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Compromise Still a Word Congressional Republicans Are Challenged By

June 9, 2015

One thing was certain.

With Congress controlled by Republicans the legislative work of governing had to work smoothly running up to the 2016 presidential elections. The nation had to see that the GOP could govern and not just be a thorn in the side of President Obama.

Things have not worked out as the GOP hoped or needed.

Democrats believe they have the upper hand after Republicans allowed government surveillance authorities to temporarily expire last week, stoking criticism of McConnell’s stewardship of the Senate. The mood in the chamber has turned more antagonistic over the past week, as Reid and McConnell have mixed it up on the Senate floor over who controls the agenda and which party is being more obstructionist.

During a heated debate on the PATRIOT Act last week, McConnell turned to Reid (D-Nev.) to pointedly warn him that “you don’t get to set the schedule anymore.” And after Reid threatened to hold up spending, defense and highway bills, McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt that Republicans will probably confirm only a trickle of President Barack Obama’s lifetime judicial appointment during the rest of his presidency.

The bottom line is the regardless of which side of the political divide you line up with there was a feeling among the GOP that they were not treated fairly under Democratic control of congress.   If that were true and the Republicans truly wanted to showcase their resolve to make sure Washington worked in advance of the next election,would it not then be in their best interest to work overtime to reach compromise with Democrats?

Or is compromise still the hurdle that Republicans cannot find a way to understand?  

  1. June 10, 2015 10:20 AM

    Democrats compromised with the stimulus bill allowing 1/3 of bill to be tax cuts and over and over on the health care bill item where dealt with such as with Sen. Grassley all to no avail of course. I note you fail to address the pressing need for the GOP leading up to 2016 and that is if they can govern. What we have seen thus far is not convincing a nation.

  2. Tom permalink
    June 10, 2015 7:48 AM

    Democrats dd not show the resolve to compromise during the time they controlled congress. They didn’t debate or vote on amendments, either. I wonder why it is that after all those years of demanding republicans “compromise” (and by this you mean concede), you suddenly find compromise a virtue? As someone who has often taken the high moral ground about “process,” you should note that the democrats have changed the process. Things are not as they were. At least in the republican party there is room for debate and dissent. H. Reid never allowed any of that. Neither did Pelosi. They were, and are, dictators.

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