Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memo To GOP: Democrats Didn't Waste Their Majority Playing It Safe

Elections: The recent spate of news stories predicting that Democrats will reclaim the House majority in the 2018 midterm elections could be brushed off as little more than wishful thinking on the part of liberal journalists. But the GOP would be wise to get as much done as they can, before it's too late.
There is no doubt that the Democratic base is highly energized at the moment as President Trump struggles with various controversies. Whether that will continue, or will translate into a takeover of the House, isn't at all certain. In Georgia, neophyte Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is 7 points ahead of his Republican challenger in a special election for a seat that's been occupied by Republicans for decades. But Republican Greg Gianforte won in Montana despite fervent hopes of a Democratic pickup and despite being charged with assaulting a reporter.
Nevertheless, prudence dictates that Republicans stop acting as if they have all the time in the world to enact conservative policies.
When Democrats were in a similar situation 1993 and again in 2009 — in control of both houses of Congress in the first year of a new presidency of the same party — they aggressively and relentlessly pushed their agenda, despite warnings of the political risks involved.
Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.

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