AN­A­LYST: IS THE GOP THE ‘STUPID PARTY’?

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JENNIFER HARPER

“The Repub­li­can Congress must get its act to­gether now. They have the House, they have the Se­nate, they have the pres­i­dency — and noth­ing’s hap­pen­ing. The Repub­li­cans in the leg­is­la­ture are a dis­grace,” writes Roger L. Simon founder of PJ Me­dia.

“They can’t get it to­gether to com­pro­mise on any­thing and move for­ward — no tax re­form, no health­care, no noth­ing. They are over­whelmed by a com­bi­na­tion of over­ween­ing ego and rigid ide­ol­ogy, a lethal cock­tail. Their be­hav­ior is cre­at­ing an in­evitable sit­u­a­tion where they lose con­trol of Congress and ul­ti­mately the White House to the Democrats, when they had ev­ery­thing handed to them. Ev­i­dently, the Repub­li­cans can’t stand pros­per­ity. Or maybe they re­ally are the Stupid Party,” Mr. Simon writes.

The Demo­cratic Party, Mr. Simon con­tin­ues, “is worse than it ever was — an amal­ga­ma­tion of ag­ing Marx­ist pro­fes­sors, snowflake so­cial jus­tice war­riors with an al­lergy to free speech, thugs in Guy Fawkes masks who smash win­dows and pick fights with just about any­body for no dis­cernible rea­son, left­over iden­tity politics — do we se­ri­ously want to give con­trol back to them?”

Mr. Simon warns that the GOP risks los­ing its bedrock vot­ers, and urges Repub­li­can law­mak­ers to tend to such core is­sues as tax re­form, health care and ma­jor eco­nomic con­cerns — par­tic­u­larly the moody stock mar­ket,

“Stop be­ing self­ish, stop be­ing ego­tis­ti­cal, stop be­ing ex­ces­sively af­fixed to one ide­ol­ogy or an­other and get back to work!” Mr. Simon pro­claims, adding, “Stop wast­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s and ev­ery­body else’s time with what is — be­lieve it or not — the small stuff. Pass the leg­is­la­tion and move on. Your fel­low Amer­i­cans will be grate­ful.”

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An empty U.S. House cham­ber stands wait­ing for its oc­cu­pants.

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