In my brief three decades in Washington, I have seen two big Republican waves and anticipate a third within a year.
The latest generic vote has the Republicans with a touchdown and a field goal, the largest margin he has ever witnessed. If the Republican Party botches it, it will be the most epic failure in history.
There were signs that 1994 was going to be a great year for Republicans, but the establishment had become so used to Democrats running the House that no one really believed the then Representative. Newt gingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (Georgia) could take the Speaker Gavel. Those signs included an incompetent Clinton administration, abject corruption in the House, a favorable issue for a center-right country, and a motivated and energetic Republican conference.
In the fall of 2009, it became quite clear that the lifespan of the Democratic majority was expiring in November 2010. Instead of focusing on the economy, the Obama administration spent all of its political capital on health care reform. Speaker of the Chamber Nancy pelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrats Push For Vote On Social Spending Plan Until Friday McCarthy Delays Swift Spending Plan Approval With Extensive Speech On Floor Overnight Healthcare – Presented By Emergent Biosolutions – Pfizer, COVID Pill Deal- 19 US strike PLUS (D-Calif.) He had his moderates walk on the platform of climate change legislation that never got anywhere in the Senate. And ex President ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Bursting the Progressive Bubble Can America Prevent a Cold War That Causes Global Warming? Biden, Senior Officials Separated to Promote Infrastructure Package MORE he himself became a polarizing figure that inspired a Tea Party revolt.
The key difference between 1994 and 2010 came with the government agenda. Gingrich had one and Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner Fehery: The next Republican wave is coming The rift widens between business groups and the Republican Party Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE (R-Ohio) did not. The Contract with the United States had a specific set of promises that could be achieved by looking at the fine print, and those promises began with a full review by the House of Representatives. The Tea Party, on the other hand, was an incoherent jumble of the unattainable (repealing ObamaCare) and the incomprehensible (keeping government hands off Medicare) as the movement grew into a mass of petty con artists using the passion of the moment. to make a few dollars.
The next Republican wave will be a reaction to the monumental overreach of the progressive movement. As always happens, Republicans fail because they try to do too little, while Democrats fail because they always try to do too much. President Biden campaigned like he was former President Clinton in his second term, but he has tried to govern like he was FDR, LBJ or Obama.
Biden’s bait and switch is only part of the Democrats’ problem. The American people don’t want more government. Sure, they’ll take the handouts, because free money is hard to resist. But voters instinctively understand that there is no such thing as free lunches. They blame the Democrats and the president for inflation and high gas prices (rightly), they blame the Democrats and the president for the risk of more government restrictions on freedom (rightly), they blame the Democrats and the president for failing schools (ex. the Glenn youngkinGlenn YoungkinRace is not central to the Rittenhouse case, but the media screams it anyway Youngkin says education may be a winning issue for the Republican Republican primaries in the race for the NH House of Representatives draws national attention MORE victory in Virginia), and blame the entire progressive movement for canceling culture, awakening, underfunding the police, and a widespread disdain for America and its cultural norms.
The left has become anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-free speech, anti-freedom, pro-globalist, pro-lockdown, pro-socialist, pro-COVID-19 hysteria, pro-climate hysteria, pro-mask and gender pro-flexion. It has become very easy to run against them.
That explains why Republicans will win in November. All the Republican Party has to say is “we are not them” and they will have a very good choice. We are not crazy. We are not socialists. We are not hysterical. We are for the family, for freedom, for economic growth, for people to go back to work.
Republicans don’t need a crazy agenda full of promises they can’t keep. They do not need to relive the 2020 presidential elections. They should not waste time looking back.
Democrats believe their only hope is to make this choice over the former President TrumpDonald Trump Republican Senate Candidate Says Fauci Is A ‘Mass Killer’, Should Be Imprisoned Instead Of A ‘Hero’ Rittenhouse Overnight Health Care – Presented By Emergent Biosolutions – Pfizer, The COVID-19 Pill Deal US Strike On The Money – House Democrats Ready To Build Back Better MORE. The media like that strategy because Trump is so good at ratings. But in reality, the only thing that will help the Democratic Party now is for them to move away from the progressive nonsense that has pushed Biden’s poll scores to record lows. That doesn’t seem very likely. So get ready for the next Republican wave. It will arrive in a city near you.
Feehery is an EFB Advocacy Partner and blogs at www.thefeeherytheory.com. He served as a spokesman for the former president Dennis HastertJohn (Dennis) Dennis HastertFeehery: The next Republican wave is coming Feehery: The Republican Party could have done better Feehery: The main theme of the counterrevolution MORE (R-Ill.), As communications director for former Representative Tom DeLay (R-Texas) when he was the majority whip and as a speechwriter for former House Minority Leader Bob Michel (R- Ill.).