Tuesday night was a shellacking — a big, good old-fashioned, glorious shellacking. At the national level, the voting populace definitively rejected Obama-era reactionary progressivism as the sclerotic, intellectually vapid, and more generally failed stain on the American political conscience that it is. However, now that Republicans control the entire Congress and begin the work of trying to construct a legislative agenda — either to meaningfully enact common-sense bills or simply to present a legislative contrast in advance of 2016 — the onus is even more on conservative activists to watch GOP congressional leadership like a hawk.
Though the Republican Party in 2014 ran on a rather substance-less platform that might charitably be called simply “anti-Obama,” we ought still delve a bit deeper into the more granular policy details of what Republican leadership has vowed to do over the past five years. First and foremost, naturally, is the systematic “repeal[ing] and replac[ing]” of Obamacare. Less discussed, but still very much a part of the party’s 2012 presidential platform, was a repeal of Obamacare’s repugnantly Statist “pass the law to find out what’s in it” cousin, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Paul RyanHouse Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard59%-esque Medicare reform, comprehensive individual income tax reform, comprehensive corporate tax reform and a shift toward “territorial” taxation, auditing the Fed, putting the federal budget on track to balance, REINS Act-style regulatory streamlining, ending market-distorting alternative energy subsidies, finally securing the border — these are all policies that have either explicitly or implicitly been very much a part of the Republican agenda since the rise of the Tea Party movement in 2009, or at least since the party retook control of the House in the historic 2010 midterms.
Now, the reality is that Barack Obama is still the President, and that the legislative filibuster remains a tool through which soon-to-be MINORITY Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry ReidSenate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard11% can block most legislation. But the legislative prerogative is now exclusively in the hands of Republican Party congressional leadership, and regardless of the obvious truism that a hapless President cost his totalitarian party this election much more so than Reince …read more