In spite of this enormous setback, I am not blackpilled on reengaging in mainstream politics, which I continue to believe is the best path forward.
“The House passed the nearly $1.7 trillion long-term, government funding bill 225-201 on Friday ahead of a looming deadline. One member voted “present.”
Why it matters: The legislation will fund the government through next September — preventing the new Congress from being thrust into yet another spending fight when Republicans take control of the House in January. …”
Mitch McConnell & Co. aren’t growing stronger.
Jamming through the Porkulus on Christmas Eve was a sign of weakness, not strength. The reason that Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans held this wildly unpopular vote is because they were afraid that Ukraine would get defunded by the incoming House Republican majority. Half of House Republicans didn’t even bother to attend Zelensky’s speech to Congress. Bringing Zelensky over to Washington to personally address Congress to beg for funding was an act of desperation.
In the end, only 9 House Republicans voted for the Porkulus. 7 of those 9 including Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger aren’t returning to Congress. In the Senate, 18 Senate Republicans voted for the Porkulus and four of them – Shelby, Portman, Blunt and Inhofe – aren’t coming back to the next Congress either. They were also only able to pull this off because Democrats controlled the House and Senate.
The big picture is McConnell’s top allies in the Senate like Roy Blunt and Rob Portman are retiring and people like J.D. Vance are coming in. Forcing this unpopular vote isn’t going to make McConnell and his agenda of endless support for Ukraine more popular. Quite the opposite. Jonathan Last is correct that Ron DeSantis hasn’t said anything about Zelensky’s speech because he sees which way the wind is blowing. The old Reaganite foreign policy consensus is on life support. The divide in the Republican Party on foreign policy is based on age. It is elderly Republicans who lived through the Cold War and who hate Russia because they hated the Soviet Union who are still supporting Ukraine.
It is not like my view on this subject is extremely marginal when people like Benny Johnson are calling Zelensky a “track suit wearing eastern european con-man.” It is more like the Senate in particular is a gerontocracy that is out of step with the significantly younger Republican base. McConnell & Co. will eventually be brought down by the same forces now on display in the House.
Old people rule the world.
There is no contradiction here. It is true that our views have become much more mainstream over the past twenty years, but still haven’t completely triumphed. Reaganism is fading away as the ruling ideology in the GOP. This is frustrating because we have a lot more support than in the past. Over this time span, I have gone from being in my twenties to being middle aged and many of the people who used to rule Washington have simply gone to their retirement homes and their graves.