(Lettter-to-the-Editor) The Republican party seems to think that because they are in charge of Congress that they have a mandate from “the people” to pursue their conservative agenda during President Obama’s final two years. Sorry Charlie. Even if they can get past the high hurdle of a Democratic filibuster in the Senate, they are nowhere near the number of votes required to overturn a Presidential veto. And it should have been clear to anyone watching the State of the Union address that President Obama is no lame duck. Hey, Party of “no,” meet the President of “not on my watch.”
The Washington State Republican Party is no better off. Many of the WSRP positions (trickle-down voodoo economics of tax cuts for the rich and no minimum wage adjustments, no new taxes, “greed-is-good” deregulation, “climate change has yet to be proven,” opposition to Obamacare, anti-gay marriage, etc.) are unpopular with the majority of Washingtonians and across America. Yet, according to the WSRP web site, Chairman Susan Hutchison expects to build upon the Republican victories of 2014 over the next two years to elect a Republican governor and president.
Oddly enough, the WSRP supports keeping the Electoral College. Perhaps they should study the numbers. There is no Republican candidate that can win the White House in 2016. The Democratic candidate can expect to win 257 electoral votes without even trying and it only takes 270 to win. The Republican base of aging, white, rural voters has been in decline for 20 years nationwide and in Washington State.
The President’s approval rating has returned to the 50 yard line, meaning in the last quarter of his presidency, the Republicans are going to be playing defense again. Not a good position to be in for the 2016 election. Why? Because that is when far more liberal voters will be paying attention. The Party of “no” will be remembered as the party that got nothing done even after gaining nominal control of both houses of Congress.
Basking in the glow of a short-term victory is not a viable long-term strategy. Washington State needs a transportation plan now. Last term, the Democratic-led House passed its version but the Republican-led Senate could not garner enough support for a plan.
The clock is running out on state Republicans. They have less than two years to participate in shaping the next era of our economic future or they will lose to opportunity to participate politically after 2016.