“We’ve strayed a long way from the principles the party was founded upon,'’ said Representative Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican.
Republicans need a big turnout by their core supporters if they are to avoid losing their majorities in the House of Representatives and, possibly, the Senate. Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster, said those core supporters are the very voters who are most likely to be angered by the increased spending, and who may stay home in protest.
“It’s one of a handful of reasons why Republicans are discouraged,'’ Ayres said. “I don’t know what you can say that will mollify the Republican base on this subject. You’re better off talking to them about other subjects.'’
There needs to be more weeks like last in which the GOP majority delivered reforms that would help tamp down federal spending.