Yet there is still some hesitancy to live up to decades of political promises to voters and donors. It could be because there is still one branch of government Republicans don’t control and that’s the judiciary.
Why go to all the trouble and risk the political downside of casting recorded votes for potentially controversial legislation when some Democrat in a black robe can rule the law unconstitutional? Instead it’s much less stressful to avoid controversy and hold news conferences while GOP leaders figure out a way to annex the Supreme Court, too.
In the meantime, this lack of activity is very stressful for the party apparatchiks trying to raise campaign contributions for somnolent senators. Longtime Republican fundraiser Dan Palmer was interviewed by Fox News and the relaxing pace of the Senate is making his job a nightmare.
Palmer explains, “I’ve been around Republican politics for 30 some years and I’ve never seen it tougher.”
For some reason large donors, and small for that matter, don’t appear to be willing to donate good money after bad. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if many past donors wouldn’t prefer to demand a refund of earlier contributions. Fat chance, though. They’d have better odds of success getting a refund for late baggage from a discount airline.
Palmer is more tactful, but he is essentially in agreement, “I think the House is doing its job of getting stuff out, but it’s going to the graveyard in the Senate. The net effect for the American people is (Republicans) have yet to deliver. Whether (donors) have got $25 of skin in the game or $100,000, they’re mad. People deserve to get action on this agenda.”
For some reason it appears the membrane of the bubble surrounding our elected “representatives” in Washington is thicker than the proposed wall President Trump wants to build. Senate leadership doesn’t appear to be getting the message. Just this week Sen. Roy Blunt (R – Complacent) told the Kansas City Star that in his view the Senate should pass “only a handful of changes” to the tax code and save the rest for 2019.
Kicking the can down the road is an art form in the Senate and it gives elected officials a much longer time frame to pressure lobbyists for donations, but our esteemed senators may soon discover an enraged electorate is ready to kick something else and it’s not made of tin.
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