They are nervous. They are confused. They do not know where they stand. This is unsettling for the political ruling class and I love it.
I spoke with a few lobbyists I know this past week and they are basically saying the same thing. The politicians in both parties have no idea how “to play” the current political environment. For example, a Republican who has voted with President Trump 98 percent of the time is concerned his constituents will the hold one time he voted against the president against him.
Meanwhile, the Democrats gleefully believe they will ride a “Blue Wave” in November until they think about it and privately panic they will not read the electorate correctly again. President Trump may not be draining the swamp as fast as most of his followers have hoped but he sure is driving them crazy.
The good news is after so many decades of playing the American voter as a fool the politicians are realizing what we have all known: They are bottomless vessels of gas incapable of thinking for themselves. Being a member of a political party is the ultimate group think.
Worse yet, most politicians see the world through the prism of their party and not the good of the country. And that is the biggest issue most Americans have with their leaders. They only worry about doing what is best for their political agenda and not focusing on solving the issues facing us. Unfortunately, most of the leaders are so bereft of self-awareness they don’t even recognize it.
According to the lobbyists, most politicians are asking colleagues, staffers, and consultants how they should position themselves to get the most votes. This is harder for Republicans because they have to choose whether they are on Team Trump or Team Establishment. The Democrats will all play the anti-Trump card throughout the soon-to-be-here mid-term campaigns.
This is sickening to me. I get why they are positioning themselves but perhaps they should focus on doing what is right for the country and let the chips fall where they may. I do not mind a politician believing a certain philosophy is the right one for the country and fighting for it. That is what I expect.
What I mind is the flip flopping among politicians depending which party is in office. Look no further than the immigration debate. Democrats were for immigration reforms when former presidents Clinton and Obama pushed for legislation but against it when Republican presidents wanted it. Likewise, Republicans supported immigration reforms when Republican presidents wanted it but against it when Democratic presidents wanted reforms.
And they wonder why the voters do not believe a single word they say.
I want a leader who has and stays true to core values and beliefs. Unfortunately, that is the biggest pipe dream of all.
Politicians will never get respect as long as they keep trying “to play” the American voter for votes. They will get respect once they start working to move the country forward. Having someone like President Trump in office is hectic. It’s wild and, at times, embarrassing. However, I want more people like him in Washington to shake up and get rid of the establishment.