Saturday, May 13, 2017

GOP Felt Indivisible!

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) felt indivisible.

The Republican Party's outlook for 2018 is still good. I predict the Republicans will retain control of the House and Senate. All that could change if we can encourage Americans to vote. Many Americans are discouraged to vote.

The Republicans count on low turnout from normally Democratic voters. That's why Republican governors are signing off laws to suppress voter turnout.

Donald J. Trump is looking like he can survive a second term. Even though its early in the first term, the conditions are good for him to win reelection.

Trump is more polarizing than Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

He is deeply unpopular and yet Trump can win reelection by the electoral college. The healthcare debate, the promises broken and of course the recent firing of James Comey from the FBI has made Trump a toxic figure.

These Republican special district elections in Montana and Georgia could be a precursor to the potential uprooting of the Republican majority.

Republicans are extremely nervous about the election. They know that unhappy constituents could make it difficult for them to win reelection.

Republican House members were met with fierce criticism over their support for the American Health Care Act (aka Trumpcare).

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and most recently Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) faced brutal town hall gatherings.

Out of the 217 members who voted for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, 20 members held town halls. Of the 238 members of the Republican House about 36 of them are in districts that could swing. It's hard to determine how Congress is going to handle business. They haven't really done anything spectacular since they took office.

But taking numerous recesses and facing rowdy town halls could rattle safe Republican and yes, Democratic districts.

Republicans have no real plan to repeal the ACA (Obamacare). They just threw together proposals and took the whim of the "do-nothing" House Freedom Caucus to fully repeal the law. They gutted regulations to the law. They threw out postitive results of Obamacare. Their version of a health care law could throw 24 million off affordable coverage. It could eliminate mandate that require insurers to not reject individuals with pre-existing conditions. It could head to state governments that could weaken the law itself.

Republicans beware. You spent 8 years dogging Barack Obama's presidency.

Democrats are furious and are willing to oppose everything Trump does. Even though they have the minority in Congress, they will instigate voters to oppose Republicans.

You Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat. You played on the fears of immigrants, Muslims, Blacks and gay people. You were the "Party of No."

You better know that its going down. The changing demographics assure that Republicans hold on the future will certainly be unraveled.

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