When do we turn the corner?

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?

25 comments

  1. Bull Moose says:

    Feel free to do that thing where you shorten this to read after the click… I don’t know how to do that…

  2. Bull Moose says:

    Because there is no other way to get it to them:

    Here is a suggestion for party leadership:
    Jack Kinsgston – Marsha Blackburn – Adam Putnam… Those three need to be in somewhere… All have demonstrated ability and skill and are still fresh faced enough…

  3. Fogle says:

    Can we have at least a few days of retrospective meditation? Haha… we haven’t even finished our election in the 12th!

    Plus a good bit of reflection will certainly add some better insight into the problems.

  4. Bull Moose says:

    lol… Yeah, reflect… just sit back and reflect… Leadership elections are next week… Depending on what happens, we’ll either see if House Republicans are serious about taking back the House in 2008 or happy to be in the minority…

    And please, the welcome wagon is not out for these folks to come back home to the state and try and bring their DC leadership style back to the nest…

  5. Chris says:

    Someone said it nicely on Jason Pye’s blog, in regards to the RNC issuing a memo telling officials to now refocus on our conservative principles of less government, lower taxes, less regulation, strong national defense, judicial restraint, and fiscal conservatism.

    So if this is the Republican plan now that they’ve lost…what was the Republican plan going to be if they won? Posted by: Loren | November 8, 2006 12:32 PM

  6. Chris says:

    And if they’d exercise some legislative restraint, there’d be no need to press for judicial restraint.

    Stop passing so many stupid laws meddling into people’s private affairs and practice that less government – less regulation ethic you claim to believe in.

  7. debbie0040 says:

    Chris, what laws are you speaking of?

    Great analogy of the election results:
    http://www.humanevents.com/enpr/current_enpr.html

    We lost because we lost our message of best government is best government. Conservative Democrats won.

    We elected GOP candidates that started governing like Democrats.

    The election should be remembered by our State Legislators. They should not make the same mistakes the national GOP leaders did or they will lose power.

    We can no longer elect candidates that are not both fiscal and social conservatives. When we do not clearly articulate the differences between us and the Democrats, we will lose.

    When GOP elected officials start governing like Democrats, we can not be silent as to not hurt the party. We need to be very vocal.

    Some Republicans see this as a defeat, I see this as a tremendous opportunity. Welcome to Republican Revolution, Part Deaux.

    We must take our party back from the RINOs and be forever viligant and not let them usurp our party again.

    Our foremost principle advanced should be less government is best government and the best government is the one closest to the people.

    We are presented with the possibility of tremondous gains in 2008 and taking back Congress and the Whitehouse for conservatives. Let’s get ready to rumble…

  8. atlantaman says:

    It’s hard to ignore the war in the Republican’s downfall, but I think the other major factor is they started behaving like Democrats. It’s clearly in black and white: non-military spending is through the roof under Bush and the Republicans compared to the Clinton years. If you’re a tax and spend liberal then the Republicans under Bush should be your heros. The social programs they passed would have made FDR seem like a conservative.

  9. debbie0040 says:

    The National GOP lost because they lost the message of less government is best government and passed the Medicare Prescription Drug Program and the No Child Left Behind act and other big spending programs.

    Our GOP State Legislators need to pay close attention to what happened on the national scale. If they stray from Republican principles, they will eventually lose power.

    The Evans Novak Report sheds light on the elections results and the ballot initiatives.
    http://www.humanevents.com/enpr/current_enpr.html

    There were many RINOs that lost their seat against conservative Democrats. When we fail to make a clear distinction between our beliefs and the Democrats, we lose. Our message on the national level was, “Vote Republican because you don’t want the Democrats in charge.” That failed miserably.

    Bush should have removed Rumsfeld two months ago. It might have saved the Senate. I like Rumsfeld, but he totally botched the PR for the Iraqi War.

    People are wringing their hands about what losing the Senate does to the next Supreme Court Nomination. Well what does it really do? Don’t you think that Reid will remember what happened to Daschle when he blocked Bush’s judicial appointments? There are conservative Democratic Senators that will not block the appointment or they will face the wrath of the voters in their states. If the Dems do try to block the appointment, Bush needs to do what Reagan did-take it to the people.

    You never know how Lieberman will play out either.

    We conservatives need to run like hell from a candidate that talks about compassionate conservatism. That is just a term to make entitlements appeal to conservatives.

    Some see the results as a loss; I see it as a tremendous opportunity to take our party back from Rockefeller Republicans and RINOs.

    As a party, we must first advance the Republican principles of less government. It is not enough for a candidate to be a social conservative; they must first be a fiscal conservative and then a social conservative. They need to be both.

    Interesting is that the new Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, is a social conservative. He is a fiscal liberal. There are many socially conservative Democrats that are fiscal liberals. That is why we advance our fiscally conservative principles first and foremost; to draw that distinction.

    We must be vigilant and protective of our GOP principles. When GOP elected officials stray from those principles, we need to be very vocal and not afraid to speak out because we might hurt the party.

    Some see the election results as a defeat. I see the election results as a tremendous opportunity to take back our party from RINOs and mealy mouthed Rockefeller Republicans. We can accomplish that in 2008 and take back Congress and the Whitehouse for conservatives!

    Welcome to the Republican Revolution, Part Two.

  10. JP says:

    Have to agree with the OP. It’s the DeLay brand of f***-you partisanship that has turned this country into the polarized hell it is now. It is, I must say, one of the top reasons for my personal distaste for Republicans in general.

    I can only hope the Democrats do NOT respond in kind, and instead create a more inclusive environment for everyone. THAT would make what happened yesterday ever more sweet.

  11. Nate says:

    debbie0040, you are exactly right. The Drug plan and no child left behind is against every principle of true conservatism. I am asking everyone to call their congressmen and ask them to vote for Mike Pence for minority leader. We are working on setting up a blog for Pence at http://www.savethegop.com to help get things going. It is time to get rid of the DeLay careerists and elitists, and embrace the true conservative message. The message is simple. It worked in 1980 and worked in 1994. Cut the size of Government, lower taxes, strong defense, personal responsibility, and protecting liberty. The fight for the heart and soul of the GOP has begun. Let’s get to work.

  12. Decaturguy says:

    Bush has made is last appointment to the Supreme Court. And that would have been true even if Republicans had held the Sente.

  13. Bull Moose says:

    It will be interesting to see how the Members take the message… I personally think that they need to embrace new leadership and a new message. They can no longer just sit back and be a rubber stamp for the President, regardless of how great the ideas. Congress needs to exercise its authority and do its job.

    Too many people saw Congress as doing nothing. Then you throw on half a dozen or so scandals and it’s a little much. What was worse, as these scandals broke, the Republican leadership constantly made light of the situation. It just got a little much.

    It’s time for a return to simple ideas like term limits, balanced budgets, and tax reform. Though, unfortunately, I think that the public is going to be skeptical of Republicans for a while because they didn’t keep their word.

  14. kspencer says:

    Agreeing with and expanding upon the OP and JP…

    The publicly acknowledged ruling party philosophy was “50% +1”. “All you need is a majority, why compromise to get more?” was the argument.

    This election was the answer. Marginal politics annoys those not included. And repeated annoyances turn to anger and resistance. And the nature of human beings is that we’re never in 100% lockstep, so that 50% is really only 35% plus 15%+1 that includes these people most of the time but those people some of the time and by the way once in a while yet another group… And every exclusion builds a rejection.

    Sooner or later, if you play on the edge you fall off. Build a net – 55%, or 60% – and the edge is a lot further away. But 50%+1 can turn to 50%-1 in a hearbeat.

    And it did.

  15. kspencer says:

    For what it’s worth… I saw a lot of this sort of discussion among Democrats in 1994, and again in 2002. And the stuff being said by Democrats right now about the plight and future of the GOP is also a dark mirror of 2002.

    A shock this deep – and it is deep – causes honest questioning. Inevitably, there will be subgroups of the party saying “the reason we failed is X”.. or Y, or Z, and each thinking it has the ‘real’ answer.

    Some advice, if I may, from someone who used to vote more R than D. Listen to the Democrats, but parse their advice carefully. Many will unthinkingly (or thinkingly) advise you to become D under an R cover. That advice can be safely ignored. Others, however, will want a party that balances the extremists of their own party. They’ll offer insights and suggestions that fit the R ideology – or at least one of those ideologies (for neither R nor D is monolithic). Consider these without rejecting them out of hand, for they may contain useful nuggets.

    That’s what the Democrats have been doing for the past decade. And it seems to have worked enough to be worth considering.

    For what it’s worth, I don’t expect most R’s to listen to my suggestion. One loss will drive the hard-core ideologists to insist the reason they didn’t succeed was they weren’t hard-core enough. That’s what the Democratic party’s hard-core people said – insisted upon – in 1994. And 1996, and 1998, and… It took the D’s till 2002 to figure out that maybe there was something wrong at the core, and four more years to find something that worked. Maybe, assuming it wasn’t a rejection of the Rs more than an embracing of the D. We’ll know that in about two more years.

    Kirk

  16. jsm says:

    I’m not so sure that lack of compromise led to GOP defeat. I have been frustrated for the last 6 years watching Republicans get their butts handed to them by the minority. They have not had the ability to fight for their ideas as the previous Democratic Senate did under Daschle.

    In the majority, the GOP should have reformed Social Security, built a real barrier at the Mexican border, made the Bush tax cuts permanent, and at least simplified the tax code. None of this happened, and I think the Democrats may now actually do a couple of these things. Americans will be watching as 2008 approaches.

    The only idea I fear is President Bush teaming up with the Democrats to provide amnesty to illegal aliens. He apparently is looking forward to seeing “immigration reform” coming from a Democratic congress. That’s scary.

  17. DougieFresh says:

    Perhaps this election will silence the Bushbots, and the stark realty that we elected a RINO will finally sink in.

    Fiscal conservatism is what gave Republicans the majority. Social conservatism and a quashing of fiscal conservatism has given Republicans defeat.

    The American people do not want some outsider know-it-all to tell them how to live their life. Pushing for the Ten Commandments in schools and courtrooms makes the Republicans look like idiots, and derails serious conservative issues.

    Will Republicans learn anything from this? Doubtful. I suspect the Democrats will embarrass themselves enough to lose power in 2008, and the same ol’ same ol’ GOP will continue until they lose again in a coming election.

    It is time to evoke the legacy of Reagan, and abandon the Bushies to the trash heap of history, where they belong.

  18. debbie0040 says:

    We need to elect Republicans like Reagan.

    Reagan was both a social conservative and fiscal conservative.

  19. debbie0040 says:

    Boy, oh boy. This is going to be a FUN two years.

    Excerpts from
    http://www.insightmag.com/Media/MediaManager/Pelosi.htm

    Pelosi aims to block Democratic hawks from key posts

    Nancy Pelosi wants total party discipline,” a source in the Democratic Party leadership said. “If you played ball with the Republicans during this session, then you’re not going to be given an important chair in the next session.”

    As the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Ms. Harman was expected to become chairman of the powerful committee. But Ms. Pelosi is expected to pass over Ms. Harman for either Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida or Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, the second- and third-ranking Democrats on the intelligence panel.

    The 42-member Congressional Black Caucus has been pushing for Mr. Hastings, an impeached federal judge, to become chairman. Earlier this year, the caucus was upset by Ms. Pelosi’s decision to expel Rep. William Jefferson from the committee after he was accused of accepting bribes.

  20. John Konop says:

    debbie

    The Party says nothing when Republican Congressman vote for all the PORK! In fact in public and on this Blog YOU said Tom Price is a fiscal CONSERVATVE, which is a joke.

    Price voted for and or supported everyone of the pork bills you are talking about anf more. YOU SHOULD BLAME YOURSELF FOR THE GOP BIG LOSS!

    Tom Price keeps telling people that “John Konop is not a REAL REPUBLICAN”

    I make it clear TOM, I am a Husband, Father, American and Conservative first. And if a REAL REPUBLICAN MEANS SELLING OUT YOU ARE RIGHT!

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