Neither conservatives nor Democrats killed the GOP in 2018, it was suicide

As the GOP continues with its postmortem examination of the 2018 election, party leadership is desperately looking for the killer responsible for the death of the former party of Reagan instead of admitting that it was a suicide.

Last week, the Republican coroner in the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, determined that the party’s loss to Nancy Pelosi was due to conservatives who attempted to keep their promise to repeal Obamacare. In reality, Republicans killed their chance to retain control of the House by paving the Democrats’ road to victory with asphalt made out of the GOP’s broken promises.

In the U.S. Senate, faux-conservative Ron Johnson of Wisconsin — Liberty Score® 62% (D) — took a more nuanced approach since the GOP managed to maintain control of the “upper house.”

In an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press, Johnson classified the GOP’s demise as an occupational fatality — the result of being forced to do work in an unsafe workplace environment where Republicans failed because they didn’t have control of Congress.

For the uninitiated, the GOP had control of both chambers from 2014-2018 and held the trifecta of power (House, Senate, president) for the first two years of Trump’s presidency.

When asked in the interview why the GOP didn’t do more about issues like financing the border wall when they held the majority over the past two years, Johnson replied:

“You said we controlled both chambers. We didn’t. We had a majority in the Senate. So you don’t control it. We needed Democrats to support us and they’ve been unified in trying to thwart this president’s number one issue in the campaign, which was to secure the border.

“So no, we didn’t have control. We needed Democrats, we never had any cooperation from Democrats, which is regrettable.”

Considering that he works for Mitch McConnell — the man who pledged to “crush” conservatives and once blamed talk radio for his failures — it’s a pretty safe bet that Johnson got his talking points from Mickey.

The Republican Party we once knew is deceased, but it wasn’t murdered by conservatives and/or Democrats. The GOP killed itself.

Come to think of it, when you consider that Trump controls the GOP, you could say that their death is actually the result of an assisted suicide.



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