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Capitol Hill’s Invisible GOP “Leaders”

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The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
Reverend Theodore Hesburgh

The “uncertain trumpet” has become a hallmark of the Republican Party’s so-called leadership. From the local party level, to the state and national GOP legislative and party leadership, aside from President Donald Trump, few who hold leadership positions in the Republican Party can be counted on to attack the Democrats or articulate clearly, let alone forcefully and on every occasion, the principles and vision of the Republican Party.

And the problem is particularly acute on Capitol Hill, where leadership is most crucially needed.

The headline events of last week – the Democrats’ introduction of HB 2491, a bill to allow infanticide in Virginia, the revelation of the racist past of Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph Northam and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unequivocal statement that there would be no money for a wall on our southern border in the spending bill now being negotiated – revealed Capitol Hill’s Republican leaders to be feckless, cowardly and unwilling to fight for the Party’s principles.

Indeed, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Minority Whip Steve Scalise and the rest of the House GOP leadership team and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Assistant Republican Leader John Thune and Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso have not just been reluctant to engage in these three defining battles, they have been completely invisible.

And fighting for the Wall, opposing a bill that removes all restraints on abortion up until the moment of birth and calling for the resignation of a Democrat Governor whose racist past was revealed after he ran a race baiting campaign against his Republican opponent should not have been hard.

A recent poll dissected by CHQ and Rush Limbaugh showed that over 90 percent of Republican primary voters support declaring a national emergency to build the Wall.

According to a Marist poll conducted in January 2019, 63% of Americans would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. And 92% of Republicans and 61% of Democrats want “significant restrictions” on abortions.

As our friend Tony Perkins noted in a recent column for USA Today, after 51 million children have been legally aborted in this country, and the coarsening effects on society that have followed, Americans are ready for some meaningful limits on abortion, yet the Republican Party’s Capitol Hill “leaders” were completely silent when New York Democrats enacted an infanticide bill and Virginia Democrats launched HB 2491 to follow suit.

If those two policy battles were “gimmies” in the parlance of golf for the GOP leadership, the photo and other revelations about Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam’s racist past should have sparked a statement of outrage from any Republican leader who still has a pulse.*

Northam ran his campaign using the kind of race-baiting tactics and messaging that have become standard elements of the Democrat Party’s playbook in the Old Dominion and other states with large African – American and Hispanic populations.

Aided by a corrupt establishment media, Democrats continually promote the idea that conservatives and Republicans are inherently racist, and that capitalism and constitutional liberty are “white” concepts that people of color should automatically reject as white supremacist ideas.

Calling out Northam for appearing in blackface or a Ku Klux Klan outfit it is still unclear who is who in the photo, and posting the picture on his medical school yearbook page no less, and inquiring how he got the nickname “Coonman” at Virginia Military Institute, should have been a simple exercise in identifying and pointing out Democrat hypocrisy on race.

We contrast the feckless invisibility of McCarthy, McConnell and the rest of the Capitol Hill Republican leaders with the zest for no holds barred political combat displayed by President Donald Trump.

In an interview with the Daily Caller, reported by NBC4, President Trump harshly criticized Northam and Democratic Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran's advocacy of late-term abortion.

"I'm surprised that he did that, I've met him a number of times," Trump said, noting that he saw a video of Tran discussing the bill earlier that morning, but hadn't yet heard Northam’s remarks.

"I thought it was terrible," Trump said of Tran's comments. "Do you remember when I said Hillary Clinton was willing to rip the baby out of the womb? That's what it is, that’s what they’re doing, it's terrible."

The president added, "This is going to lift up the whole pro-life movement like maybe it's never been lifted up before...I think this will very much lift up the issue because people have never thought of it in those terms."

President Trump later called Northam’s yearbook photo “unforgivable” on Saturday, tweeting the reversal occurred “24 hours after apologizing for appearing in the picture.” He also hit the Democrat again for his defense of the infanticide allowed by HB 2491 tweeting:

Democrat Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia just stated, “I believe that I am not either of the people in that photo.” This was 24 hours after apologizing for appearing in the picture and after making the most horrible statement on “super” late term abortion. Unforgivable!

President Trump is right, but we will never see similar leadership from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Minority Whip Steve Scalise and the rest of the House GOP leadership team and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Assistant Republican Leader John Thune and Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso because holding Democrats to the same standards to which they hold Republicans apparently violates the unilateral disarmament treaty Capitol Hill Republican leaders have with themselves.

The toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) we urge CHQ readers and friends to call House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Minority Whip Steve Scalise and the rest of the House GOP leadership team and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Assistant Republican Leader John Thune and Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso to tell them Republican primary filing season is coming up fast and you demand they get in the fight, lead the battle for the conservative agenda and hold Democrats like Ralph Northam to the same standards Democrats apply to Republicans, or you will find and support a candidate who will.

*I note for the record that last night, after Freshman Senator Ben Sasse introduced a bill to address the criminal infanticide of the proposed Virginia legislation, Mitch McConnell endorsed Sasse's bill. Likewise, second term Representative Liz Cheney, the House Republican Conference Chairwoman, came out swinging against the Democrats' abortion agenda in an email to supporters sent late yesterday.  I think this proves my point that to the extent there is leadership on these issues in the Capitol Hill GOP it is coming from the junior members of the Party, not its nominal "leaders."

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Republicans

The Republican Party is useless. Unwilling to support President Trump and the platform he was elected on they will cost us big time in 2020. Never mind the religious anti birth cont4rol fiddling. Get behind the wall and stop the invasion of illeqals. All immigrants will vote Democrat and will take over the country. Look at all the places speaking Spanish, "press 1 for Spanish" We are losing this without a fight.

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You have definitely hit the target dead on. Everything you say about the GOP leaders is fact. Gutless cowards all of them. The GOP has many Rino's because the allow and coddle them. Please note the democrat party has no Dino's because they don't allow them. If one gets in they are quickly driven out by scandal or a primary.

RINO obstruction continues

Kudo's!!! You named every one of the treasonous RINO leadership. "Indeed, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Minority Whip Steve Scalise and the rest of the House GOP leadership team and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Assistant Republican Leader John Thune and Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso have not just been reluctant to engage in these three defining battles, they have been completely invisible." They have ALWAYS been RINO's NOT Republicans, which is why they have no problem obstructing. Paul Ryan, Jeff Flake all cut from the same cloth. The Republican Party is only useless, because it has been infiltrated by anti-Republican RINOs - otherwise known as Libertarian Conservatives, as opposed to Libertarian Progressives (ie, Democrat Party) Two sides of the same coin.

Cuomo and Northam are not thinking of murder, they're too busy thinking about all the money their states will make selling fully formed baby body parts.