Republicans are still clinging to the dream that voters will reward them for slashing the corporate tax rate and rewarding wealthy donors.
It looks like Senate Majority Mitch McConnell needs to start looking for a new line of work.
Because by his own admission, if Republican leaders can't sell the GOP's tax bill to voters as a gift from Washington, D.C., then they have failed miserably.
From CNN's Phil Mattingly:
McConnell: “If we can’t sell this to the American people then we should be in another line of work.”
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) December 20, 2017
To date, the GOP has failed miserably, even historically, in trying to convince voters that a huge tax bill will be good for them. The failure is astonishing, since traditionally there's nothing easier in American politics than convincing voters to support tax cuts.
But voters see through the GOP charade. And the scam bill is now viewed more negatively than it was two months ago. In other words, the more Americans learn about the GOP bill, the less they like it.
"The Republican tax-cut bill has grown more unpopular in the two months it has taken to usher it through Congress, and few people believe it will provide relief for middle-class families," the Wall Street Journal reported. "Americans now express more confidence in Democrats than Republicans to handle taxes, [and] the economy."
The Journal/NBC poll found that more than two-thirds of respondents said the GOP law is designed mostly to help corporations and the wealthy. Overall, 41 percent of Americans in the survey said the tax plan was a bad idea, up from 35 percent in October.
A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 64 percent of American voters think the GOP plan benefits the wealthy the most. Even a large portion of Republican voters don’t support the collective tax giveaway to the super rich.
Even worse for the GOP, Public Policy Polling found that “by a 23 point margin voters say they’re less likely to vote for a member of Congress next year who supports it.”
Why the horrendous reviews from consumers?
According to the Tax Policy Center, 87 million families making less than $200,000 annually would experience a tax hike by 2027.
Furthermore, according to an analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, “nearly 70 percent of the tax cuts would go to businesses over 10 years,” the Associated Press reported. “The rest of the tax cuts appear to favor the wealthy.”
No major party in recent history has ever tried to pass a piece of legislation so universally despised as the GOP tax bill, let alone present the bill as the cornerstone to the party’s legislative accomplishments.
Ramming through something so unpopular, combined with the blue wave already sweeping the country and expected to grow even bigger in the 2018 midterms, means Republicans are in serious trouble and at risk of losing their majority in the House — and maybe even the Senate.
As one Republican operative put it, "I think we're totally f---ed."
Clearly, Mitch McConnell is in the wrong line of work.