It’s time, as Republicans, to start the dialogue on why we did as bad as we did across the country. Republicans now find themselves in the minority. In the House, it’s a Republican minority of 201 to 234. In the Senate, it’s a minority of 49-51.
I am going to step way out of bounds and say that it’s time Republicans step up and try and get along. Part of the reason that we are where we are is because under Hastert-DeLay’s leadership, nothing came forward without the support of a majority of the majority. That was a losing policy and we’re paying the price for it by being in the minority. You can stand up for your principles and get things done. That’s the art of politics – compromise.
Republicans need to remember who they represent in Washington — the people of their district and not the financial interests of big business. By being beholden to the special interests, Republicans demonstrated a lack of respect for their constituents and instead embraced the values of corporate America. In that vain, it’s time for a return to term limits. Get things done or get out of the way. You can only be beholden to the special interests for so long.
The biggest issue that seems to have contributed to Republicans fall was that of Iraq. In most people’s views, we’re stuck in a long and likely endless war. Where is the end? What is victory?
Finally, on the issues of religous demagogourey, Republicans need to not be hypocritical. That means, in my view, that Congress and the church are not one in the same. You can’t legislate morality and Republicans need to stop trying. It’s time to move forward on stem cell research in a way that is respectful of our traditions and that can be done.
It will be interesting to see if Republicans in Washington get it or not. A good start would be cleaning the deck and starting over with fresh leadership and a new vision. There really isn’t a rationale to keep the status quo leadership of Hastert-Boehner-Blunt.
So what say you?