Ben Domenech asks that tough question: Why does the Republican Party exist?
Mr. Domenech examines the Republican Senate and observes how they've been at odds with those among their constituents who happen to be adherents of limited government, free markets, national defense and abortion regulations.
Perhaps you believe the Republican Party exists as the party of limited government and free markets. This is impossible after the past weekend, where Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell went so far as to blatantly make the lie he told his fellow Senators – that no deal had been cut with interested Democrats during an earlier debate to reanimate an entity of pure corporate welfare, the Export-Import Bank – a priority so critical he would box out all other attempts to attach amendments to what is considered a “must-pass” measure, the Highway Bill.
Perhaps you believe the Republican Party exists as a national security party, which believes in a clear-eyed trust but verify approach to dealing with our enemies. This is impossible after the past few months, where the Senate Republicans completely ceded their Constitutional duty regarding the Iran deal, putting them in the wonderful position (so politically advantageous in the realm of domestic policy) of decrying this deal as awful without being on the hook for anything that happens because of it.
Perhaps you believe the Republican Party exists as today the lone pro-life party in the United States. This cannot be possible after the weekend, where Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blocked any attempt to force President Obama and all his fellow Senate Democrats to take a stand for or against not even the legality, but the taxpayer subsidization of harvesting organs from aborted babies. The fact that McConnell did all this after telling his GOP colleagues that he definitely wouldn’t, and the fact that Texas Senator Ted Cruz pointed this out, is a breach of decorum. Orrin Hatch will be along with a ruler shortly to rap your knuckles, you naughty boy.
These sacrifices had to be made in order to get a pile of pork called The Highway Bill passed. And that's why the Republican Party exists. Mr. Domenech was focused on recent action and omitted the Republican establishment's disdain for the Tea Party movement.
In any event, it's little wonder that an outsider like Donald Trump has drawn so much attention. Wouldn't it be ironic if the low information voters who elected Barack Obama swung the election to Trump?