Republicans Are Too Incompetent to Govern. Trumpists Don’t Even Bother Trying.

Republicans Are Too Incompetent to Govern. Trumpists Don’t Even Bother Trying.

Republicans Fail to Keep the Big Top Running

The idea that Republicans and Democrats are more or less the same is a popular one. Even those studious and politically literate enough to reject horseshoe theorism perpetuate the misconception. After all, the two parties are highly-visible outcrops of the sociopolitical force we’ve come to call neoliberalism. But while the Democratic Party is right-wing by international standards, the modern Republican Party (and its Trumpist leeches) sails clear off the edge of the ideological map.

On Capitol Hill, another stark difference becomes apparent. Democrats are capable of running a functional government, while Republicans can’t seem to do so. Meanwhile, the Trumpists delight in actively impeding that government from running smoothly.

The party ethos became one of mudslinging and blind opposition. As its propaganda bubble grew, its big ideas got smaller and smaller
It’s easy to blame Trump’s leadership for the dysfunction of his administration and the Republican-controlled government. And certainly his ineptitude and highly questionable motivations are a great drag on the Grand Ol’ Party. But the party’s leadership is anything but competent. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell’s failures in the House and Senate are their own, and it’s clear the Republican body as a whole atrophied in the years since George W. Bush left office. The party ethos became one of mudslinging and blind opposition. As its propaganda bubble grew, its big ideas got smaller and smaller.

Republicans spent Barack Obama’s term fomenting the fearful, reactionary, ideologically-incoherent radicalism that boiled over into the Age of Trump. And within that now-gilded White House the attitude toward governing is a collective “Meh“. As of June, 1,100 top administration jobs remained unfilled. No president in modern history has failed to fill so many positions, and it’s crippling his own agenda.

But this doesn’t seem to be a problem for Trump fans, who either kid or delude themselves into believing their president is fighting a deeply mysterious web of bureaucracy. In a way, this mirrors what we know about Trump as a businessman: a hands-off manager who delegates tasks to seemingly random individuals, a man better at firing than hiring, a man who would have been Peter Principle’d at Regional Branch Manager if he didn’t start out on top.

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