Since Donald Trump took office in January, much of his agenda has been obstructed by Democrats. Despite being the minority party, Democrats have succeeded in grinding Washington to a halt by drumming up controversies like the Russia investigation. At times, it seems like the party is uninterested in helping the American people, even in areas they would typically agree with the president.
Of course, Democrats haven’t pulled off the obstruction by themselves. At key times, members of Trump’s own party have helped to get in the way of making any progress, most notably when Senator John McCain made a dramatic return to the Senate to vote against the Obamacare repeal.
Meanwhile, party leadership has been fickle as well. Both in the House and Senate, Republican leaders like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have failed to deliver on the promises they made to American voters. While many speculate they are doing so in an attempt to position the party for the 2018 election, new polling shows that the strategy is bound for failure.
From the Daily Caller:
Pollster John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates is warning Republicans, based on a latest omnibus poll, that unless they start keeping campaign promises to Trump voters, the president’s base may not turn out to vote for them in the 2018 midterm elections.
Trump supporters are a “floor on which Republicans stand” or fall, he says in this exclusive interview. And, contrary to media polls, which he demonstrates in a memo skew results towards Democrats and appear inclined to “sacrifice their credibility to promote liberal anti-Trump bias,” Trump’s support amongst his own voters remains high.
Not only could the inaction lead to election losses for the GOP, but many Republican voters want to get rid of both McConnell and Ryan themselves:
Two weeks prior to McLaughlin’s latest omnibus poll taken before Labor Day, Rasmussen Reports showed a third of Republicans wanted Ryan and McConnell out.
“It’s a warning shot,” he says. Voters are tiring of inaction on campaign promises while Republicans control the House, Senate and White House to get things done, he says, — repealing Obamacare, get the economy growing, keep us safe and secure, or holding the line on wasteful spending.
However, there is still hope for the GOP, if they work up the courage to take decisive action:
He points out the contrast between the failed effort to repeal Obamacare with how the Senate handled Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination. When Republicans get the right things done, excite the base, unify the Republicans and put pressure on the Democrats and the middle, these surprisingly negative polls should improve.
After the election, the Republican Party was handed a golden opportunity to make meaningful change. Sadly, for most of the year since, the GOP has lacked the courage to do what they were elected to do. If that doesn’t change soon, the short-lived GOP majority could be in real danger. And they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]