As I watched this video of GOP Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on “Morning Joe” via Crooks and Liars I had a realization.
Republicans have figured out the best way bring back “states rights”. It’s to rule over the country from the states, where they hold much more power. What they’ve done is make the federal government irrelevant, as Tina Brown said, by turning Congress into a do-nothing Congress. If the House’s inability to pass anything of consequence, and the Senate’s repeated filibusters are viewed through that lens, what they’ve been doing, (or not doing), at the federal level makes perfect sense.
Take the recent Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act. With a 5 – 4 majority on the court they we’re able to strike down Section 5, and pass it back to Congress to fix it. Knowing it’s likely that the GOP members of Congress will never pass a fix to Section 5, they essentially killed it for the near future. This frees up the states to pass whatever new voting laws they can without fear of Section 5.
At this point any kind of legislation can be passed at the state level, without fear of interference from the federal government. They’re passing as much power as they can back to the states, by holding up nearly all legislation at the federal level, while holding a 5 – 4 majority on the Supreme Court. The GOP has, for all intents and purposes, neutered the federal government.