November 06, 2008

The Late Unpleasantness

A thoughts before I blast off for work--time to clean house in the GOP: First, get rid of the creepy (Larry Craig) and the corrupt: (e.g., Ted Stevens). Second, ignore calls to dump the religious Right. Attacking the base will fracture the party. Third, compromise works as a strategy as long as it advances the agenda. Compromise for the sake of "bipartisanship" alone is worthless. Fourth, the Democrats are playing hardball, and play to win. They will use Republican moderates to block the agenda in the name of "saving the center" (e.g., the so-called Gang of 14). Now that hard-Lefties are ascendant, they will not give a damn about the center. Fifth, the details matter. The Dems had a hell of a ground game and anyone who ignores it does so at their peril. Sixth, the media will love a Republican as long as he attacks his own party. When given the choice between a "maverick" and a real Lefty, the Lefty wins every time. Finally, ideology matters. The conservative movement is about smaller government, protection of human life from conception to natural death, empowering people to rely on themselves, belief in American exceptionalism, support for capitalism, low taxes, a strong military to defend us in a dangerous world, and a judiciary that will not legislate from the bench. Get back to the basics.

Court-Watch Yips! from Gary:
Considering that the judicial filibuster may now be the only way to prevent radical activist judges from getting a vote for the Supreme Court, the "Gang of 14" deal doesn't seem to suck as much as it did back in 2005.

Geez, never thought I'd be saying that.

Posted by LMC at November 6, 2008 05:57 AM | TrackBack

For all of the talk of bipartisionship, let us speak plainly.

The Democrats have the majorities in both Houses, and they will use it that power to push their agenda, with or without Republicans. In 1993-1995, it was used ruthlessly to push Hillary Care, tax increases & the Clinton budget, and to block or impede investigations of wrongdoing (remember Whitewater?). Nancy Pelosi acted in a similar manner in the last Congress.

I see no reason for them to act any differently today. For them, the ends justifies the means.

Posted by: kmr at November 6, 2008 09:31 AM

And don't forget federalism.

Posted by: rbj at November 6, 2008 09:48 AM