Former House Speaker John Boehner walked the halls of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday night and sparked a flurry of speculation he could again lead a Republican majority. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is working to secure the 218 votes he needs to secure the speakership. But finding the votes...
I don't wonder at all. There's a certain type of person who feels that PUNISHMENT is how you interact with others. Usually they acknowledge some sort of carrot/stick thingy, but their own initiative is all about the stick.
Crime? Lock up more criminals!
Soldiers not enthusiastic to commit suicide against enemy machine guns? Firing squad!
Naughty kids? Tear up their little asses!
Workers? Beat them into working harder!
This approach is almost always a hard fail, as in it not only goes up in flames but takes everyone around with it. The ONLY times it succeeds is in the presence of interactive and intelligent leadership; which kid of begs the question of why not have that type of leadership and not have all the sadism and latent homo stuff?
Much of the institutional power of the Republican Party relies on the peculiarities of our system of government. Only one Republican presidential candidate has won the popular vote since 1988 — George W. Bush in 2004. But thanks to the Electoral College, Bush in 2000 and Trump in 2016, Republican candidates won the presidency (and the power to appoint Supreme Court justices) despite receiving fewer votes nationwide than their opponent. And Trump wasn’t that far off from doing it again in 2020 — a few votes shifting in a few battleground states could have given him the win, even though he lost the popular vote by more than 7 million. When you throw in partisan gerrymandering and how Senate representation is allocated, Republicans are often able to accrue power in Washington without being the more popular party.
Perhaps due in part to their systematic advantages, the Republicans have pursued an electoral approach that focuses more on exploiting the mechanics of elections than advocating for policy.