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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Republicans Aim for Their Foot...Again

Republicans in the U.S. House have looked at repeating a winning strategy that launched them into the majority for the first time in 40 years...and rejected it.

House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner has rejected calls for a repeat of the 1994 "Contract with America" that put Republicans in charge of Congress for the first time in 40 years.

From the New York Sun:

"There will be no effort to try to nationalize the elections," the House Republican leader, Rep. John Boehner, told reporters at a lunch sponsored by the American Spectator magazine and Americans for Tax Reform. Mr. Boehner faced repeated questions about the party's strategy as it seeks to avoid a second straight round of steep losses forecast this fall.

This is like one of these funny movies where one person or group can always be counted on to do exactly the most wrong, most stupid thing possible.

Only in this case, the group that's doing it is the only one that might even slow down this nation's slide over the precipice of self-destruction.

No, we wouldn't want to make a public pledge that we might actually have to keep, would we?

We wouldn't want to repeat something that dramatically changed the course of public policy in America, would we?

We wouldn't want to repeat something that profoundly shifted the balance of power in Washington, would we?

We wouldn't want to set forth a clear agenda of good public policy, would we?

We wouldn't want to clearly articulate our ideas, would we?

We wouldn't want to do something that might indicate we're unified, would we?

You know, every time I start thinking Republicans might have a chance of coming out well in November, they do something completely stupid and shoot themselves in the foot.

With leadership like this, Republicans probably deserve to stay in the minority after November.

Maybe Chris Lien can get to Washington and show them how to take the bull by the horns and go on the offensive.


Anonymous said...

I would completely divorce myself from the Republican Party except for the few folks like Chris Lien and Mike Pence (R-Ind.)who give me just a little hope, and for the fact that stupid is still a little less dangerous to our country than evil.

Haggs said...

Bob, I agree that Republicans should stay in the minority, though my reasoning is slighting different.

Also, I'm not sure how well another "Contract with America" would work right now. It worked great the first time because, like you said, Republicans had been out of power for 40 years. The general public had no knowledge of what Republican control of Congress is like so they thought a change would be good. But Republican control of Congress is too fresh in everyone's minds. The public didn't like what Republicans were doing with their power back in 2006 and I don't see why they would give it back to them so soon.

Bob Ellis said...

Actually a slight correction, Haggs: Republicans didn't like what Republicans were doing with their power back in 2006. Liberals never did, but when Republicans in congress started acting like liberals, they lost the support of their base.

And that's the mistake they've bone-headedly failed to learn since 2006: Republicans should act like Republicans.

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