Conservative columnist tells Republicans to stop running for office if they're not going to work
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Gage Skidmore.)

Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin assailed the Republican Party in her Thursday piece, outing them as the "do nothing" party.

It isn't the first time Republicans have heard the accusation. Ahead of the 2006 election, Democrats called Congress out for only working 242 days that year, the fewest since World War II. Ahead of the election, the GOP took a 5-week break, perpetuating the attacks even further.

"For years, the Republican Party has not been about policy or governance," said Rubin. "It is certainly not about encouraging voting or expanding its party to reach new demographics. Instead, it has become a select club of malcontents. It has created a self-perpetuating grievance machine designed to further inflame their base."

Under the leadership of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) failed to address any of the issues facing Americans. Instead, the GOP worked only on getting judges appointed after barring former President Barack Obama the ability to approve judges for years.

Now that Democrats have taken over the House and Senate, it's clear they intend to pass a slate of bills dealing with challenges Americans have faced since McConnell took over the Senate. The former Senate majority leader even called himself the "Grim Reaper" of legislation.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has come into office with a flurry of activity. President Donald Trump's 220 executive orders are already being overturned. The House is set to pass an increase to the minimum wage, the COVID-19 stimulus package, an immigration bill and the budget.

"To many, it is stunning to see such energy, urgency and activity coming from the White House," wrote Rubin. "Whereas Republicans are loath to even acknowledge crises for fear of indicting their own former president's performance, Democrats have plans, executive orders and bills to address dozens of problems, not to mention a fleet of nominees waiting to get started."

McConnell, by contrast, "took two days to agree on an organization resolution to get the new session underway," Rubin noted

She closed by urging Republicans not to run for office anymore since they have no interest in actually doing their jobs.

"They can cut out the time-consuming task of showing up for their day jobs and devote all their time to what really drives them — raising money, stoking anger, tweeting and appearing on right-wing media. They at least demonstrate some interest and talent for those activities," she said.

Read the full column at the Washington Post.