Now the GOP Must Legislate

Tuesday’s decisive Republican victory will be followed by weeks of the press assuring us it didn’t happen. The real question is: what does it mean? Which GOP will control Congress?

In one regard the pundits will be right: it won’t change a thing. Because Obama will not change. He didn’t know how to be an executive in 2008; he still doesn’t. All he knows how to do is run for office. So, for the next two years—and probably many thereafter—that’s what he’ll continue to do. Cris-crossing the country to stand in front of rent-a-crowds telling us the GOP is obstructing progress.

Change will be up to the GOP. The Republicans can pass arch-conservative feel-good legislation for him to veto. Or they could pass good legislation, which he’ll also veto, but which makes it clear that the White House, not Congress, is the problem.

Whatever their broader plan, the GOP needs to pass lots of good-for-the country bills regularly—starting with a budget. They need to demonstrate which end of Pennsylvania Avenue is obstructing.

The bellwether? Obamacare, of course. If the Republicans go after Obamacare repeal, they’re blowing their chance to govern and helping the Democrats in 2016. Yes, they have to deal with it, but not first.

The voters have repudiated the President. If the GOP can’t legislate, the voters will repudiate them in 2016, setting up a repeat of 2008.

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