Theoretically, the President should have been able to achieve all of his goals because the Republicans control all branches of government. Unfortunately, the inept congressional leadership has not produced any major victories for the President or his 63 million supporters.
In essence, the “swamp” has not been drained but the “swamp creatures” are trying to drown the populist, nationalist agenda of President Trump. Clearly, the GOP needs more change agents in Congress. Republicans have too many moderate and establishment members who like “business as usual.” Thus, the President’s call to repeal and replace Obamacare, cut taxes, build a border wall and provide Americans with improved infrastructure is not being heeded. With the clock ticking toward the mid-term elections, the time is running out for the President’s agenda to be implemented.
Next Tuesday in Alabama, Republican voters will have an outstanding opportunity to provide the President with some crucial assistance. There is an election to replace the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in February. The interim Senator, Luther Strange, is facing former State Supreme Court Chief Judge Roy Moore in the GOP run-off.
The Republican Party establishment wing desperately wants Strange to win this election. The poster child for the establishment Republicans is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who has been in the U.S. Senate for almost 33 years. It is no surprise that McConnell is strongly supporting Strange in his race against Moore, who is a bona fide conservative leader with a strong history of leading the fight in the courts for traditional values.
McConnell’s political action committee is pumping big money into Alabama to help Strange. Most importantly, Strange is going to get a big boost today by a visit from President Trump to Huntsville, AL. The President has been tweeting messages of support for “Big Luther,” and will lead today’s rally on his behalf.
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Curiously, Strange is a former lobbyist who supported CAFTA, a trade deal that shipped thousands of Alabama jobs to Central America. In contrast, President Trump campaigned vigorously on a platform of ending unfair trade deals.
Unlike Strange, Judge Moore is an ardent conservative who fought against gay marriage and supported the Ten Commandments while on the Alabama Supreme Court. He is being supported by many of the President’s most vocal supporters, including Fox News host Sean Hannity, former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former White House official Sebastian Gorka.
This runoff election pits an establishment “swamp creature” McConnell and his establishment colleagues against the true conservative reformers who supported President Trump in the 2016 election. Evidently, the President is supporting Strange to bolster the standing of McConnell before the key Senate votes on tax reform and repealing Obamacare.
Strange may be supporting the President’s agenda currently, but his allegiance is really with McConnell. He initially sent a letter supporting McConnell’s position to keep the 60-vote threshold in the Senate. Later, Strange changed his view to align with President Trump, but only after finishing second to Moore in the primary election.
As Senator, Strange declined to co-sponsor the RAISE Act, an immigration bill that is supported by President Trump. Strange also voted to place additional sanctions on Russia and limiting the authority of the President to rescind the measure. While the President signed the legislation, he was clearly perturbed at the infringement on his executive authority.
Judge Moore is the type of anti-establishment Republican that the U.S. Senate desperately needs. If he wins, other real conservatives would be encouraged to take on incumbent Senators in 2018. The current Republican line up of U.S. Senators needs to be radically changed with an infusion of new blood and new ideas. This can only come from the outside, from the grassroots, not the Beltway.
If Strange wins, McConnell will be bolstered and it will be more of the same inaction from the U.S. Senate. Something dramatic is needed to undo the logjam in the U.S. Senate. The election of Judge Moore to represent the people of Alabama would be a good first step.