MSNBC's Rachel Maddow says it has become increasingly clear over the past few weeks that the Republican Party is broken and can't even pretend to be a government partner.
As Joe Biden and the Democrats in Congress work to tackle the multiple crises that are wreaking havoc across the country, Republicans argue among themselves over whether they still believe in democracy.
“On the Republican side, it's scary and troubling whether they're a party that advocates violence and whether they're a party that still believes that democracy and elections are the way we decide as a country. Said the MSNBC host.
"How can that be your government partner?" Asked Maddow.
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By and large, we are right in this place where we are supposedly a two-party, two-party democracy. This has been the source of stability and continuity in our democracy for centuries. And now we are suddenly and clearly in this place where the two parties have completely different tasks. And on the Republican side, it's scary and troubling whether or not they're a party that advocates violence, and whether they're a party that still believes that democracy and elections are the way we decide as a country. On the democratic side, they are just trying to rule. You're trying to figure out how to get something done without dealing with the dumpster fire on the other side. Because how can that be your government partner? … The Republican Party is in a very different crisis. The Democratic Party is trying to figure out how to deliver. And that makes the Democratic Party's job completely different from what happens on the other side. It kind of makes it serious and civil right now. But also incredibly important whether or not we will have a Republican Party in the future. Because in the Republican Party they are not currently approaching the problems of the nation. The Democrats have to prove they can, or they have to face the dumpster fire again, which is what the people of the United States have to choose between the two options available. Just an incredible situation we are in.
The Republican Party is irreparably broken
Joe Biden took office sincerely in the hope that Donald Trump's absence would bring the Republican Party out of its four-year fever, but it doesn't look like it will happen anytime soon.
Instead, the GOP has doubled Trumpism. Forty-five senators essentially advocated violent insurgents on Tuesday by voting to block impeachment proceedings against the Senate.
While the GOP's attempt to block the process failed, it showed how broken and unsolvable the Republican Party is.
It's becoming increasingly clear that if Democrats want to achieve anything in the next two years, they have to play hardball and do it themselves.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.