No matter who we elect as president, it is hard to imagine how Republicans in the House of Representatives will be anymore responsive to the will of the American people than they were the last session when, under the leadership of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, they set a record low for not getting anything done.

During President Barack Obama’s first term in office, McConnell implored his fellow Republicans to make it their first priority to see to it that he did not get a second term in office. As hard as they worked to reach that goal, they failed.

The succeeded, however, in forcing Boehner out, and had great difficulty in finding anybody willing to take the once sought-after position.

The biggest failure of the Republican Party was yet to come when they failed to get an establishment guy like Jeb Bush to become the nominee. They spent so much time bickering among themselves that they are now forced to get behind someone with no political or foreign relations experience.

Their nominee will be the one who put out not the best platform but the best juvenile, guttural, pernicious and personal insults appealing to the masses of Republican voters with whom the party had lost touch.

Donald Trump hasn’t even taken office and his lack of foreign relations experience has elicited the outrage and condemnation of long-term allies like the U.K., France and Mexico.

The sad part for America? Guys like Trump get elected along with other haters like McConnell and, worse, get re-elected decade after decade while just a minority of Americans turn out to get the facts and vote accordingly.

Where are the Chases, Cohens, Snowes and Mitchells, statesmen out there willing to step up to the plate and return dignity to the U.S. Congress?

Patrick Eisenhart

Augusta


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