As Paul Ryan openly admitted in his “Doing Big Things Is Hard” speech last weekend, the GOP is quickly discovering that the Party of No playbook that served them so well during the Obama years doesn’t work when you’re the ones running the government. And health care reform isn’t the only issue Republicans are changing their tune on now that they’re calling the shots.
SUPREME COURT CONFIRMATIONS
Opposition Party: Delay, Delay, Delay
When President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill Antonin Scalia’s open seat after the latter’s death, Mitch McConnell accused Obama of politicizing the nomination process during an election year. Senate Republicans refused to even meet with Garland.
Governing Party: What’s the Holdup?
Last week, McConnell complained about Senate Democrats’ objections to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, claiming: “If they don’t find Gorsuch acceptable, are they taking the position that the vacancy should never be filled at all? Last year they were complaining about there being a vacancy for roughly a year.” What prevented that seat from being filled again?
Opposition Party: No Biggie
In 2015, Representative Trey Gowdy — then the chairman of the House Committee on Benghazi — accidentally named a CIA source in an email to Democrats. But hey, that’s why pencils have erasers, right?
Governing Party: Jail the Press!
During FBI Director James Comey’s recent congressional hearing regarding collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, Gowdy suggested that reporters could potentially be prosecuted for reporting on leaks. It’s not like there’s anything in the Constitution about a free press, after all.
Opposition Party: Lock Her Up!
In case you weren’t paying attention, Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct government business was kind of a big deal during the 2016 election. Aside from Donald Trump’s own outrageous Trumpiness on the issue (including, you know, inviting Russia to find her missing emails), Mike Pence gave props to the FBI for “reopening the investigation” into the server a little over a week before the election.
Governing Party: Hey, It’s Technically Not Illegal
On March 2, The Indianapolis Star confirmed that Pence had used a personal email account for government work while he was governor of Indiana. It was also determined that the account was hacked. To be fair, there were some differences in the ways in which Pence and Clinton handled their email accounts, but there’s also concrete proof that Pence was hacked — and only the possibility that Clinton was. We’re sure a GOP investigation will be announced any day.
Opposition Party: Don’t Believe the Numbers
In the run-up to the election, Donald Trump cast doubts on the accuracy of Labor Department statistics multiple times, even going so far as to call them a hoax.
Governing Party: How About These Numbers, Huh?
Surprise: Trump loved the first jobs report of his administration and used it as evidence that America was already “GREAT AGAIN.”
Pace yourselves with that hypocrisy, people. It’s gonna be a long four years.