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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Republican chaos could help Obama

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McDonell: Leader of Senators or a class of children ? (AP)

The great wall of GOP resistance, the Berlin wall of modern Washington politics, is already crumbling and threatening to the GOP takeover of the House and the gains in the Senate into just the sort of chaos that led to the Republican downfalls after the 1994 midterm elections.

Besides multiple losses to President Barack Obama in the lame-duck session, the Republican Party’s fractured leadership in both the House and Senate is already disintegrating under pressure from extreme demands of freshmen members and growing dissension within the ranks.

Newcomers unfamiliar with the way Washington works have already become problems for incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“It’s amateur hour for the GOP,” one longtime Republican analyst tells Capitol Hill Blue. “These newcomers come to town thinking they are going to run things from get-go.  It just does not work that way.”

Even GOP veterans say both McConnell and Boehner seem incapable of dealing with the influx of newcomers, many of them card-carrying tea party members who believe they will change things overnight.

McConnell, veterans say, gave in too quickly on the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the Russian START agreement while supporters say he kept the GOP demands in the tax bill and will show more leadership as time foes on.

The White House, in the meantime, is savoring its victories during the lame-duck sessions and believe the GOP discord will deepen and help their cause when the new Congress convenes.

“The Republicans have handful of people who don’t have the slightest idea what they are doing and the test will be on whether or not they learn,” says the GOP operative. “The odds right now say they won’t and Obama will pick up steam when the new year begins.”

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