It’s official: GOP will have biggest House majority since before the New Deal

posted at 8:01 pm on December 17, 2014 by Noah Rothman

On Wednesday, the Associated Press called the outstanding race for congress in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional district. Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ), a former aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her successor in office, was narrowly defeated by Republican Martha McSally.

With McSally’s victory, the 2014 midterm elections have officially concluded. At the start of the 114th Congress, Republicans will enjoy their largest majority in the House of Representatives since prior to the Great Depression and the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt with 247 members. The last time the GOP enjoyed that large of a majority was the 71st Congress in 1929 and 1930.

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In the Senate, the GOP will be in an almost equally unparalleled position of power.

“Republicans will control 54 out of 100 seats,” The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake noted. “That’s tied for their fourth-highest number of seats since that same 1929-30 Congress, but the larger three were majorities of 55 seats — i.e. only one more seat.”

Combined with the GOP’s dominance at the state legislative level (Republicans control 56 percent of seats in the legislatures, the highest number since 1920), and the party’s control of 31 of 50 gubernatorial mansions, the Republican Party will be in the strongest position it has seen since prior to the popularization of Democratic progressivism.

“The last time the GOP clearly had more power than today was in the early 1920s, when it controlled more than 70 percent of governorships, 69 percent of the House and more than 60 percent of Senate seats,” Blake observed.

That’s nothing to sneeze at, and it is all due to the ideological realignment of the Democratic Party.

The press and the political analyst class are near myopically focused on the Republican Party’s ideological realignment. And it is true that the GOP has become a more conservative party since the end of the last century. They rarely, however, devote much of their attentions to the realignment of the Democratic Party, which has become markedly more liberal in the early part of this century.

The Democratic Party suffered two disastrous midterm elections not because the GOP made no mistakes or overreached. They did both, and they did so often. The Democrats suffered these debacles because the traditionally older and whiter midterm electorate has turned on the Democratic Party. As recently as 1998, it was possible for a midterm electorate in a Democratic president’s sixth year in office to overlook their frustrations with the incumbent in the White House. That kind of dispensation toward Democrats from a midterm electorate seems nearly unthinkable today.

In many ways, the Obama presidency has set his party back generations. Democrats console themselves with the notion that the president has accomplished things of which prior Democratic presidents could have only dreamed. Today’s decision to loosen trade and travel restrictions on Cuba is only the latest development that progressives contend will ensure that posterity recalls the Obama presidency fondly. The most notable of these conditions, however, is the 2010 health care reform law.

But either through retirements or lost elections, half of the U.S. senators who voted for Obamacare, all of whom were Democrats, will be gone in 2015. Among those who remain, doubts about the political disaster the Affordable Care Act has wrought for the president’s party are tearing the Democratic coalition in Congress apart.

For a party that views FDR as its ideological godfather, it is a supreme irony that a president who supposedly represented his second coming is instead overseeing the destruction of his legacy.


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First order of business: DO WHATEVER PREZ’NIT DOGEATER WANTS
Second order of business: more funding for spray-on tanning supplies

Jedditelol on December 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Thank you President Obama!

The Notorious G.O.P on December 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!!

WryTrvllr on December 17, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Too bad they haven’t had and won’t have the Power Of The Purse …

ShainS on December 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM

And it is true that the GOP has become a more conservative party since the end of the last century. They rarely, however, devote much of their attentions to the realignment of the Democratic Party, which has become markedly more liberal in the early part of this century.

Did the GOP really move as far to the right as the Dems moved to the left?

Let’s look at presidential nominees.
How many Dems in the last 40 years were not radical leftists, vs. how many Republicans were not radically on the right?

itsnotaboutme on December 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Yeah, this is just like 2010 Tea Gabber wave!!

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Thank you, President Obama!

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Aizen on December 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Yet, they squandered all their political capital already in the 1.3 trillion national travesty and they don’t deserve to lead.

It’s still funny that the seat in AZ was taken by a R.

Ned Pepper won’t be here.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

…what are they going to do with it?

JugEarsButtHurt on December 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

And we still have 2 years of President Boyfriend going all Kamikaze..

Yay!!

BigWyo on December 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Ned Pepper’s ghost will be here.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

They will continue to be the eunuchs for obama.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

And we still have 2 years of President Boyfriend going all Kamikaze..

Yay!!

BigWyo on December 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Silver lining is that Hillary or Fauxcahontas gets tied to it.

Aizen on December 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Ned Pepper’s ghost will be here.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

The real one is hibernating in Obama’s azz.

Aizen on December 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

And what are they doing to stop illegal alien amnesty?

bluegill on December 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

If we only had the POTUS we could really fight….we’re limited.

d1carter on December 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

I’d be a lot more enthusiastic if I thought they would actually govern as conservatives in Washington.

Hopefully McSally will be a conservative.

There is reason to be optimistic at the state level though. Thankfully good governors like Scott Walker were reelected.

cat_owner on December 17, 2014 at 8:17 PM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.

libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

[h/t Schadenfreude]

ShainS on December 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Don’t get hopes up on McSally. This is my district, and she’s straight up GOPe.

She is career gubmint.

wolly4321 on December 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

So let’s finally get that “uninvited guest workers are in the shadows” thing that isn’t called amnesty fixed up, and let’s finally get that Affordable Care Act permanently entrenched by “fixing” it, and let’s finally get —

All the other things we get now. Let’s finally get what’s coming to us.

Axe on December 17, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Yahoo. Now the Chamber of Commerce party controls 2/3 of 1/3 of 1/2 of 5/8 of the government. And what will they do with it? Chaaaarge it! Up the line of credit! Party on at the trough.

Franklin100 on December 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM

LOL…only to be pissed away when they nominate Jeb.

ddrintn on December 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM

And they’ve already given the first year away to the Dems, before they even take office!

Can we start calling them “The 300 Stooges” yet?

BobMbx on December 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Based on what I just saw out of the GOP in the budget deal, I’m not particularly hopeful.

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Unfortunately, the electorate voted for an imaginary party guided by zero principles. They have already lit the fuse that will implode the Republican party. The squishy RINOS will wonder what happened.

winston on December 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

“Republicans will control 54 out of 100 seats,” The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake noted. “That’s tied for their fourth-highest number of seats since that same 1929-30 Congress, but the larger three were majorities of 55 seats — i.e. only one more seat.”
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Combined with the GOP’s dominance at the state legislative level (Republicans control 56 percent of seats in the legislatures, the highest number since 1920), and the party’s control of 31 of 50 gubernatorial mansions, the Republican Party will be in the strongest position it has seen since prior to the popularization of Democratic progressivism.
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“The last time the GOP clearly had more power than today was in the early 1920s, when it controlled more than 70 percent of governorships, 69 percent of the House and more than 60 percent of Senate seats,” Blake observed.
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That’s nothing to sneeze at, and it is all due to the ideological realignment of the Democratic Party.
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Noah Rothman on December 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM

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With McConnells and McCains in the Republican Senate, what’s to get excited over?
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YAYYYYYY ! ! ! . . . . . Now we can stop Barack Obama from moving this country any deeper into a hole . . . . . whoopieeeeeeeeeee . . . . .
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That’s fantastic … now, what are you guys going to do to UN-DO all of the other (expletive) nonsense Obama has done over the course of the last six years?
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* . . . . . . . crickets chirping . . . . . . . *

listens2glenn on December 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

” And it is true that the GOP has become a more conservative party since the end of the last century. ”

Um, nope.

cs89 on December 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

It’s official: GOP will have biggest House majority since before the New Deal

So what?

247 Pajama Boys in elephant suits.

Lizzie Warren has more cojones than Boner.

Must be her Native American heritage coming through…

Bruno Strozek on December 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Yet, they squandered all their political capital already in the 1.3 trillion national travesty and they don’t deserve to lead.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

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But do the Republicans ?
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It’s still funny that the seat in AZ was taken by a R.

Ned Pepper won’t be here.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

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Ned Pepper’s ghost will be here.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

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“Boo.”

listens2glenn on December 17, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Boehner, McConnell, McCain, Graham, the Chamber of Commerce….nothing will change in Washington.

The GOP needs to split apart. The squishes can go join the Democrats where they belong.

Penguins Fan on December 17, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Sarc,
But we only control 1/3 of the government. We can’t do anything.

ritewhit on December 17, 2014 at 8:35 PM

And we still have 2 years of President Boyfriend going all Kamikaze..

Yay!!

BigWyo on December 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

His last two years will make his first six years look good. A GOP wave is great, but the post-Carter years were guided by a rare find, Ronald Reagan. I don’t see anyone viable currently that could do the same thing.

This country needs a strong, relatively conservative leader in the captain’s chair *tips hat to Ed* along with strong leadership on the hill. The GOP is like the Jets to me…I love ’em, I’ll root for ’em, but they both have a way of letting me down year after year.

JetBoy on December 17, 2014 at 8:42 PM

*Takes steering wheel. Lightly taps brakes*

will77jeff on December 17, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice if they actually wanted to DO SOMETHING with all that power? Instead, all they’ll do is nibble around the edges, complain that they don’t have the White House, and brag about how much better they run the machinery that’s already there. Fact is, most of them don’t want to do anything, they just want to be something.
What they need to do is to dismember the machine, not just operate it better. They need to devolve power and decision making back to the States where it belongs. And shrink that morbidly obese and utterly corrupt bureaucracy before it suffocates us all.
Every single experiment with socialism in all of human history has inevitably ended up at the same place: Mass murder! This may be our last chance to head it off. What they did to those vets down at the Phoenix VA hospital was not an aberration, it was normal bureaucratic behavior.

Lew on December 17, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Boehner: Still looking for a good hill to die on.

BobMbx on December 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.
–P. J. O’Rourke

PushTheButtonMax on December 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

https://twitter.com/ChadPergram


Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 7h 7 hours ago

Giffords/Mark Kelly congratulate McSally. Salute fmr aide Barber who lost to McSally.

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 8h 8 hours ago

NRCC Chair Walden on McSally win over Barber: Martha will be an effective and common-sense representative for Southern Arizona.

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 8h 8 hours ago

With McSally win over Barber, breakdown in new Congress for the House will be 247 R’s and 188 D’s.

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 9h 9 hours ago

Last race of ’14 midterms decided as R Martha McSally defeats Dem Rep Barber, fmr Giffords aide wounded in shooting.

canopfor on December 17, 2014 at 8:58 PM

The map is ye painted Red,….sure do look pretty!!

canopfor on December 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

As Hillary sort of said..”What difference does it make?!?!”

SouthernGent on December 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

BEND OVER NANCY!

GarandFan on December 17, 2014 at 9:14 PM

On Wednesday, the Associated Press called the outstanding race for congress in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional district. Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ), a former aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her successor in office, was narrowly defeated by Republican Martha McSally.

Does anyone know what the vote totals were? Noah certainly doesn’t nor does he care to report facts, as a rule.

TXUS on December 17, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Obama destroys everything he touches. Even his own Party.

MrX on December 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM

It’s official: GOP will have biggest House majority since before the New Deal

Too bad they won’t do much with it.

When the socialists have power they advance their agenda by any and all means available, whatever the consequences. Like they did when they rammed through Obamacare.

When the gutless spineless GOP has power it make deals with the socialists and worries about what the MSM says about them.

farsighted on December 17, 2014 at 9:29 PM

And they’ve already given the first year away to the Dems, before they even take office!

Can we start calling them “The 300 Stooges” yet?

BobMbx on December 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Obama destroys everything he touches. Even his own Party.

MrX on December 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM

The Dems are not his party; they are just his stooges.

AesopFan on December 17, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice if they actually wanted to DO SOMETHING with all that power? Instead, all they’ll do is nibble around the edges, complain that they don’t have the White House, and brag about how much better they run the machinery that’s already there. Fact is, most of them don’t want to do anything, they just want to be something.
What they need to do is to dismember the machine, not just operate it better. They need to devolve power and decision making back to the States where it belongs. And shrink that morbidly obese and utterly corrupt bureaucracy before it suffocates us all.
Every single experiment with socialism in all of human history has inevitably ended up at the same place: Mass murder! This may be our last chance to head it off. What they did to those vets down at the Phoenix VA hospital was not an aberration, it was normal bureaucratic behavior.

Lew on December 17, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Indeed.

AesopFan on December 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

And it is true that the GOP has become a more conservative party since the end of the last century.

I didn’t look at the byline when I clicked on this article. As soon as I saw this line, I thought “this must be Noah.” I scrolled up and, lo and behind, I was right.

Sorry, Noah, wrong again.

Only a liberal could find anything even remotely conservative about the modern GOP.

Shump on December 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

1/20/17 – a long time to wait for the nightmare to end.

knutsandvolts on December 17, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Who cares about the House of Representatives, if the party in the majority there does not belong to the same party as the caudillo-in-chief?

Presidents may now rule by decree; Congress is irrelevant…until a Republican is in the White House.

MidniteRambler on December 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Say, did you know there is already a party for people who hate Boehner and McConnell and everything they stand for? It’s called the Democrats. Go join them, or start your own.

You dummies can’t even come up with original insults. You sound like 10 year olds on the schoolyard. You really pull down our average IQ.

I did write to John McCain to protest his use of the pejorative term ‘wacko birds,’ though. Told him it was offensive to birds.

Adjoran on December 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

So what? All I cared about was watching the dems get b!tch-slapped silly. Only a fool would expect the repubics to all of a sudden turn into honest people. In a couple years maybe we can b!tch-slap them.

Jackson on December 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

If they can replace Weasel Boehner as mute Sspeaker they could get good things accomplished. If.

viking01 on December 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Say, did you know there is already a party for people who hate Boehner and McConnell and everything they stand for? It’s called the Democrats. Go join them, or start your own.

You dummies can’t even come up with original insults. You sound like 10 year olds on the schoolyard. You really pull down our average IQ.

I did write to John McCain to protest his use of the pejorative term ‘wacko birds,’ though. Told him it was offensive to birds.

Adjoran on December 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Didn’t know you were a member of the RNC.

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Assuming we have another election in 2016, the GOP will become the New Democrat Party. The old democrat party will be come The Socialist Party, and conservatives will have no voice, no representation in politics. Unless there is a third party.

If that happens, the deal making, the king making in Congress will get worse, not better.

Joseph OHenry on December 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

And if the cromnibus is any indication, their “historic” majority will last maybe four years.

rickv404 on December 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM

GOP has become a more conservative party since the end of the last century.

I’m gonna need you to show a little evidence of that.

ChrisL on December 17, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Yeah, they had a Depression in those days, and now we get depressed watching Boner and his squishes surrender to the lefty agenda

Senator Philip Bluster on December 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I look at that map and say, “What is wrong with Minnesota?”

rhit87 on December 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM

I look at that map and say, “What is wrong with Minnesota?”

rhit87 on December 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Minnesotans.

V7_Sport on December 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Truly a cause for celebration. We could see another repeat of 1969 and since the GOP is not centralized like the democrat party, I expect more independent thinkers who share a common goal. Let’s keep the fight going my friends!

1redshirtxlg on December 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

We could see another repeat of 1869

Stupid typos.

1redshirtxlg on December 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

This may excite establishment bloggers but us regular saps know they aren’t going to do $hit with this “historic” majority.

The_Conservative on December 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Too bad over half of this historic majority are big govt progressives….

The_Conservative on December 17, 2014 at 11:18 PM

1/20/17 – a long time to wait for the nightmare to end.

knutsandvolts on December 17, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Not if another Democrat wins in 2016.

Crux Australis on December 17, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Considering republican’s asinine, anti-Ted Cruz strategy, IMHO, we will have the shortest lived tidal wave in american history as well.

I am seeing it in Louisiana, as our newly elected moron senator is already being trashed, rightly so, and he hasn’t even taken his senatorial office. He voted for Cromnibus in the House….

Mark my words. We will lose if we continue the path we are on.

Vanbasten on December 18, 2014 at 1:10 AM

It’s official: GOP will have biggest House majority since before the New Deal

In the Senate, the GOP will be in an almost equally unparalleled position of power.

And Boehner and McConnell will still be whining about how powerless they are to make changes.

RJL on December 18, 2014 at 5:50 AM

It’s all for naught, though, if the Republicans don’t get rid of Boehner and McConnell and the rest of the lying leadership! If the Republicans continue along the path that these two set in the last few weeks of lying like democrats, misleading the membership, misrepresenting the facts, dishonestly manipulating the actions and votes of the congressional bodies, and betraying the trust and mandate that the voters gave them in the recent election, the new GOP led congress will be just as useless as the democrat congress was! The people of this country are angry! They are sick and tired of the lies coming from our own government! If the Republicans can cast our the members that are not acting with honesty and integrity NOW and PUBLICLY (specifically Boehner and McConnell) they can still be seen by the American people as the party of honesty, integrity, and honor! The Republicans can re-capture the trust of the American people if they truly show us that they can bee trusted NOT to lie to us! That they can bee trusted to act in our best interests rather than their own! The Republicans have an opportunity here, but the space of that opportunity is short – 6 or 8 weeks – to overcome the mismanagement of the last few weeks by Boehner and McConnell when they worked tirelessly to give away the Republican advantage for their own ends…and did it by lying, cheating, and underhanded manipulation…in short, by acting exactly like democrats!

WAKE UP REPUBLICANS! YOUR TIME IS NOW! DON’T BLOW IT!!!

TomCoats on December 18, 2014 at 5:59 AM

Does anyone know what the vote totals were? Noah certainly doesn’t nor does he care to report facts, as a rule.

TXUS on December 17, 2014 at 9:16 PM

If you were truly interested, you could look it up yourself you lazy spud.

All I remember is that McSally won by 161 on first count, 167 on mandatory recount. You’re welcome.

Younggod on December 18, 2014 at 6:31 AM

“Republicans will control 54 out of 100 seats,” The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake noted. “That’s tied for their fourth-highest number of seats since that same 1929-30 Congress, but the larger three were majorities of 55 seats — i.e. only one more seat.”

Assuming you don’t count douche Jeff Flake as a dem.

Younggod on December 18, 2014 at 6:37 AM

It means squat since they will do whatever the Dems tell them to do!

flytier on December 18, 2014 at 6:54 AM

And it is true that the GOP has become a more conservative party since the end of the last century

No it is not true. In fact it is exactly opposite of the truth.

bgibbs1000 on December 18, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Forget your elections they mean nothing. This is now a one branch government ruled by a modern day dictatorial despot . . . sad but true.

rplat on December 18, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Does anyone know what the vote totals were? Noah certainly doesn’t nor does he care to report facts, as a rule.

TXUS on December 17, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Going into the recount, McSally had a 161 vote lead (out of 212,000 total votes cast).

At the end of the recount, McSally won by 167 votes. So she picked up 6 votes in the recount.

AZCoyote on December 18, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Say, did you know there is already a party for people who hate Boehner and McConnell and everything they stand for? It’s called the Democrats. Go join them, or start your own.

You dummies can’t even come up with original insults. You sound like 10 year olds on the schoolyard. You really pull down our average IQ.

I did write to John McCain to protest his use of the pejorative term ‘wacko birds,’ though. Told him it was offensive to birds.

Adjoran on December 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Bless your heart, you poor thing. You actually think the Democrats hate Boehner and McConnell. On the contrary. John & Mitch are their most useful tools.

fossten on December 18, 2014 at 8:31 AM

It’s official: GOP will have biggest House majority since before the New Deal

,,,and it won’t mean a thing with Obama in the WH holding a ‘Veto’ stamp and not enough votes/members to override it. Who else sees the GOP getting blamed for nothing getting done as Obama blocks everything with his ‘Veto’ stamp?! (That is if Boehner has the testicular fortitude to do anything other than Obama’s bidding to begin with…)

easyt65 on December 18, 2014 at 8:51 AM

It’s official: GOP will have biggest House majority since before the New Deal

What difference does it make if funding Obamacare and amnesty is a prelude to what they have in store for us?

Star Bird on December 18, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Ok, so Republicans have 2 branches of public life:
1. Congress
2. The States

Progressives have all of the other branches:
1. Judiciary
2. Executive
3. Bureaucracy
4. Media
5. Culture
6. Education

Unless Republicans can hold power for 30 years and do good things with it, it doesn’t matter. They have to defund the bureaucracy, replace the Judiciary, remove liberal influence from Education, and make huge inroads into the Media and Culture.

I don’t see this happening, so please consider this a small, short, meaningless detour on the road to serfdom.

strickler on December 18, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Means nothing without results and that will not be forthcoming with Boehner and McConnell caving and bowing to oba-MAO. The repubics are fully capable of pulling out defeat from the jaws of victory……

ultracon on December 18, 2014 at 10:37 AM

The win in Arizona will be short lived if McSally treats her constituents the way she treated her troops while she was active duty. Basically, “ME ME ME”.

Those of us in uniform still remember her lawsuit against Rumsfeld and the epic, public breakdown she had at AFRICOM when she found out she wasn’t selected for major command leading to flag rank.

rotorhead on December 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

If we only had the POTUS we could really fight….we’re limited.
d1carter on December 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Prediction on when first GOP “leader” will say the above is Groundhog Day. Even though we pray the GOP Congress will take serious action, we all know that all we’ll get are excuses, can-kicking, and nibbling at the edges of problems. Oh, and requests for money and support for the 2016 elections.

Your choices: 3rd party, don’t vote, or keep supporting people who lie to you.

pilsener on December 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

The Democrats built their New Deal coalition around classical progressivism – social insurance against unavoidable problems like involuntary unemployment and aging where everyone pays in and everyone takes out and regulation prohibiting acts by business which cause actual and substantial harm to others. This progressive political economy still enjoys majority support of the electorate.

Beginning in the 1960s, however, the Democrats started shifting towards a Euro-socilaist model of directing the economy to redistribute wealth. This political economy has never enjoyed even plurality support of voters, so Democrats have routinely campaigned from the center-right as standard progressives and, when they get majorities, have governed as standard issue Euro-socialists.

Voters started to catch on that the “conservative Democrat” brand was a fraud when the 1993-1994 Democrat government flirted with enacting Hillarycare. A majority of voters definitely caught on after the Democrats campaigned to the right of the GOP or as post-ideological ciphers in 2006 and 2008, then imposed TARP, the “stimulus” and Obamacare, and almost imposed Cap & Tax, against the will of their constituents. Mr. Obama and his party have essentially destroyed the “conservative Democrat” brand for at lease the near term.

Bart DePalma on December 18, 2014 at 1:13 PM

One reason why the “true conservative” wing of the party is getting so hysterical now and trying to get people upset at that new Congress before it is even seated is because just about every one of those new individual House seats are Boehner Republicans save one or two notable exceptions. In the Senate, the new seats are McConnell Republicans. So the “true conservative” wing is going to find themselves someone diluted in their influence in that new Congress and so are working ahead of time with histrionics in order to get people angry at that body before it has even met for the first time.

In a non-binding voice vote on November 13, only three Republicans voice a “no” vote against Boehner for re-election as speaker. The “true conservatives” are now getting all “lets make Gowdy speaker” which isn’t going to happen. A: Gowdy isn’t going to run for the position and B: if he did, he would lose miserably.

The messaging around the recent CRomnibus bill is one of the most interesting propaganda themes I have seen in a long time. The so-called “conservative” press was very careful NOT to portray that bill for what it really was — the manifestation of the Ryan / Murray budget compromise. They portrayed it as some new bill that Boehner arrived it via rectal extraction and the last minute and “rushed through” the House when actually the opposite is true. That was 11 different bills that spent a year being negotiated with Senate Democrats in the House. It was Paul Ryan’s bill, not John Boehner’s. But more importantly the so-called “conservatives” were demanding an impossible alternative. They wanted another CR but that could not be done and, in fact, would have been illegal this time.

Both the House and Senate voted, and Obama passed into law the Ryan/Murray compromise framework and the American people supported it 50-35. House and Senate were committed by law to create a compromise bill which they did. But the conservative media was very careful to portray that bill on its own, as if it had nothing at all to do with Ryan/Murray and pretended that all Boehner had to do was pass another CR as if Senate Democrats would just go along with that and Reid would just roll over and throw away a year’s worth of work on Ryan/Murray.

The problem with both the far left and the far right is that they live in political fantasy worlds. This leads to unnecessary polarization, inability to get anything done, and constant “my way or the highway” thinking on both sides.

crosspatch on December 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

And they’ve already given the first year away to the Dems, before they even take office!

Can we start calling them “The 300 Stooges” yet?

BobMbx on December 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Good one! Actually, with 247 Republicans in the House in 54 in the Senate, it adds up to 301.

It’s a shame that McConnell didn’t take Boehner aside before the Cromnibus was pushed through to tell Boehner to wait for his reinforcements, and push through a bill to fund the government only through February. McConnell is a much better strategist than Boehner, but Boehner gave away a lot of McConnell’s power before McConnell had a chance to exercise it.

Steve Z on December 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Also the GOP has 23 state governments majorities in the state senate, state house and governor offices. Compared to just 7 for the NC.

gwhh on December 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM