|Thune And The GOP "Leaders"|
To Heck With Governing. We've Got A Nominee To Block
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Republican rank-and-file attitudes all over the country. An amazing 96% of NV caucus-going Republicans are either angry (60%) or dissatisfied (36%) over the way the federal government is operating. Though the "angry" number is about 40% in the 3 preceding primary/caucus states, this level of hostility toward their government by Republicans, whose party controls Congress, is deservedly awful news for the "establishment wing" of the party, which seems to be doing all it can, so far hopelessly, to stem the Trump tide.
Why we Pubs seem to have been taken off-guard by Trump should come as no surprise. Consider a revealing current situation that should explain much. Last week the Billings (MT) Gazette editorialized about the snail's pace movement in Congress on funding and reform for the Veterans Administration. The editorial opined that "veterans deserve better choices" and noted that two bills designed to improve VA services to veterans were passed by Senate committees in December, yet there has been no action on them on the floor of the Senate itself. I don't know who among that phalanx of scowling Republican senators pictured above is responsible for this foot-dragging, but I'd sure be encouraged if they could muster up the same amount of collective enthusiasm for disabled vets as they do for politically blocking a presidential appointment.
Meantime, closer to home in South Dakota, I still wonder at how quickly and without objection from our Republican congressional delegation the requirement for Country-of-Origin
|I Can't Stand Him|
But I Get His Appeal
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So as disabled veterans await some action and ranchers wonder about competing against imported cattle, our senior Republican Senator John Thune gets media face time by vowing to block an appointee. I'm sure I'll be hearing from Thune supporters with their explanations of how the political process works and how Thune's office is all over these matters, but compelling as their defense of the status quo may be, a lot of ordinary folks aren't buying it. The GOP establishment, by its own politically-induced paralysis, created the Donald Trump phenomenon. And I doubt that they'll "own it." More likely it'll own them.