I for one am petrified! My prediction is that we take the Senate and keep the House. Pretty easy. Then what?
Here is my concern. As in the Middle East, we helped to defeat many regimes and get the “bad guys” out of power. We allowed the people to run themselves and look what happened. We left a void of power. A void direction. A void of leadership. And in stepped ISIS after only a few short years.
Well, let’s see… if the votes aren’t stolen, bought, or electronically altered, I see the Republicans taking/keeping both houses. They will undoubtedly act like pent up college kids who run amok after finally moving out of daddy and mommy’s house.
I don’t see any leadership. Unless the Republicans actually have a strategy, and the leadership to carry it out, we lose everything in 2016. Has anyone seen a strategy to this point? Other than knock the president and call the other guys bad, I haven’t seen one. Not that they shouldn’t call them out on bad policy and bad behavior. The president surely has fallen flat on his face and deserves the criticism. And with all the games the Dems have played, they also deserve to be ousted. But there will be a power vacuum without a game plan.
Republicans are fighting from within, he moderates vs. conservatives. Moderates are pushing hard to drop or back off the social issues while conservatives state that we need a strong stance on God, country, guns, marriage, and abortion. Conservatives say that without those things we are no better than “them” (the Dems).
John Boehner has never really pushed back on this Administration with any real foundation or backbone. Many in the Party are upset with his lack of leadership and resolve. But because of the way politics is played in DC, many will still vote for him to remain Speaker of the House because they want their cushy Committee appointments. Trey Goudy is a real contender and should be the one they pass the reins to. He has the leadership ability, backbone, and resolve to make a difference. He calls it as it is, in real time. He doesn’t allow the lies to go unchecked or unchallenged and, sadly, that’s why he probably won’t be the next Speaker. Many of the “Old Guard” would be afraid they would be scrutinized and held accountable and, Heaven forbid, be expected to produce results.
Then we have Mitch McConnell. Many Republican Senators call him a sellout, making last minute deals with the Administration to raise the debt ceiling. He is a man without a political home. Dems are spending well over $50 million to unseat him and Conservative Republicans want him gone as well. So with all that uncertainty and turmoil how can he lead?
As a side note, one other thing that Republicans tend to do is pass the baton on retirement. The “Old Guard” (retiring Republican representatives) love to self-appoint their successor, telling us they know who will serve us best in their place. Aren’t they the guys that got us into this mess with all their political back door garbage? Isn’t appointing their successor just more of the same?
They need to retire quietly into the sunset never to be engaged in politics again. If you stop going to your mechanic because he’s never fixed your car properly, would you take a recommendation from him for a new mechanic? No way! So why would we listen to our exiting “leadership”?
My prediction is as such… We win the Senate. We keep the House. And if we don’t have a real strategy spelled out and implemented with new Republican leadership… look for a sweep by the Democrats in 2016. Say hello to President Hillary