Establishment Republicans are doing what they do best — surrendering.
With less than 35 days to Election Day, and Donald Trump still within striking distance in the polls and Electoral College, party elites in Washington are throwing in the towel and conceding that they will support Hillary Clinton’s legislative agenda if she wins the election.
Major Republicans are on record promising to help her pass amnesty — and virtually everything else she desires.
Republican voters were enraged that after handing their party control of both houses of Congress in the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections, that the party refused to lift a finger to fight a single Obama initiative.
ObamaCare, the dangerous Syrian refugee program, Planned Parenthood and the illegal executive amnesty program were funded with the stamp of approval of Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and John Boehner.
And should Hillary Clinton win, 2017 is looking like a repeat where Republicans march in lockstep with a Democrat president.
The Hill reports Republican Senators are already sending a message they are ready to play the role of willing partner in enacting Hillary’s policy agenda:
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is predicting that congressional Republicans will be more willing to work with Hillary Clinton than they have been with President Obama, should she be elected president.
“Barack Obama was somewhat of an unknown – he was a Senator, but only for a year-and-a-half before he was elected president. She is a known commodity, and I think there’ll be more camaraderie in terms of working together, than there might have been in the early days of Obama,” Isakson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Isakson, who is running for re-election and has endorsed GOP nominee Donald Trump, added, “I don’t think it will be like the post-Obama election at all…”
…The Georgia Republican isn’t the only one who is open to collaborating with a hypothetical Clinton administration, even though multiple congressional committees are still probing her time atop the State Department.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Clinton would find a “willing partner” on immigration reform, bolstering the military and a Simpson-Bowles-type of initiative to improve federal spending, should she win.
“I can do two things at once. I can criticize and I can cooperate,” he told The Hill last month. “I don’t see that they’re inconsistent.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)—while stressing that he doesn’t believe Clinton will win in November—said Americans expect GOP Senators to work with whoever is in the White House.
“We’ll do our duty, you know, regardless of who is president,” the Senate’s No. 2 Republican told The Hill last week. “The people we serve want us to work together for their benefit so that’s certainly my posture.”
Many rank-and-file Republicans are wondering if these Senators are living in a different universe than they do.
Trump’s strong stand against amnesty and illegal immigration is what catapulted him to the nomination.
And in response, Republicans are claiming what their voters really want is more amnesty and more illegal immigration.
The others are surrendering before a single legislative fight with Clinton has been launched.
Conservatives note that when establishment Republicans toss around terms like “governing” and “doing our duty,” what they really mean is enacting the Democrats’ agenda of higher taxes, greater spending and throwing every conservative principle they claim to support overboard.
Should Republicans pursue a policy of appeasement and surrender with Hillary in the White House, experts believe the internal fight the Republican Party has engaged in since 2008 will only increase in intensity and depress conservative enthusiasm ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.