When conservatives hope the Republican leadership does nothing, and Democrats hope the Republican Speaker goes big, that’s an excellent indicator that the Republican Party no longer represents its base. No wonder conservatives rally behind anti-establishment figures ranging from Donald Trump to Carly Fiorina; Texas Senator Ted Cruz draws heavy grassroots support for slicing Planned Parenthood funding out of the latest continuing resolution, even if it means Obama vetoing the CR, thus shutting down the government. Conservatives didn’t elect Republicans to build a power base. They elected them to enact conservative policy preferences, no matter the cost.
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