Obama and the Importance of a GOP Senate
Knowing Obama’s penchant for pulling the “executive action” card whenever he wants to get something around Congress, many conservatives have wondered why it matters if Republicans re-take the Senate in November. After all, if our president lacks respect for the legislative process, does a GOP-controlled Congress bring anything new to the table?
While there’s a good chance that Obama will make real progress difficult over the next two years, don’t underestimate the good a Republican Senate can do. First on the agenda should be eliminating some of the regulations that have made it exceedingly difficult for American businesses to thrive. In fact, if that’s all the GOP Senate can do, it’s enough reason for conservative voters in swing states to head to the polls in droves.
Republicans in the House have introduced bill after bill in the last couple of years, each of them intended to take our regulatory system down a notch. To give businesses back some control over their own fates. Though it is the Republicans who have been treated like the obstructionists, it was in the Democratic Senate that these bills withered on the vine. They accuse the GOP of being the Party of No, but that’s nothing but political folderol.
What happens if we have leadership of the Senate? Well, then these bills have a chance of being passed. Obama may indeed veto them when they come across his desk, but that’s going to make him the obstructionist. Try as they may, the nitwits in the liberal press will not be able to sell any alternative narrative. The American people aren’t always on top of every little thing in Washington, but we know a scam when we see one.
There’s another factor as well. Obama has already said publicly that the midterms are more than just a vote for individual congressmen; they represent a referendum on his policies. Democrats everywhere cringed when they heard it, but now it’s out there. No takebacks. If the public votes in a GOP Senate, Obama will have to view that as a rejection of the country’s direction.
That rejection, of course, has already been trumpeted loudly and proudly by numerous polls. If Obama remains steadfast in his agenda even after an unfavorable election, he will be twisting in the wind alone. Democrats, gearing up for 2016, aren’t going to support him in a one-man clown show. They’ll abandon ship as quickly as possible.
Finally, there’s the question of money. Republicans were portrayed as too timid to shut down the government this year, but they’ll be more likely to test their luck if it’s the entirety of Congress versus the president. Without funding, these strangling regulations will have to go. Obama doesn’t have near enough political power to win if it comes down to a game of chicken.
Make no mistake, a president in the waning years of his term can be dangerous. No longer beholden to the party or future elections, he has a kind of wild power that Americans should be wary of. He’s already promised to use that power to enact sweeping immigration reform. Without a Republican Congress to stop him, what else will he do before his time in office is up?