For the past two years, the Republican party — suffering from a lack of any actual ideas — has generally been obstructing anything the President and Democrats in Congress want to pass. Even the “The Party of No’s” own members have noted that they lack any solutions to the problems facing the country.
Last month, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was asked what the GOP’s agenda would be going into the midterm elections, but he couldn’t offer anything up. “I won’t scoop myself,” he said. Six weeks later, McConnell is still empty handed:
Senate Republicans are working with the House GOP on the creation of a midterm election agenda for incumbents and challengers to run on in the fall campaign, but are largely deferring to their counterparts on the specifics. [...]
House and Senate Republican leaders have declined to discuss the specifics of what the agenda will contain — “I’m not going to scoop ourselves,” McConnell said Monday. But the document will probably focus on job creation, improving economic growth, reducing government spending and other issues that have polled well with likely midterm election voters.
Luckily for the GOP, Crossroads GPS, the advocacy arm of Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie’s “shadow RNC” American Crossroads has come up with something. Unfortunately for the GOP, it’s just more of what they have been doing over the last 18 months. As the conservative Daily Caller noted, “instead of things they think the GOP should do, the agenda…is made up mostly of things they think Republicans should oppose or eliminate.”
Republicans said their new agenda will be based on their “Americans Speaking Out” project — a website designed for ordinary Americans to log on, suggest ideas and vote for others. But again, unfortunately for the GOP, the proposal that recently received the most “interest” on the website is a progressive one.
But if and when the GOP releases its platform, it’s likely to consist of the same platitudes and generalities of “less taxes” and “less spending.” Indeed, when Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) — the number three Republican in the House — was asked recently what, besides tax cuts, he would propose to help the economy, Pence said tax cuts.