Rick Saccone’s loss, and any future Republican House losses, should be firmly blamed on the current GOP Congress and its unwillingness to change the status quo on Capitol Hill. There is precious little that differentiates a Republican in Congress from a Democrat in Congress. One party spends like drunken sailors; refuses to support the President’s border wall; will not, under any circumstances, codify the President’s Executive Orders and rule-making into law; and supports endless taxpayer-funding of abortion, sanctuary cities, and insurance company bailouts. The other party is led by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.
Whereas President Trump unapologetically fights on behalf of his base, the GOP Leadership’s instinct in every major inflection point, in every policy battle, is to give Democrats, “everything they want,” as Speaker Ryan proclaimed the GOP was doing during the budget negotiations this past winter. Whereas Trump relentlessly communicates his positions directly to the American people using the (free) social media tools at his disposal, the GOP Congressional campaign arms waste millions of dollars in ineffective, unpersuasive advertising that fails to mask Congress’s own lackluster performance.
Congressional Republicans are wasting away this once-in-a-lifetime governing opportunity, failing to fulfill years of campaign promises with their dithering. Most Republicans foolishly expect to remain in power because their name isn’t ‘Nancy,’ but newsflash: we’re not in 2012 anymore and voters want results, not rhetoric. Meanwhile, Democrats are on fire and on offense, ready to pounce on the next GOP cave. Republican losses will continue to pile up so long as Republicans in Congress keep failing.