What Republican Party?
It’s a question that’s worth asking. After the mediocre showing during the much-hyped midterms that featured Republican leadership shrugging at its own candidates and Republican politicians passing an omnibus bill that amounted to a Democrat Party Christmas wish list, right-leaning voters are even wondering if they have a political party to support.
This division can be seen best on Twitter, where the GOP seems to be having one hell of a time with their own voting base. After one ridiculous tweet, conservatives ranging from the average American to the well-known influencer dragged the GOP mercilessly.
The tweet from the GOP was short: “Republicans believe in limited government.”
Republicans believe in limited government.
— GOP (@GOP) December 28, 2022
The response was nothing short of brutal, and it was conservatives leading the charge.
“Obviously not,” responded the Hodge Twins. “Who used 9/11 to create the Patriot Act to spy on us? Who just voted to send our tax dollars overseas? Who just voted to give the agencies more of our tax dollars so they can censor us and call us domestic terrorists? Republicans did, and most of y’all are cowards.”
“Tell that to the Republican politicians who voted for the Omnibus,” said DeSantis aide Christina Pushaw.
Other responses were less than polite, but no matter the method of disagreement, the response was well-deserved. The GOP has been called out for its unwillingness to fight for the American people and caving too readily to the Democrats, even by elected members of its own Party.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, for instance, made it clear that Republicans could have held strong against Democrats on the omnibus but they failed to uphold their own principles and added that the claim from the GOP that it’s the party of fiscal responsibility is a lie.
“We have completely and totally abdicated the power of the purse. Republicans are emasculated. They have no power, and they are unwilling to gain that power back,” Paul said.
Likewise, Texas Rep. Chip Roy called out Republicans for failing to adhere to their own principles during the Omnibus vote.
At this time, the Republican Party is under the leadership of people who spend more time self-serving and making sure they maintain their own influence and power than actually doing the work of the people. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s behavior during the midterms alone should disqualify him from consideration.
And this is at the heart of why Republicans and the GOP now find themselves sneering at each other. Republicans have no leadership on the national stage. While Republican governors are doing great work, D.C. elitists either aren’t putting it together that voters really do want conservative values and merciless opposition to the radicalized Democrat Party…or they simply don’t care.
Nothing will change until Republican leadership does.