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US: 'Dysfunctional Week' uncovers fissures, fractures, faultlines in GOP
US: 'Dysfunctional Week' uncovers fissures, fractures, faultlines in GOP

Washington, Feb 13 : The GOP has "exposed" itself in a "Dysfunctional Week" in its actions in the Congress laying bare the fissures, fractures and faultlines across the party, sabotaging its own legislators carefully crafted bipartisan legislations in showing allegiance to former president Donald Trump.

Self-inflicted failures in both chambers of Congress, a decisive legal defeat for their standard-bearer and hints of an ouster for their embattled chairperson (Mitch McConnel) left Republicans looking rudderless and ineffective this week, media reports said .  A new level of political party dysfunction was on full display this week - with historic meltdowns in both chambers, intraparty fractures, a shake-up in the Republican National Committee and the legal defense for Trump, the likely Republican presidential nominee, pulled out from under him, the reports said . 

"The Republican Party is now a complete mess that doesn't stand for anything except allegiance to Trump, and there's no consistent ideological content, and there’s no apparent effort to govern at all," says David Barker, political science professor at American University and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. 

Trump's campaign against Biden reached ridiculous levels of banality as he compared himself to renowned singer Taylor Swift saying he was more popular than her across the US. TIME magazine had voted her as the person of the year in 2023 in popularity ratings.  "The Republican Party is not really a conservative party anymore - it's a populist party," Barker says. "That unfortunately comes really close to just burning the house down, and that’s what sometimes it appears like they're trying to do."

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