Republicans have neither the ability nor the desire to govern

Elections aside, the next two years are going to be one part painful and one part schadenfreude.

As I wrote last month, the modern-day Republican Party is not a great example of the Median Voter Theorem.

The GOP is constrained not by political fundamentals, but by decades of well-rehearsed ideology that have left them with an aging base that is increasingly and unreasonably set in its ways.

So, after six years of breaking our political system, and putting people into office who campaigned on keeping it broken, the Republican Party is now faced with the ghastly proposition of actually having to make the system they broke work.

As Andrew O’Hehir put it:

Tec Cruz, the one man wrecking ball.

Tec Cruz, the one man wrecking ball.

Now that big Republican majority is supposed to “govern,” ha ha, in a context where their actions are guaranteed to disappoint the crazy, scared Caucasian sliver of the electorate that voted for them. Because they can’t undo Obamacare and seal off the border and launch a bunch of birther-Benghazi investigations and a five-front ground war against Iran, ISIS, Russia, Edward Snowden, several random African countries and whoever else wants a piece.

The GOP can’t advance anything of substance out of its caucus, so they may decide that it doesn’t make sense to even bother.

They know all too well how easy it is for an opposition party to obstruct and then take advantage of a majority that tries to promote a serious policy agenda in the Senate.

As the National Review’s editorial board pointed out yesterday, a GOP senate that bothered to make an attempt at governing would be vulnerable to the same filibuster, attack, repeat strategy that they just rode to the majority. So while the GOP is now “in power,” they only have power for power’s sake.

If that means that the next two years feature the same amount of nothing as the last two, all while exacerbating the damage the Republicans are doing to their brand by being crazy and in charge, I’ll take it.

I’d rather have the majority, but sitting back and watching them self-destruct in a negative feedback loop of Obolaghazicare madness in the run-up to 2016 may be the next-best thing.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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