After taking over control of both chambers, Congressional Republicans were downright giddy about their ability to finally “get things done.” Repealing “Obamacare,” overturning a recent executive order granting amnesty to nearly five million immigrants, and passing a conservative budget all seemed within their grasp.
The problem they are facing is that Democrats still exist, and they have no qualms about using tried-and-true GOP “just say no” tactics against the majority party, a fact that they demonstrated in a recent attempt to pass a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The bill would have stripped funding and legal protections for the amnesty program recently enacted by the Obama administration.
Senate Republicans seem downright confused about why their anti-Obama, anti-Democratic agenda is simply not moving anywhere. But perhaps they should take a look at how their party operated over the last several years in the minority to get a clue. When your party prides itself on refusing to compromise, it is difficult to get upset when the tables turn and cooperation from the other side is not forthcoming.
Congress has reduced itself over the last decade to an elementary school playground, utilizing name calling and a “but I don’t WANT to” approach at every opportunity. Working across the aisle has become a long forgotten relic because those with a moderate approach are getting voted out. Currently, the GOP is dealing with an extremely conservative faction within its own ranks that is blocking every attempt Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader McConnell may actually make to work with the other side.
Moral of the story: if you act like a child throwing a temper tantrum for four years straight, don’t expect to get your way just because you happened to win once.[New York Times]