(National Sentinel)Â Rage Against the Machine: On the same day GOP leaders ‘conceded defeat’ on repeal of Obamacare, an insurgent Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate rocked the establishment when he defeated incumbent Sen. Luther Strange.
First, Obamacare. As insurance premiums and deductibles continue to skyrocket past the point of absurd, a handful of Republicans who at one time voted unanimously to oppose the Affordable Care Act, then voted unanimously to repeal it, now refuse –Â refuseÂ — to backÂ any effort to even roll back the law’s most hated provisions.
Worse, these same Republicans wouldn’t even vote for a bill — the Graham-Cassidy legislation — that smacked ofÂ federalism. The bill provides Obamacare money to states in the form of block grants so that locally elected politicians who are closer to the people can decide how best to spend those dollars.
The bill also would have done away with the insurance mandates for employers and individuals, while repealing the unpopular tax on medical devices.Â It wasn’t full-on repeal, but it was good start.
And too fewÂ Republicans supported it — most of whom were in the same congressional classes of Republicans who once universally opposed the Obamacare law and supported its repeal.
This failureÂ of a basic, fundamental pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare is one the principal reasons why Sen. Luther Strange will become a regular citizen next January, and Judge Roy Moore, who defeated him, will become Alabama’s newest U.S. senator.
Moore, like Trump before him, has successfully ridden a wave of discontent among the conservative Republican rank-and-file that is sick and tired of being lied to, abused, taken for granted, and ignored.
But this insurgency won’t be limited to the red lines that form Alabama’s border. The shock of the GOP establishment’s loss will spread to other states, other seats that were once safely ensconced within the bosom of the Republican establishment.
As reported by theÂ Washington Post:
The stunning defeat of President Trumpâ€™s chosen Senate candidate in Alabama on Tuesday amounted to a political lightning strike â€” setting the stage for a worsening Republican civil war that could have profound effects on next yearâ€™s midterm elections and undermine Trumpâ€™s clout with his core voters.
The GOP primary victory by conservative firebrand Roy Moore over Sen. Luther Strange could also produce a stampede of Republican retirements in the coming months and an energized swarm of challengers.
Before Democrats take their victory lap, there is no joy in Mudville for them, either.
Democratic voters’ inability to push Hillary Clinton over the finish line, plus the stunning popularity of the far-Left presidential candidacy of consummate old white guy Sen. Bernie Sanders, means that the Donkey Party has its own insurgency to deal with as well.
And already there are signs of fissure on their side of the aisle. The farthest of the far-Left within the party — Sens. Kamala Harris of California; Liz Warren of Massachusetts; and “independent” Sanders — are the new stars. Clinton’s DNC establishment is on the downward slide and has its own credibility problems.
Trouble is, as the Democrats move the Left of Hitler, Stalin, Marx, and Mao, the party will lose even more of the country. Standing up for “what you believe in” is all well and good, but not when it involves disrespecting the American flag, “protesting” the National Anthem, or using domestic terrorists to shut down free speech on college campuses. What plays well in Seattle, LA, Boston, and NYC are non-starters in America’s vast, electorally-rich heartland.
There is a political insurgency underway in America.Â Trump began this political transformation. The people will complete it.
Let the games begin.
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