President Obama Has Used His Executive Powers To Break The Republican Party

 

The fact that congressional Republicans have completely self-destructed over President Obama’s immigration executive orders illustrates how the president has used his executive powers to break the Republican Party.

According to The Hill, Republican infighting is growing over the House-passed bill that would fund Homeland Security while overturning President Obama’s immigration executive actions, “GOP infighting between the House and Senate is growing as Republicans work to prevent a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department at the end of the month. House conservatives on Thursday pointedly criticized Senate Republicans for saying a House-approved bill funding the agency and reversing President Obama’s executive actions on immigration was dead in the Senate.”

In the first six weeks that Republicans have had control of Congress, they have passed one bill that became a law. The rest of their time has been split between passing dead on arrival legislation (attacks on Obamacare and authorizing Keystone XL) and fighting with each other over President Obama’s executive actions.

The president successfully derailed the Republican agenda through a series of targeted executive actions on issues that divide the GOP. Obama has successfully fractured and broken the Republican majority by exploiting divides within their party. The White House had planned this strategy for months before the 2014 election. Republicans never saw it coming.

Mitch McConnell said that he was shocked that President Obama wasn’t going to roll over for Republicans after the midterm election. By December 2014, McConnell was perplexed by the president’s behavior. By January 2015, the Senate Majority Leader was whining that the President had ignored the midterm election.

What has happened is that President Obama has divided the Republican Party and destroyed any momentum that the new majority could have had. Republican control of the Senate only served to raise the expectations of those on the right and make the infighting worse. In two weeks, the Department of Homeland Security is going to shut down, and Republicans have no plan.

The potential Homeland Security shut down is a black eye in the making for Republicans that was caused by President Obama’s constitutional use of his executive powers. The president has Republicans on a string, and each executive has been a tug that forces Boehner and McConnell to dance to his tune.

38 Replies to “President Obama Has Used His Executive Powers To Break The Republican Party”

  1. The Republicans are going INSANE! A little dose of their own poison pill from Obama is driving them to run into each other and bounce against the walls, while moaning, bitching and whining. It is Satisfying to watch them get played by Obama and his administration’s strategists.

  2. The GOP are so full of hate, they make bad decisions. That’s what hatred does, it causes strife, division, narrow-mindness, and a lost of morals. You will never make the right decision under these circumstances.

  3. You would have thought they would have learn their lesson from 2009whenthe republicans thought they would show the President who was the smartest one in the room when they had a sit down which was televised.

  4. Fear….fear leads to anger, anger leads to hatred…hatred leads to the dark side of the force…

  5. Looks like Chris “GOPLifer” Ladd’s warning is coming to fruition. He has said that the Republican wins in last midterm elections predicts the destruction of the Republican Party…and he is correct.

    “Few things are as dangerous to a long term strategy as a short-term victory. Republicans this week scored the kind of win that sets one up for spectacular, catastrophic failure and no one is talking about it.

    What emerges from the numbers is the continuation of a trend that has been in place for almost two decades. Once again, Republicans are disappearing from the competitive landscape at the national level across the most heavily populated sections of the country while intensifying their hold on a declining electoral bloc of aging, white, rural voters. The 2014 election not only continued that doomed pattern, it doubled down on it.
    http://blog.chron.com/goplifer/2014/11/the-missing-story-of-the-2014-election/#28114101=0

  6. This points out a problem that exists in our congressional system: Why do the rules allow riders or amendments to be attached to a bill that have no bearing on the original bill?

  7. Why would you think that? (I know you don’t really!) The Repubs still believe trickle-down works. They don’t learn anything; they cling to their Reaganomics and the Dems have to clean up after them. Sad sacks, the lot of them. Too bad the rest of you have to suffer for their ineptness.

  8. Because they make the rules..

    All bills go before the rules committee before they can go to the floor.

    They all have to vote on the rules

    Then the entire House has to ok them

  9. President Obama is brilliant! Nobody is going to pull the wool over his eye.

    Absolutely love what POTUS is doing!

  10. After 6 years of the neo confederates country last bovine excrement, this is Presidents Obama new Presidential Seal
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  11. Bill, definitely agree with that!

    The GOP doesn’t even have someone with 1/4 of the smarts and honesty of POTUS. They are not even in the running.

  12. I have been saying that for years! I think a long, long time ago it might have helped speed things up bc they had to get back to their plantations to work and then they became weapons attached to vital things that needed to be done…I think we should not mix apples and oranges…we need clean bills that succinct and get the job done…remember funding of government with an attachment cutting Dodd-Frank…no good comes from this…also just do majorities and stop gerrymandering…go for what the people vote…maybe it wasn’t a move to defeat the republicans…maybe he did the right thing and the republicans defeated themselves by not taking care of ‘we the people’?

  13. Nothing new here, the Prez was beating these idiots like a drum long before he began using executive power, it’s just more pronounced since the GOP won the last elections.

  14. The House and Senate are currently run by three repub groups: The “We Really Really Really Hate Hate Hate Obama (stamps foot)” group, the cartoon villains group “It’s time to destroy EvilOsamaObamaMan”, and the truly insane “We must change everything so Obama’s existence is wiped from our re-written history books” group. Of course, none of these groups are willing to compromise on anything because it’s a sign of weakness to compromise.

    The Democrats will need to order more popcorn and beer for this one. fortunately the White House has a nice micro-brew they’ve been making for just such an occasion.

  15. It does not appear to be anything new. When the Confedercy Constitution was written two interesting items allow for the inference that loaded bills was even then a problem. The first item was to give the president of the confedercy a line item veto; and second was to require that any bill or an amendment to a bill be about the title of the bill itself.

  16. Barry Goldwater warned the GOP not to let the religious right take over the party because they refuse to compromise on anything believing their own bigoted views are shared by the big old white Anglo Saxon in the sky.

  17. ALERT, ALERT!!! “Beware-people” the republicans and their corporate “Slave Masters” and “Religious-leaders” will (it appears) “stop at nothing” to take “full-control” of the U.S. Govt.. Remember that John Boehner (Republican) is #2 in line of succession to the Presidency of the U.S. (following the Vice President) and Orrin Hatch (Republican) is #3 in line should something happen to the President and the V.P. and John Boehner. I really hate to bring this point up. But I would not put “anything” past these EVIL racist people. “Beware”!!! These republicans are acting like they are actual “lunatics”. They cannot be trusted. In my opinion.

  18. The mythical Reganism is a religion. Of course lowering taxes increases tax revenue, of course letting the richest of the rich getting riches pulls us all up the economic ladder, and of course the USA was founded as a Christian nation.

    You might as well try to talk Christians out of believing the Jesus story.

    Having faith means giving up questioning.

    GOP adherents have given up questioning the orthodox GOP political religion, even when it fail miserably-see 2000-2008.

  19. Must agree Bill. Not to long ago my Son and I were having a conversation. I said I thought the PRES, WAS SETTING A TRAP FOR THE THUGS. Hunters set traps. Seems our Pres is a great hunter. Trap set and trap set off. Eliminate some of the vermin Mr. Pres. The country.. thanks you…

  20. When the President was elected irreversible damage was done to the GOP psyche. Too much faith was placed in John(the US economy is sound)McCain and Sarah (I can see Russia from my house) Palin and the election results devastated republicans. We are still seeing the results of the mindset that became the political norm, obstruction.

    What they did not realize is that this President was ready, willing and able to give as well as take. The President himself best describes it this way. “Anything that I am for, the Republican are against, even if it was originally their idea. He has always been a few steps ahead of them because they are too predictable. The havoc created by the executive order had done more than just stop the GOP’s legislative agenda, it has
    shown republican voters how much campaign promises are worth. What’s next?

  21. Obama’s approval numbers are up since the midterms. GOP approval and trust numbers way down. The GOP promised to focus on the middle class and average americans before their midterm wins and then promptly attempted to pass the ENTIRE Koch Brother Agenda within the first few weeks of the new Congress, starting with their centerpiece- the Keystone XL. Big, big mistake.

  22. So all of you feel good about the President of the United States being muslim and that his executive orders were within his constitutional rights? I’m not talking shit. But I wish somebody could explain to me how granting amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants, pulling our troops out of Iraq (or any of his foreign policy decisions for that matter), etc., could be GOOD for America?

  23. You may not be talking shit but your dumbass is full of shit you racist idiot. The President is not a Muslim. There is no granting amnesty and I dare your stupid ass to find it in his order. Iraq didn’t want to sign a SOFA, OH WAIT you are a dumbass that would be a Status of forces agreement with bush so our troops had to be withdrawn. BTW you big dummy did you serve?

    Now go back and do some homework boy and get off of mommies computer

  24. SEEMS LIKE BONER IN MUCH NEED A OF A RECESS CAUSE THE LACK OF LIQUOR AND SCOTCH IS EATING HIS INSIDES UP,HE REMINDS ME OF THE ROLE DEAN MARTIN PLAYED IN THE MOVIE RIO BRAVO WITH JOHN WAYNE DRUNK DEPUTIZED SHERIFF,EVERY TIME HE DRIED OUT HE WENT AND GOT A BOTTLE AND EVERY BODY WAS LAUGHING AT HIS ALCOHOLIC ASS AND OLD TIMEY COW BOY YEEE DOGGIES GRAND PAW MCCOY DUDE WALTER BRENNAN ,HE ,S SO RPEDICATABLE HE LKEEPS BRING ING UP THE SAME CHYT TRYING TOG ET SOMETHING ON OBAMA TO IMEPACH HIM HE IS OUT OF IDEAS AND HASNOTHING TO OFFER THE AMERICANPEOPLE HE IS HAS PUT HIMSELF INABOX TAKING ALL THAT ILELGLA NMONEY TO BUY HIMSELF ASOH INTHE HOUSE OF REPS AND NPOW HE IS OWNED BY THE KOCH BRTPHERS ,IF BONER GETS OUT OF LINE HIS BOSSES COULD EXTERMINATE HIM HE IS ALOSER AND GOING TO FAIL MISERBALY HE HAS CONERED HIMSELF INTOABOX AND CANT GES GOING TO DERAIL THE IRAQ US NUCLEAR TALKS NETANYAHOO IS GOING TO BE WORTHLESS AFTER MARCH13TH

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