There seem to be two types of Republicans – those who learned something from the Trump era and those who didn’t. Unfortunately, there are far too many members of the GOP political class who appear to have been in a coma from 2016-2020, and the rush to return to the pre-Trump status quo has been apparent.
As the minority party heading into 2022 with strong tailwinds, Republicans have one job. That job is to be the opposition. That means not making “deals” that worsen the plight of working-class voters in order to hand Joe Biden and his allies a huge win. GOP voters do not care about being bought off by payouts to obscure special interests. They care about knowing their representatives have the ability to actually hold the line.
Now, to a normal person, that all seems like a rather easy task. After all, it only requires uttering one word over and over – no.
In regards to the recent “deal” on infrastructure, the GOP should have never been negotiating in the first place. Yet, even after they made that mistake, they were handed multiple chances to walk away with the high ground. The latest included Joe Biden himself screwing them over, offering all the justification in the world to oppose any future compromise (see Republicans got played by Joe Biden and There Needs to Be a Reckoning).
Here was Biden a week ago completely backtracking on the deal he had just celebrated hours earlier.
BIDEN: If they don’t come [in tandem] I’m not signing them.
REPORTER: Do you support then, Speaker Pelosi’s stated plan to hold the bipartisan deal in the House until the Senate also passes reconciliation? Do you support that sequencing on her part?
BIDEN: Yes. pic.twitter.com/yY6rU2KNCF
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) June 24, 2021
At that point, most observers had to think this would be the last straw, right? It was bad enough that Biden had blown up the talks, re-ignited them, and then double-crossed Republicans in the end anyway. Even Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney would have to admit that good-faith was not
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