Congress is on strike. You may not have heard about it, you may not read about it, but for all intents and purposes, Congress has resolved to do nothing until after the 2014 elections. Yes, there have been some noises about immigration reform, but the Senate says the House won’t let them pass anything and the House says the same about the Senate. We all know how the game is played: Nothing will happen.
From a strategic perspective, there is reason for the GOP to sit out any policymaking until after the elections when they will ostensibly have more leverage to exact a better deal from the White House.
This also frees Republicans to continually hammer away at Obamacare. Polls continue to support the idea that this is a winning strategy.
Frankly, the idea of Congress not passing any sort of sweeping legislation for the next nine months is appealing as well. Congress suffers from the disease of do-somethingism in a way few institutions do. Thus, as a conservative, that status quo seems better than the alternative of making deals with a Democrat-controlled Senate and the Obama administration.