"The country club Republicans have a tacit deal with the Democrats. They will utter conservative sounds that play well back home and vote for conservative things when the votes do not matter much. Democrats won’t object too strenuously to legislative gestures that allow members to define themselves — as long as those gestures are irrelevant.
Unfortunately for America, this has led to an ever-larger and a national GOP whose leadership cannot make coherent arguments even against a divided and floundering Democratic opposition. Boehner and McConnell have decided that the only issue of the 2014 elections will be Obamacare, complaints about which comprise their sole talking point. They have rejected offering specific alternatives to the Democrats that could point the way to economic prosperity, more freedom, and restoration of our prestige in the world. McConnell and Boehner are pursuing the 2014 elections in the opposite manner to Newt Gingrich’s idea-rich Contract with America that ushered in historic Republican majorities in 1994, along with a clear mandate.
The result will be a missed opportunity. Polls already show Obama’s popularity rebounding somewhat from its all-time low last December. Democrats also still have a slight edge in the generic congressional poll, despite the Obamacare fiasco. McConnell himself is stuck in the low 40s in his approval rating among Kentucky voters. Republicans will still pick up Senate seats, but under McConnell-Boehner leadership, that enlarged caucus will lack a mandate or direction, essentially remaining the party of “no” and seeming to hold solely for the sake of power. If there are back-bench Republicans who want to chalk up real accomplishments instead, they should start by dumping McConnell and Boehner from their leadership."