Death by Committee: The GOP pre-emptively surrenders November.
By Erick Posted in 2008 — Comments (15) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Yesterday, we pointed out the dire circumstances of the GOP in the House. Well, John Boehner has his solution.
He has formed a committee comprised mostly of people who formed the previously established committee that was doing the same thing to come up with new things to do that they could not come up with while on the old committee.
Here's the thing -- the GOP has been great in the minority battling Nancy and her gang. They've been great at floor strategery to embarrass the Speaker and screw with the blue dogs, putting them in awkward positions.
But they have done absolutely nothing to show that, were they back in the majority, they would change their ways and recommit to smaller government. And at the end of the day, that's what it all boils down to. Everyone knows that the Democrats are worse than the Republicans on a host of issues. But everyone also knows that the Republicans, in their final few years in power, were tools of big business interests -- and those big business interests were only committed to lining their pockets and expanding government spending on their behalf.
The GOP is the party of the entrepreneur. That has become, along with social conservatives, their natural base. But in leadership, the GOP ignored both for the highest bidder and until Tom Cole shuts the heck up about what a great guy Don Young is, well, to hell with them.
If they won't clean their house up now, I'm prepared to sit back and let the voters do it for them in November. Remember: I'm all for being on the team, but not when the team is solely interested in me filling out the roster, but not letting me on the field.
So, pay attention House Republicans: if you are not willing to publicly turn your back on people like Don Young and Jerry Lewis, to hell with you all. I'll support individual candidates, but I will continue to withhold support from the NRCC.