In a year that has seen a slew of presidential primaries and caucuses, it’s tempting to look back at 2016 and think that the Republican Party has finally reached a point where it can govern.
The GOP, however, has spent the past eight years, with the exception of a couple of months in 2010, going through a presidential election cycle that was the most expensive in American history.
The party lost more than $4 billion on the presidential race alone, while it was responsible for a record $2.7 trillion in economic losses during that time.
The party has been trying to fix this mess for years.
Republicans have proposed more than a dozen ideas to deal with this problem, from overhauling the way elections are held to making it easier for citizens to file their taxes and to increase transparency.
But none of those ideas are really viable.
The most popular idea at the moment is to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
It’s been a disaster.
A recent Quinnipiac poll, commissioned by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, showed that 54 percent of Republicans supported repealing the ACA and just 14 percent opposed it.
The same poll showed that more than three-quarters of Republicans think the law needs to be changed.
A majority of voters also believe that the country has gotten too big for its britches and the country needs to get back to being a smaller country, while a plurality believe that economic growth is a necessary part of a strong country.
Republicans have also been trying for years to make it easier to vote, with Republicans proposing an amendment that would allow people to register to vote at the same time they register to get a government ID.
The idea was to give more power to minorities and the elderly, and the bill passed in the House, but failed in the Senate.
And while the idea has gained traction in recent months, the Republicans’ efforts have had the opposite effect.
Many of the proposed changes have stalled or stalled out in the Republican-controlled Senate.
There is also a growing number of voters who are worried that the party is trying to privatize health care, something that the ACA is meant to protect.
The fact that the GOP has so far failed to address the problem is no coincidence, but it is still a big problem, said Sarah Binder, the co-director of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Policy Institute.
She noted that in the 2010 midterm elections, Democrats won a net of seven Senate seats.
Binder said it’s also worth noting that there are other problems with the party’s health care proposals.
For example, the party proposes a bill that would have required people to obtain a separate insurance plan from the government, which would have meant people who don’t like the government plan would be forced to pay a penalty.
Republicans also have proposed the Medicaid expansion and a plan that would let states opt out of the Affordable Health Care Act and use the money to expand Medicaid to people with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
While these ideas were introduced with bipartisan support, the Republican Senate refused to vote on them, leaving Republicans with a very difficult situation.
A new Quinnipic poll released Monday shows that Republicans have the worst approval ratings of any major party in modern history.
Just one-fifth of voters approve of the job they’re doing in Congress, while more than four in 10 say they’re unhappy with the way they’re handling the economy.
The poll shows that while the public seems to be on board with the GOP’s attempts to change the country’s direction, a majority of Americans are not.
The majority of respondents said they were more likely to have a positive view of President Trump than President Barack Obama in the 2016 presidential election.