Republicans are destined for defeat

Spencer Stout , Reporter

Despite the total lack of candidates that were both qualified and charismatic, the 2016 election was a disaster for both Democrats and Republicans. The Democratic Political Machine and its millions of dollars and countless celebrity endorsements was completely embarrassed by the Republican Party, even after America picked the worst of its 14 candidates.


Following the election came a great rupture within the Democratic Party. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign as head of the DNC after emails were leaked showing that the party was internally biased towards Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. Clinton, despite the wishes of many within her own party, released a book that blames everyone for her defeat (the media, Russia, the Republican Party), except for herself.


Meanwhile, for the Republicans, the 2016 election results marked the first time since 1928 that Republicans won both the Presidency and both levels of Congress. As a result, the Republican Party has finally been able to push for its conservative model of America, starting with key legislation such as: Nothing.


The Trump Presidency has so far been just as much of a disaster for Republicans as it has for Democrats. The party has failed to unite behind legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, reform the tax code, or fulfill practically any of Trump’s pre-election promises. Many GOP Establishment have half-seriously put out the idea of running a candidate against Trump in 2020, just because his approval ratings are still hovering just above only one third of Americans.


Despite the fact that Democrats have failed to truly unite under a uniform agenda recently, it’s likely that the Republicans will lose their Senate majority in 2018. Should this happen, Republican lawmakers would have to grant even greater concessions to the Democrats in order to pass key bills, legislation that has to be passed if Republicans want to win the election in 2020.


And, although the 2020 election is still a long way off, pretty soon the Democrats are going to have to rally behind someone, so that come election time, they will have name recognition and a complete platform. That role, although very wide open for Democratic candidates, could very well be Juliàn Castro.


Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, is young, energetic, refined, confident, something both leftist and centrist Democrats can rally behind. Castro has had a successful career, former head of HUD under Obama and helping promote education in his city. Republicans, on the other hand, face a dilemma not often faced by the party with the incumbent President. Should they re-run a candidate whose approval rating is one of the worst in history? Or do they admit that the party messed up in allowing him to win in the first place?


Although there’s not enough information to make that prediction now, one thing is for certain. Unless Republicans can get their act together, the 2020 election is going to be a landslide defeat for Republicans.