The GOP’s Phantom Opposition

“Hillary Clinton and aides had access to classified State Department information after she left office” (Fox & Friends, Washington Times, March 31)

“Why doesn’t Fake News talk about Podesta ties to Russia as covered by @FoxNews or money from Russia to Clinton – sale of Uranium?” (Donald J. Trump, March 28)

“Hillary Emails: Top Clinton Aide Plotted to ‘Help’ News Media ‘Figure Out How Things Work’” (Breitbart, March 30)

This is what happens what the GOP has spent the past 8 years perfecting the art of being the Party of No: they are stuck, permanently, in opposition mode. Let’s give them credit where it’s due – they have certainly fueled up a beautifully-running machine of angry opposition. Fox News, right wing blogs, Breitbart – even, and perhaps especially, the wider reach and considerably more pointed messaging achieved through social media — all critical to the generation of it.

The problem, as it appears, arises now that the Republican Party finally got the power it has so desperately yearned for after all these years. It’s evident now in the Oppo-Machine: all the Fox News personalities, the right wing commentators who built their brand on drumming up hysterical anger at the elites in power – they simply don’t know what to do with themselves anymore. They’ve succeeded, more or less, in their prior goal: getting rid of all those pesky Democrats in power, those liberal elitists, those (insert terrible descriptor) who spend every minute of every day thinking of new and innovative ways just to screw over the rest of us (true) patriots. Oh yes, they’re all gone, and now in place is a Republican held majority in not one, but two houses of Congress, in addition to the presidency.

So now what?

If the current state of programming and content output is any indication…basically…the same stuff as before? It’s bewildering, to say the least. Hillary Clinton, who lost the presidential election now nearly 5 months ago, is still a prominent target on the GOP hit list for “People Who Are Evil in Government.” She literally has no role in government.

After the embarrassing defeat of the miserable excuse for a GOP health care bill last week, WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that the Republican Party needs “to start governing.” In this statement, at least, Priebus is right: the GOP needs to get out of the constant cycle of demonizing Democrats and figure out how to govern the country effectively. Get the Fox News perma-press on Democrat-bashing off the air, start producing actual news content, evaluate policy choices in reasonable ways, figure out what might actually be GOOD for constituents (shocking, I know), maybe even approach some things in a bipartisan manner, if hell doesn’t freeze over before that time – do all of this, and more, and shut up about Hillary Clinton (and Obama, for that matter) already. For a party that claims Clinton supporters are obsessed with the election results, today’s GOP sure has a funny way of letting go of its own obsessions.

Shed your demons, GOP. It’s time to move on. And it’s most definitely your move.