The Upward ‘McFailures’ of the Republican Party

The Upward 'McFailures' of the Republican Party
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For most people, if you screw up on the job, there are consequences. You get written up, hauled into an office for “counseling,” or if it is bad enough, you get shown the door. But not in Washington D.C., and not in the Republican Party.

Of course, it’s something that happens all over Washington, why else would people be embedded there for years on end? But for these purposes, it is the Republican Party that is rewarding bad behavior.

On Tuesday, Republicans “officially” won control of the House of Representatives. And with that, they began to choose their leadership. These are the same people who just finished running for office again on the notion that there needs to be leadership change in Washington.

See if you can pick out the “change.”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was chosen by his GOP colleagues tp be the next Speaker of the House. (The full House will have to vote in January, but that’s besides the point.)

He doesn’t even have the gavel in hand yet and he’s already squishy. 

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Incompetent? Get A Promotion

It was Democrats who decided to weaponize impeachment and use it against former President Donald Trump for a phone call made to Ukranian President Zelensky.

With far more egregious events the fault of Joe Biden’s negligence or incompetence, Republicans are ready to move.

Not McCarthy. In an October interview with Punchbowl News, he stated, “I think the country doesn’t like impeachment used for political purposes at all. If anyone ever rises to that occasion, you have to, but I think the country wants to heal and … start to see the system that actually works.”

McCarthy was also asked if he thought Joe Biden or anyone in his administration might hit the bar of impeachment. His answer, “I don’t see it before me right now.” This is the guy with a picture of Ronald Reagan in his office. 

The new House Majority Whip will be Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN). If there is anyone who should be looked at hard as to why Republicans did not pick up more seats in the midterm election, it should be Tom Emmer.

Emmer is the former head of the National Republican Congressional Committee – the Republican Party’s campaign arm for the House. If there was going to be a “red wave,” Emmer was the guy whose job it was to deliver such a wave.

Instead, Emmer delivered a red puddle. But there are no worries for Emmer. In fact, he was promoted to Majority Whip in the GOP.

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Still More Failing Up

There is no more better argument for both change in leadership and failing up than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Senate candidates he doomed to failure in this midterm election amounts to nothing short of criminal negligence.

Mitch McConnell does not like candidates that are endorsed by Donald Trump, and he does not like candidates who, more than likely, would not vote for him to be the Senate Leader. What he likes is his own power.

The Senate Leadership Fund, the McConnell-affiliated PAC, pulled millions of dollars from GOP Senate candidates Blake Masters in Arizona, and Don Bolduc in New Hampsire, both winnable races.

Instead, they put money into reliable McConnell backer Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s reelection campaign. 

The problem is, in Alaska, the top two candidates are both Republicans. Instead of beating Democrats, the GOP spent money to beat… a Republican.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel will also more than likely stay on, if the rumors of her support are true.

McDaniel recently told CNN that Republicans would “reach across the aisle” to work with Democrats. She told CNN’s Dana Bash, “If we win back the House and the Senate, it’s the American people saying to Joe Biden, ‘We want you to work on behalf of us and we want you to work across the aisle and solve the problems that we are dealing with.”‘

So we have the same people in leadership. The results of the midterm election are proof that they are unable to get the job done, and they are rewarded for it by keeping their leadership positions.

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