After stop­ping Obama

Americans want Repub­li­cans to get the na­tion mov­ing

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Mon­ica Crow­ley

In early 2009, newly minted Pres­i­dent Obama in­vited Repub­li­can lead­ers to the White House. In the spirit of good will, the GOP of­fered ideas about how they could work to­gether. Mr. Obama of­fered a sharp re­buke: “I won.” What a dif­fer­ence six years of un­re­lent­ing so­cial­ism make.

In an elec­toral tidal wave, Repub­li­cans gained con­trol of the Se­nate, picked up seats in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives that ex­panded their majority to his­toric lev­els, and won gov­er­nor­ships in deep-blue states such as Illi­nois, Maryland and Mas­sachusetts. For a party with a dam­aged brand and no clear leader, the GOP had a stun­ningly suc­cess­ful elec­tion. A wave, if you will.

The Repub­li­cans scored the best of all pos­si­ble worlds. If the Democrats were go­ing to lose the Se­nate, the Obama White House rea­soned, it could be a bless­ing in dis­guise as they could then cast the con­trol­ling Repub­li­cans as ob­struc­tion­ists. They could ce­ment the per­cep­tion of the GOP as the “party of no.”

What the elec­tion re­sults show, how­ever, is that the Amer­i­can peo­ple do not see the GOP as the “party of no.” They see the GOP as the “party of stop.” Vot­ers want the Repub­li­cans to fi­nally put a stop to the Obama-era mad­ness that has shoved Amer­ica into rapid de­cline.

The GOP Congress will gen­er­ate all kinds of growth-ori­ented and spend­ing-con­trol poli­cies, from tax re­form and the dis­man­tling of Oba­macare to au­tho­riz­ing the Key­stone XL pipe­line, stop­ping Mr. Obama’s pro­posed ex­ec­u­tive ac­tion on amnesty for il­le­gal im­mi­grants, and putting to­gether a real 2015-16 bud­get res­o­lu­tion.

A Demo­cratic Se­nate will no longer ex­ist to stall those things, so Mr. Obama will have to make a choice: ap­prove or veto. This will turn the ta­bles and al­low the GOP to paint the pres­i­dent and the Democrats as “the party of no.” Some Democrats, fear­ful about their own re-elec­tions in 2016, may go along with some GOP pro­pos­als. If so, the Repub­li­cans will win there, too.

Mr. Obama will, of course, stay true to form and by­pass Congress when­ever pos­si­ble, likely on amnesty and a bad nu­clear deal with Iran. Even there, though, the GOP Congress can check­mate him by elim­i­nat­ing the fund­ing for what­ever he does uni­lat­er­ally.

Six years ago, the most rad­i­cal, lib­eral el­e­ments of the far left took the White House and ex­panded their ma­jori­ties in Congress. Then they pur­sued what Mr. Obama called the “fun­da­men­tal trans­for­ma­tion” of the na­tion, mov­ing Amer­ica away from a coun­try built on in­di­vid­ual free­dom, eco­nomic lib­erty and strong na­tional de­fense to one dom­i­nated by eco­nomic malaise, rad­i­cal wealth re­dis­tri­bu­tion, gross in­com­pe­tence, and breathtaki­ng cor­rup­tion at home and dan­ger­ous im­po­tence abroad.

All of this cre­ated the per­fect po­lit­i­cal storm that’s been gath­er­ing for a while. This week, the storm clouds opened again, as they did dur­ing the 2010 midterm elec­tion.

Mr. Obama was tech­ni­cally not on the bal­lot but, as he re­minded vot­ers, his poli­cies were right at the top of it. Many of his wing­men in Congress who sup­ported those poli­cies went down in flames. Ap­par­ently, Americans re­mem­bered that the folks re­spon­si­ble for this hor­ror show still worked for them. They re­mem­bered that they were pay­ing their salaries and fund­ing their staffs and perks only to be dis­re­spected, blown off and quite lit­er­ally robbed by their rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Vot­ers fi­nally fired them.

Repub­li­cans won most races across the na­tion this week; they lost but a few. The big­gest ef­fect of the re­sults won’t be on the House or the Se­nate, though, but on the rad­i­cal poli­cies of Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama will have no room to ma­neu­ver. He was com­plain­ing in­ces­santly about “bro­ken Wash­ing­ton” when he had a huge majority in the House and a fil­i­buster­proof majority in the Se­nate. Imag­ine the pres­i­den­tial whin­ing to come dur­ing his fi­nal two years.

Some ob­servers say that with an eye now on his legacy, Mr. Obama will “mod­er­ate,” “move to the cen­ter,” “com­pro­mise” with the newly resur­gent GOP. Those same ob­servers sug­gested he’d do the same thing after the 2010 and 2012 elec­tions. Yet he re­mained firmly on the far left, as com­mit­ted statist ide­o­logues tend to do.

Mr. Obama re­mains as com­mit­ted as ever to his Euro­pean-style so­cial­ism. It doesn’t mat­ter that those poli­cies don’t work, have caused enor­mous dam­age, and have tor­pe­doed his pres­i­dency and his party. There is noth­ing in his po­lit­i­cal character or tem­per­a­ment to sug­gest mod­er­a­tion. There is also no ev­i­dence in his po­lit­i­cal his­tory to in­di­cate that he’ll tem­per his views go­ing for­ward.

Oba­maism is dead. Now, we must snuff out its ef­fects wher­ever they are found: in Oba­macare, spend­ing, deficits, taxes, en­ergy pol­icy, amnesty, a slashed and ham­strung mil­i­tary. We’ve got to kill th­ese poli­cies in the crib, be­fore they send the na­tion per­ma­nently into de­cline. That’s what Repub­li­cans were elected this week to do.

No com­pro­mise. No white flags. No ne­go­ti­a­tion. No sur­ren­der. Mon­ica Crow­ley is on­line opin­ion ed­i­tor at The Wash­ing­ton Times.

IL­LUS­TRA­TION BY ALEXAN­DER HUNTER/THE WASH­ING­TON TIMES

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