We know that all manner of dire things are going to happen in the next Congress if Republicans wrest control of the House. But what if they fail? How different would things really be?
Humor me. I realize that nobody actually expects the Democrats to hold on to a majority in the House. But consider this just a thought experiment.
Republican obstructionism has been bad enough since Obama took office. If all the Republicans who have been fondly looking forward to becoming Speaker of the House or taking that huge leap from ranking member to committee chairman wake up on November 3 to find that their wet dreams have suddenly dried up (or even worse, if they already know this before they go to bed on November 2), can you even begin to imagine the resulting howl of rage? Can there be any doubt that we would then witness the biggest political temper tantrum this country has ever seen? Can there be any doubt that House Republicans — and Senate Republicans too, in sympathetic frustration — will hold their breath till not just they turn royal blue in the face, but we too?
If Republicans do take the House, we can look forward to endless witch-hunt investigations, and a total shutdown of any meaningful process of government. If Republicans fail to take the House, yes, we will be spared the endless witch-hunt investigations. But that’s just an annoying waste-of-taxpayer-dollars sideshow. Can there be any doubt that we will still be treated to a total shutdown of any meaningful process of government? Treated to obstructionism on a scale we have never seen before, that we cannot even conceive of at this point.
If Republicans win the House, the sky will fall on our heads. If they lose the House, the sky will still fall on our heads, I think.