Five Keys to Ensure GOP Victory in the Midterms

by Jon Fournier | October 18th, 2018

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Five Keys to Ensure GOP Victory in the Midterms

With the midterms just under three weeks away, I’m cau­tiously opti­mistic the Repub­li­can Party will main­tain a very nar­row major­ity in both the House and Sen­ate. I wish I could be more con­fi­dent in my pre­dic­tion, and in the GOP’s per­for­mance in this most cru­cial midterm elec­tion. I would be more con­fi­dent if the Repub­li­cans inhab­it­ing both Houses of the United States Con­gress actu­ally gave the Amer­i­can peo­ple rea­sons to feel good about vot­ing for them.

Based on their per­for­mance the past two years, the most accu­rate cam­paign slo­gan for the Repub­li­cans in Con­gress would be: ”vote for us because we’re not as bad as the Democ­rats.” With the Demo­c­rat Party bend­ing more and more towards the rad­i­cal left, this elec­tion should be a Repub­li­can land­slide. Unfor­tu­nately the major­ity of Repub­li­cans cur­rently serv­ing in the United States Sen­ate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives have aban­doned too many of their key prin­ci­ples and have stopped lis­ten­ing to the peo­ple who nor­mally would be their staunchest sup­port­ers. They have also acquired the skele­tal struc­ture of an invertebrate.

Here is some key leg­is­la­tion the Repub­li­cans should imme­di­ately bring up for vote. It is not nec­es­sary that the leg­is­la­tion actu­ally pass as long as the Repub­li­cans fight a good fight for each one. It is the fight that is nec­es­sary along with the strong stand for prin­ci­ples that were once the cor­ner­stone of the Repub­li­can Party. Fight­ing for tra­di­tional Repub­li­can prin­ci­ples is the first key to a resound­ing Repub­li­can victory.

Even though the Repub­li­cans have tried and failed so many times, they need to vote to repeal Oba­maCare one more time. This time they need to high­light the numer­ous fail­ures and hor­rors of Oba­maCare, mak­ing that the focus of the debate. They must also stress the dev­as­ta­tion that would be caused by imple­ment­ing Medicare for All. It is the mes­sag­ing and the debate that would be essen­tial for the Repub­li­cans to profit from one more failed attempt,

Fight­ing to make the most recent tax cuts per­ma­nent, and greatly expand­ing them, so they would become true tax reform, is also a key to resound­ing vic­tory. The ear­lier tax reform was barely ade­quate yet pro­duced very pos­i­tive results that are being felt on Main Street. A tax reform pack­age that would have earned praise from Mil­ton Fried­man would be the most ben­e­fi­cial to the Amer­i­can peo­ple and to the Repub­li­can elec­tion chances.

The Repub­li­can Party was once best known for being the party of fis­cal respon­si­bil­ity. Now it appears that those in the US Con­gress can’t even spell that phrase any­more. Leg­is­la­tion that would greatly slash spend­ing across the board would be a huge win for the party and the Amer­i­can peo­ple. If the con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans returned to their prin­ci­ples by try­ing to pass this leg­is­la­tion, the debate would pro­vide a most needed con­trast with the Democrats.

One of the issues that pro­pelled Pres­i­dent Trump to vic­tory was his promise to build the wall along our South­ern bor­der. So far the Repub­li­cans in Wash­ing­ton DC have done lit­tle to bring this wall into exis­tence. An imme­di­ate attempt to fund the Wall would greatly ener­gize the Repub­li­can base and the debate would be most beneficial.

Unfor­tu­nately those up for reelec­tion are most likely out cam­paign­ing right now instead of actu­ally gov­ern­ing. Because of that they are prob­a­bly miss­ing many key oppor­tu­ni­ties to actu­ally sway vot­ers and to do what vot­ers actu­ally sent them to Wash­ing­ton DC to do.

With the midterms just under three weeks away, I’m cautiously optimistic the Republican Party will maintain a very narrow majority in both the House and Senate.  I wish I could be more confident in my prediction, and in the GOP’s performance in this most crucial midterm election.  I would be more confident if the Republicans inhabiting both Houses of the United States Congress actually gave the American people reasons to feel good about voting for them.

Based on their performance the past two years, the most accurate campaign slogan for the Republicans in Congress would be: ”vote for us because we’re not as bad as the Democrats.”  With the Democrat Party bending more and more towards the radical left, this election should be a Republican landslide.   Unfortunately the majority of Republicans currently serving in the United States Senate and House of Representatives have abandoned too many of their key principles and have stopped listening to the people who normally would be their staunchest supporters.  They have also acquired the skeletal structure of an invertebrate.

Here is some key legislation the Republicans should immediately bring up for vote.  It is not necessary that the legislation actually pass as long as the Republicans fight a good fight for each one.  It is the fight that is necessary along with the strong stand for principles that were once the cornerstone of the Republican Party.  Fighting for traditional Republican principles is the first key to a resounding Republican victory.

Even though the Republicans have tried and failed so many times, they need to vote to repeal ObamaCare one more time.  This time they need to highlight the numerous failures and horrors of ObamaCare, making that the focus of the debate.  They must also stress the devastation that would be caused by implementing Medicare for All.  It is the messaging and the debate that would be essential for the Republicans to profit from one more failed attempt,

Fighting to make the most recent tax cuts permanent, and greatly expanding them, so they would become true tax reform, is also a key to resounding victory.  The earlier tax reform was barely adequate yet produced very positive results that are being felt on Main Street.  A tax reform package that would have earned praise from Milton Friedman would be the most beneficial to the American people and to the Republican election chances.

The Republican Party was once best known for being the party of fiscal responsibility.  Now it appears that those in the US Congress can’t even spell that phrase anymore.  Legislation that would greatly slash spending across the board would be a huge win for the party and the American people.  If the congressional Republicans returned to their principles by trying to pass this legislation, the debate would provide a most needed contrast with the Democrats.

One of the issues that propelled President Trump to victory was his promise to build the wall along our Southern border.  So far the Republicans in Washington DC have done little to bring this wall into existence.  An immediate attempt to fund the Wall would greatly energize the Republican base and the debate would be most beneficial.

Unfortunately those up for reelection are most likely out campaigning right now instead of actually governing.  Because of that they are probably missing many key opportunities to actually sway voters and to do what voters actually sent them to Washington DC to do.

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