaders have no risk of losing their offices. Their longevity inoculates them against defeat. Defeating them via the primary election route is a losing proposition.

The only answer is to put the onus on the average conservative House and Senate member. These members are not always so secure, and might be more than happy to see new leadership if they knew the Republican voting public stood ready to support them. Our focus and support should be with those who could bring about leadership change, and those who would support such change.

Rather than demanding campaign promises which will surely be broken, the Republican voter might be wise to find candidates with the spine to bring about change in Congress. That appears to be the only answer to this hot incompetent mess.

President Trump can endeavor to drain the swamp in DC, but it is on us to drain the People’s House.

This is Not How You Drain the Swamp, Mr. President

President Trump is engaged in a mild war of words with Mitch McConnell on Twitter. McConnell thinks the President has expectations way too high, but as the President rightly points out, the GOP has promised to repeal Obamacare for seven years. McConnell was just lying. Do we really think he wants to repeal Obamacare? His state expanded Obamacare a few years ago. He has a political interest in ensuring it stays.

Meanwhile, the President is endorsing Luther Strange for the Senate in Alabama. This is not how one drains the swamp. Lest anyone forget, Strange got his appointment to the Senate after convincing the Alabama state legislature not to impeach Governor Bentley. Only after getting into the Senate did the legislature proceed.

On top of that, several Alabama politicians and others have come forward with credible allegations that Strange was in on his own corrupt practices and one person claims Strange was actually in on a bribery conversation, though there is no allegation Strange took a bribe himself.

Strange is a pillar of the establishment status quo and will not rock Mitch McConnell’s boat. In fact, Strange is one of McConnell’s oar hands in the boat. The President, supporting a man like Strange, is not supporting a conservative and is not supporting a man who is truly pledged to advance the President’s agenda. The President is just solidifying Mitch McConnell’s power base. Both of Strange’s opponents are on record opposing McConnell’s continued leadership of the Senate.

This is not how the President drains the swamp and I have to question who on earth is giving him this political advice. Instead of fighting the status quo, the President is propping it up.

Mitch McConnell’s Mediocre Expectations

If the 115th Congress of these here United States had a mascot, it would have to be shrugging emoji guy.  I mean, with the GOP firmly in control of both houses and a Republican in the White House to boot, how else can you explain their curious lack of progress on anything that resembles a conservative agenda?  Besides, the consultants are probably getting tired of coming up with new excuses for the same old failures anyway.  Perhaps it’s time to give them all a rest and try some honesty for a change.

Can’t strip funding for Planned Parenthood out of the federal budget?


Obamacare repeal falls flat on its face even though you’ve been campaigning on it for seven whole years?


How about funding for the border wall?


Um…tax reform?


Okey-dokey, then.

Until such time as that happens, though, it’s a good thing we have Mitch McConnell around to keep us from getting too excited.  Just the other day, the esteemed Senate majority leader and all-around congressional cabana boy was gave a speech to some Rotarians in his home state of Kentucky during which he offered yet another reason for the GOP’s seeming electoral dysfunction:

“Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before,” said McConnell according to CNN affiliate WCPO which covered the event. “I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process.”

McConnell made the case that the Congress is working as it should and that voters should allow the process to play itself out before passing judgment.

“Part of the reason I think people think we’re under-performing is because of too many artificial deadlines unrelated to the reality of the legislature which may have not been understood.”

Yeah, I too remember the heat of the campaign season, when Republicans everywhere were promising to take a wrecking ball to the Obama agenda.  “Just vote for us,” they pleaded, whipping those voters into a frenzy, “and we’ll get everything fixed!  Just as soon as we can get around to it.”

Inspiring, Mitch.  Really inspiring.

But is that really the message you want to send?  I know you’ve been out of the private sector for a while, but out here in the real world you get judged by your results–and so far, you really don’t have much to show.  What’s worse, you don’t seem that ruffled about it, either.  That’s what makes a lot of us feel like you’re just dragging your feet, and not really all that interested in a conservative agenda.

Because when 2018 rolls around, and you’re wondering why GOP voters aren’t showing up, we just might be tempted to respond the way you taught us.