GOP majority was hired to do a job; Patience wearing thin
Former President Barack Obama and his followers may be forgiven if they are tempted to break into a rendition of “What Comes Next?” a number sung by King George III to the Americans in Lin Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical “Hamilton.”
“…even despite our estrangement, I’ve got a small query for you:
“What comes next? You’ve been freed. Do you know how hard it is to lead?
“You’re on your own. Awesome. Wow. Do you have a clue what happens now?
“Oceans rise, empires fall. It’s much harder when it’s all your call…”
Of course, in this case, the refrain would be directed at the Republican leadership in Congress, which despite having been given an unprecendented mandate by voters across the country over the past few years has managed to do almost nothing it promised. Republicans have a 46-seat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, a four-seat majority in the Senate, and the White House. Though West Virginia’s massive rejection of generations of Democratic rule over Charleston may have been the most dramatic transfer of power to the GOP at the state level, it was certainly not the only example.
Two years ago it would have been fair to ascribe the inaction to a lack of practice. It had been a while since Republicans had such an opportunity, and there was still opposition from the Oval Office. Not so now. Voters who counted on Republicans to do what they said they would do — repeal and replace Obamacare, fix our broken tax system, get the engines revving on our stalled economy — are beginning to feel betrayed.
One look at Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., as he frantically chomped his fingernails and stared in panic at the floor during a press conference in which the GOP practically conceded defeat on Obamacare, says it all. GOP leadership desperately needs to get its act together.
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., was frank. The most recent attempt to fix Obamacare is “dead as a doornail,” he said last week.
Now, Republican leaders have another opportunity, this one on tax reform. Get it together, ladies and gentlemen. You were sent to Washington by voters to do a job. Patience is wearing thin.