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June 19, 2024

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“Those who refuse to learn from History are destined to repeat it,” – George Santayana.

Expecting a ‘red wave’ on November 8th was a part of the Republican playbook. If they talked it up enough, it would happen. It didn’t. The Republicans barely squeaked through, losing the opportunity for a majority in the Senate and barely taking the House. The halls of Congress did not resound with a roar of victory. The ‘red wave’ was barely a trickle. 

Republican leadership just failed the rank and file and failed the American people. It should have been clear that the Biden agenda had not been working for Americans. Inflation is out of control, and the price of essential goods is increasing every day. National reserves of diesel fuel are running out – just before winter. If you have a job, your salary buys less today. Our children are being sacrificed on the altar of wokeness. And there is no hope in sight for relief from any of it.  

It should have been a no-brainer. Simple. America is suffering, and we need to begin to fix it. But in ‘woke’ states around the country – New York, Michigan, California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington, Democrats were elected and re-elected by lemming-like voters, willing to follow their leaders over the cliff for no reason more than the ”D” after their name. Learning from history, it seems, is not what Americans are very good at. 

The Republicans are not much better, it seems. Senator Mitch McConnell, Senate GOP leader who has been in the Senate since 1985 and has been Republican leader since 2015, was a big part of the problem.

In the race for a Senate seat in Alaska, McConnell threw his weight behind Democrat-leaning Lisa Murkowski, who was running a tight race against Republican Kelly Tshibaka. She still had a very small lead on November 16th, although the final vote count won’t be available until Nov. 23rd. Murkowski, who has run as a Republican, committed to voting for Democrat Mary Peltola instead of the Republican candidate, and was supported by McConnell, whose Senate Leadership Fund gave Murkowski at least $9 million to support her run against Tshibaka. Tshibaka, on the other hand, was endorsed by the Alaska Republican Party. The party, which had already censured Murkowski more than a year ago, voted to also censure Mitch McConnell for using his fund against Tshibaka to fund a flood of campaign attack ads against her. The vote to censure McConnell passed by 49-8. 

The vote was accompanied by a statement that read, “The Alaska Republican Party State Central Committee condemns the divisive and misleading statements from the Senate Leadership Fund [i.e., Mitch McConnell] and the inappropriate use of millions of dollars from the Senate Leadership Fund to oppose our endorsed candidate, Kelly Tshibaka.”

In the approach to the 2022 midterms, McConnell probably hoped for a minority in the Senate over which he would have control rather than a majority that would have significantly more freedom but over which he would have far less control. He was apparently fine with a candidate who consistently voted with the Democrat party.  There is no doubt that McConnell’s interference made a huge difference. His betrayal should never have resulted in his re-election by cowardly Republican senators. But it did. 

On November 16th, barely a week after the midterms, US Senate Republicans re-elected Mitch McConnell as Senate GOP leader. He easily beat out Senator Rick Scott, with a vote count of 37-10-1 in a secret ballot. The senators who voted for him did not do themselves or their country any favors. They gave into McConnell’s power politics to a leader whose overriding interest is to maintain his own political power and access to wealth.

Using this political power to coax and threaten Republican senators to toe the line and keep him in office, Republican senators missed the opportunity to bring positive change to a stagnant senate minority that needs all the help it can get to become a cohesive voice for the conservative Americans who elected them, and to overcome McConnell’s tyrannical rule and weak political agenda.  

The GOP leadership group promises that they are ready to step into their roles and get started, but their weak showing right out of the gate does not bode well for the Senate doing anything to take on the Biden administration or Democrat Chuck Schumer’s highly suspect leadership whose goals are similar to McConnell’s own. With McConnell leading the Senate Republicans, it is far from clear that anything much will change. Over the last eight years, his leadership has given little hope that his agenda has anything to do with what America wants and needs. 

The Senate Republicans have learned little from history. Whatever hold McConnell has over them individually, it shouldn’t be enough to convince them to turn from their commitment to their constituents or to uphold their vows to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and that includes the home-grown enemies of democracy who walk the Halls of Congress and set their agendas to elevate their power and wealth at the expense of the country they a sworn to “support and defend.”

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Brendan Ryan
Brendan Ryan
1 year ago

I was greatly distressed by the result. Not surprised, but distressed. Same old same old. Republicans are just like democrats. I have no hope anything will change. In addition, I see RINO McCarthy has no interest in taking action to impeach biden. 2 years from now, we’ll still be in distress. God help us.

Doreen Trees
Doreen Trees
Reply to  Brendan Ryan
1 year ago

Correction, Democrats ARE NOT just like the GOP, otherwise, we would not have had the present election results. Can you please step into the 21st century? There will be no impeachment, no Hunter Biden investigation, just more attempts for tax breaks for the super-wealthy and distractions with no substance. The GOP has no platform, no new ideas. Sadly the party of FLAT thinkers. Are you one?

Tross
Tross
Reply to  Brendan Ryan
1 year ago

7% approval rating and he’s the GOP leader?? Pathetic!

stinkyyman
stinkyyman
1 year ago

GOP message to you —> GFY!
Signed Turtle-Mitch

Last edited 1 year ago by stinkyyman
Doreen Hutchins
Doreen Hutchins
1 year ago

I have known for some time that McConnell was corrupt, power hungry, and lazy. He appears to be best friends with Schummer and is responsible for passing the marxis-socialist-green agenda. He employed NO legal tactic to slow down the spending spree that led to the current financial crises.

But I was truly shocked by just how in-your-face and blatant his disrespect is for the GOP. He had shown no respect the democratic process of electing the people’s representatives since Trump was in office. But his animus against Tshibaka is unpardonable. First, he pushed the “ranked choice” voting system which favors Democrats and Murkowski. Second, funding RINO Murkowski against the endorsed Republican candidate is a new low. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because he has funded liberal candidates to run against conservatives since Trump was in office.

McConnell supports the CCP, Wall Street, and all corporations that fund his greed. Nothing will change in the Senate al long as he is Speaker.

Doreen Trees
Doreen Trees
Reply to  Doreen Hutchins
1 year ago

The GOP is becoming extinct, there’s no self-respect left for this crazy party now. This election has made this loud and clear. Old ways of thinking and governing are cancerous, and this group of filthy rich, dark-money Federalist Society boys club members has largely made this country far less than what it could be for all people. The Reagan errors wrongs are being flushed out! We continually forget that immigrants helped to build, shape, and fought in our military, to contribute to the creation of our democracy. Furthermore, I firmly believe that the philanderer, Trump, will not be president, but he does need the money, so therefore he’ll continue the charade. I say, Lock the bum up! Couldn’t we both agree on this? We need unification, not separatism and distractions. We need leaders who can think and plan for the welfare of the people’s quality of life and opportunity. Progress is the way of the future, and the future is here. Welcome to the 21st century.

Ryan
Ryan
1 year ago

We are so f’n stupid that we deserve all the pain.

Doreen Trees
Doreen Trees
Reply to  Ryan
1 year ago

Well put!

Sunshine
Sunshine
1 year ago

Actually it’s McConnell and about 30 Republican RINO Senators.

Ejay
Ejay
1 year ago

there is simply ZERO reason to support the republican party any longer. for far too long, conservative voters have had no choice but to hold the nose and vote for “the lesser of two evils” but it has becoe self evident that voting for the establishment GOP politicians is actually voting for the greater of two evils; the right wing of the UniParty is far more corrupt than the left wing. These bastards are actually TRAITORS, supporting the TRAITOR Mitch-the-commie-McConnell whose family takes millions from the communist party of china.
I’m done. I’ll never vote for another establishment GOP liar again.

Doreen Trees
Doreen Trees
1 year ago

The future of America is progressive, get on board or sit down and be quiet. The majority of American’s (who are not Israeli) are very tired of this Group of Psycho’s (GOP). Intelligence, conspiracy and suspicion usually do not translate into smart or wise. Old ways die hard, this is what we are finally seeing and learning. VOTE PROGRESSIVE!

Daniel
Daniel
1 year ago

Of course he is, that’s why they voted for him anyway. Just another reason I quit the GOP after the last election was stolen. At least this time they didn’t get ANY of my money. They can do what they want and further sell out America. This country is FINISHED.

Tross
Tross
1 year ago

This party is as worthless as teats on a boar! Before, they existed only because they were the alternative party. Now they have managed to EFF that up! Good Riddance Rino Eunuchs, you are dead to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sputnik
Sputnik
1 year ago

Just another ancient fossil who thinks the world can’t exist without him.

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