There’s a natural reluctance among liberals toward outright sabotage of the Republican Party. The attempt to try to salvage the political career Thad Cochran (with argument summed here) is an example. But I think that there are enormous upsides to getting rid of these guys: their replacements tend to be less adept at spin, inevitably have less institutional memory, and have ideological and attitudinal attachments that sabotage the accomplishment of valued ideological goals by the conservative side. For example, here’s newly-minted House Majority Leader (and my former Congressman, once upon a time) Kevin McCarthy:

“The Senate has not moved anything. They never send something to the president’s desk. So, how do you even negotiate with the president if he doesn’t have a bill on his desk?” McCarthy asked, explaining that the Democrat-controlled Senate blocks bills and keeps the House bills from the President.

Keep in mind that this is the second-most powerful Republican in the House now, and one of the most powerful in the country, and this is the best he could come up with? The argument is that gridlock is the Senate’s fault because the Senate won’t “allow” House bills that almost certainly can’t get a majority through (before being vetoed by the president)? How is that an obstacle? It might be an obstacle toward more efficient blackmailing and crisis generation, if that’s what he means, but it almost doesn’t. Also, once the bill is on Obama’s desk there’s very little to negotiate over. This is a serious step down from Eric Cantor’s spinning abilities, though it’s perfect if all you’re trying to do is to get FOX News to show a clip because to do that you just have to give people a little target for a minute or two’s hate. And the more of the “establishment” types that go down means more people like this, or like Ted Cruz, who lack any kind of skill set for media relations, whose audience is only FOX/Rush/Drudge.

Of course, the other possibility is that McCarthy actually believes this, but I tend to discount that.


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