Sunday, January 10, 2021

Republicans Have Nobody To Blame But Themselves

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Aside from Florida, where can you find bold GOP governance?
Perhaps if Republicans would govern differently from Democrats rather than acting like Democrats, they'd inspire people to vote for something new and exciting. Until then, they have nobody to blame but themselves for failing to motivate their base to vote for them.
Aside from Florida, where can you find bold GOP governance? And not surprisingly, that is the state where Republicans overperformed in November. Georgia, on the other hand, is a state where Republicans have strong majorities in both chambers of the legislature and control every statewide office, but they couldn't even pass an anti-gang bill or any voter integrity laws.
Self-inflicted wounds by the aimless GOP
What comes around goes around. Now they have failed to inspire voters, plus they have enabled a juggernaut machine of mail-in ballots that has come back to bite them, making it impossible for them to ever win statewide. After what happened in November, for the GOP to not use its full power to end mail-in ballots is equivalent to a victim of burglary hanging up a sign inviting more burglars rather than getting a steel door and an alarm system.
GOP officials and pundits are blaming the conservative base and Trump voters for not turning out in sufficient numbers for the two GOP Senate candidates. We can debate the prudence of the decision of these voters to sit out the election, but that would miss the salient point. The very fact that a portion of voters are not inspired to turn out for Republicans given how radical the Democrats are is a testament to how milquetoast and downright perfidious the Republican Party has been when it is in power at the state and national levels. Toss into the equation the fact that most GOP leaders failed to do anything about voter fraud, and Republicans have nobody to blame but themselves for the defection.
We have all absorbed a year of the worst lockdown and suspension of liberties in American history. It has touched the lives of voters across the ideological spectrum, particularly lower-income voters who rely more on in-person work and schooling, yet Republicans barely spoke about the lockdown, much less used their power to chart a new course. They make veiled references to the shutdown, but agree to the premise of the leftist strategy on the virus. They failed to use any federal legislation to force adherence to the Constitution.
Republicans speak vaguely about the danger of the "defund the police" movement, but they fail to offer a bold contrast with a victims' bill of rights and legislative proposals to lock up the criminals. Instead, they have joined the jailbreak bandwagon. When you look at the core policy outcomes, despite the sharp divergence in rhetoric, you can barely tell the difference between the parties. This is reflected in the fact that every major budget bill of the past four years was passed with nearly universal Democrat support. If you are a swing voter in a state like Georgia with Republicans as the incumbent party at the federal and state levels, what have you been offered by the GOP, and why wouldn't you blame them for the inimical effects of the status quo?
Read the rest from Daniel Horowitz HERE

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