Dear Republican Leadership:
Let this be a lesson. You have a majority in both chambers of Congress and you have a president who says he will support you. This isn’t the Obama years anymore. You don’t need to pander to the left to get bills passed.
I know it is politically convenient to blame the failure of the AHCA on not having enough support from the left, but the reality is that it didn’t have enough support from the right. Not one Democrat vote was needed for this to pass. Instead of using that as an opportunity to enact some real conservative reform, you sacrificed the potential of the bill by trying to keep it moderate and centrist to appease the left and in doing so, you lost support from your own base. When the country wanted big ideas, you thought small. You played defense when you should have realized you were in a position of strength.
Next time, start big. Go as far to the right as you want. We elected you because we don’t want more of the same, so shake it up! I appreciate that you want to have bipartisan support but when the left isn’t willing to cooperate, there’s no point in trying to force them. Eventually, they’ll either learn to compromise again or they’ll become irrelevant.
If you don’t use the next two years to bring true conservatism back to Washington, you don’t deserve to keep your jobs.