How Politics Ceased Being About Politics
Austin Frank
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I can’t help but feel that I’ve seen this story before, except that last time it was the other “tribe” doing it. This sense of there being a daily “outrage o’clock” at some point regarding the actions of the present administration is a mirror-image of the actions of many Republican groups eight years ago when they found themselves in similar circumstances at the national level of government.

While I do not feel that there is any true equivalency when comparing the initial actions of the Obama administration with those of the Trump administration now, the similarities in actions by the opposition in both cases is quite striking. Much of this may be due to the borrowing of the GOP’s “playbook” for opposing Obama, and it seems much more like the further development of a trend rather than something truly new that we’re seeing nowadays.

For those on the right, this may make it easy to dismiss the protestations of the left as cynical political maneuvering. That, I think, is a mistake. Anxiety about the state of the nation is high for just about everybody right now, and that leaves the GOP highly exposed to blame if bad things happen while they are so politically dominant.

Most, if not all, of the concerns being raised by liberals about the present administration are based upon sincere concerns about the choices being made by Trump and his team. The fact that his team is part of the conservative “tribe” shouldn’t blind Republicans to the risks involved for themselves and the entire nation of giving them too much leeway. The things coming out of the White House today should be scary for everyone, and it will hurt everyone if the GOP is negligent in their constitutional responsibility to hold the White House to account for its’ actions and behavior.