The repeal of the ACA flatlined. The replacement plan for the ACA flatlined. Mitch McConnell, thereafter, promises a repeal vote with no replacement. That proposal flatlined. Why did the Republicans fail?
Every pundit is trying to figure it out…
The House of Representatives is set to propose a budget with massive cuts, and complete tax overhaul. It is expected that the proposal may not get out of committee. Why will the Republicans fail proposing massive tax reform and massive budget cuts?
Every pundit is trying to figure it out…
There really is not much to figure out.
Republicans chose to undertake a repeal and replace plan without engaging Democrats in the Senate. They chose to stand alone. In the house, the choice appears to be the same. Republicans will do what they can on their own without Democratic support. If this course of action continues, the Republicans will fail.
There are several reasons for these failures. Moreover, we can expect there to be future failures. Here is why-
First, Donald Trump. Donald Trump loves to talk about the art of the deal. However, what Donald Trump is becoming good at is the art of the failure.
Donald Trump does not have an ability to work both houses of Congress, to appease moderates, liberals, and conservatives-and we are talking about the moderates, liberals, and conservatives in the Republican Party. Trump cannot build bridges creating a path to consensus. His art of the deal does not work with Congress.
Trump does not have the ability to bridge the gap, work compromises, and force his own party to work with more conservative Democrats to get the votes they need to accomplish goals. Therefore, there is no leadership in the White House that can create coalitions to pass legislation. The result of Trump’s shortcomings is deadlock and legislative failure.
Second, the Republican Party is fractured. The Republicans have a right wing conservative segment of their party. They march to a beat of a different drummer, and are not following the leadership. Neither the Speaker of the House nor the Senate Majority Leader can control these conservatives. Donald Trump has no control over these conservatives. They are extreme, and unwilling to compromise. They are creating an obstruction that Republicans cannot get around. That obstruction is causing Republicans to fail.
Third, the Republican Party has a moderate section to it. These moderates are elected from more moderate states and cannot agree to the extreme viewpoints espoused by the right wing. This is a significant fracture which creates an obstruction that Republicans cannot get around. That obstruction is causing Republicans to fail.
Fourth, the Republican Party is not willing to build coalitions with Democrats. They are not willing to reach across the aisle to come up with compromise plans to obtain the votes they need to move forward with important overall legislation helping the American public.
If, Republicans, can reach across the aisle would find that they would have to move more to the center and Democrats would find that they would have to move more to the center, doing what Congress is designed to do to deliberate, debate, and compromise. If the Republicans stopped the partisanship (and the Democrats too) and debated the issues then finding common ground there would be much more success in moving the country forward on key issues. However, there may be things that fall by the wayside such as repealing the ACA without a comprehensive fix, or building a wall.
Republicans are strangled by partisanship within their own party. It is conservatives versus moderates, it is moderates versus conservatives, they cannot agree.
Without significant change by working and making an effort to reach across party lines, the Republicans are doomed to failure. The current condition of Washington shows us how important it is to have a strong Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader who are able to compromise and do the art of the deal. Unfortunately for America, that is happening.
What is happening is gridlock and the worst gridlock is in the GOP majorities in both Houses of Congress.