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Michael Medved


Does more gridlock mean success?

After Paul Ryan’s budget compromise passed the House with overwhelming support from both Republicans and Democrats, many Senate conservatives concentrated their efforts on an all-out fight to block the bill.

While identifying plenty of shortcomings in the bipartisan legislation, these die-hard critics never identified how defeating the budget would advance conservative principles or enhance Republican prospects—especially with another government shutdown looming within a month. If they had killed the compromise, then what? How does more gridlock mean success?

Unfortunately, some members of the GOP have become so accustomed to their status as a minority party that they associate victory with defeating proposals that they don’t like, rather than with passing proposals that they do. In the long-run, Republicans will only win if they focus their energies on bettering America, not just battering the Democrats.

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