It’s a good day to be a Republican in the United States today. As expected, the Republican Tea Party has become the majority in the U.S. Senate. In addition, a large number of Republican state governors were unexpectedly elected, especially in states that have long been considered Democratic strongholds. It goes without saying that in light of past Grand Obstructionist Party (GOP) transgressions, I’m both leery and concerned about the future of this country.
Despite the ominous possibilities, Republican Tea Party control of the U.S. Congress could actually be a good thing. While it’s easy to assume that even less will get accomplished (if that is even possible), it is possible that more will actually get accomplished. The reason for this is simple. All eyes are already looking forward to the 2016 presidential elections. Now that the Republicans have control of Congress, electing a Republican president will ensure their ability to advance their conservative agenda. On the other hand, it is just as imperative a Democratic president is elected to provide some sort of sanity check to that agenda.
This means neither party can afford to be looked upon as the “obstructionist” party leading up to the presidential elections. Therefore, there is a good chance each party is going to try and advance their agendas as a means to show that they are the party that can get things done. President Obama cannot afford to veto everything that comes to his desk. At the same time the Republican Tea Party cannot leverage another federal government shutdown. The only way either party can show that they are the party that can get things done is through <gasp> compromise.
What may be a short term boon for the Republican Tea Party could also very well be its undoing. With full control of Congress, the burden now falls more on Republicans to prove that their party is united and capable enough to lead this country. However, with veteran radicals still in place like Ted Cruz, and potential radicals like newly elected Joni Ernst, it is going to be difficult for the party to maintain and prove its unity. Radicals like Ted Cruz have already proven their propensity to go against party expectations to advance their own private agendas at all costs. If the Republican Tea Party as a whole cannot keep these radicals in check, it will be a cold day in Hell that they win the presidency.
Yesterday proved, at least to me, that many in this country forgot who was perceived as responsible for the 2013 federal government shutdown. However, I believe some good can come from the Republican Tea Party gaining control in the U.S. Congress. Through compromise, each party can advance agendas that can put this country back on the right track. However, I feel that it is the Grand Obstructionist Party (GOP) that has the most to prove…and the most to lose come 2016 if they cannot control their radical few.