1. Bull Moose says:

    Well, we should all thank Congressman Jack Kingston for his service to the Conference and hope that he will continue to play a strong role in Washington, DC in being a leader within the House Republican Conference.

  2. Chris says:

    Sounds to me like the GOP lost its chance to re-take the house in 2008.

    Not suprising. The GOP in washington has always been better at stamping its feet and complaining about the democrats than actually passing a conservative agenda.

  3. debbie0040 says:

    It is ironic. You would have thought the National GOP would have heard the message sent loud and clear election day.

    They obviously did not. They pick Martinez to run the RNC and re-elect the same old leadership team in the House. The House elects the same leaders and expect different results?

  4. RuralDem says:

    No matter the party, I’d support a Congressman in our state for a leadership position within their respective party. I might not agree with Kingston on many issues but it would have been nice to know that a representative from our state was in a leadership position like he would have been.

    I don’t look at it as a loss for the GOP, I look at it as a lost for Georgia.

  5. Bull Moose says:

    This leadership team will be very capable of taking back the House, especially given the hypocrisy we’re already seeing out of the Dems and their leaders…

    I mean, it didn’t take long for Nancy Pelosi to abandon her promise of an ethical majority and back John Murtha for Majority Leader. Now we’re seeing her turn against the most qualified Democrat to chair the House Intelligence Committee…

    I mean, let’s keep track of these mistakes, cause, they are pretty egregious…

  6. RuralDem says:

    Bull Moose,

    “the Dems and their leaders”

    I only saw you mention Pelosi’s hypocrisy. Care to mention a few more? Granted, I disagree with Pelosi’s handling of the Murtha/Hoyer situation (such as the rumors she threatened Freshmen with their committee assignments), I do not think it’s fair to base the ENTIRE party around just her.

    Both parties are and can be hypocritical, do not try to make it seem one sided.

    I actually traveled over to RedState (Erick, I might not agree on everything over there but it’s an amazing site), and the rumors about Boehner threatening Barton are just as pathetic.

    A GOP friend of mine said last night “well that’s just politics”. To me, that’s what we the people have let politics become, not what it should be about.

  7. DougieFresh says:

    Regarding the Murtha thing. I was listening to someone on the radio last night (maybe Savage?) who suggested that Pelosi backed Murtha as a way of silencing him. (He did conjecture about running agaist her a few months back).

    The firestorm of criticism surrounding him has left him discredited, and unlikely to embarrass the Dems, now that they have power.

    It does seem to have a certain sense to it.

  8. Maurice Atkinson says:

    This seems a bit odd, but doesn’t surprise me. Seems to me that they don’t know how to read and understand polls, cycles and trends.

    I would have liked to have seen Mike Pence in some leadership role. He’s sharp, candid and ethical, which is rare in DC.

  9. Jace Walden says:

    Bull Moose,

    By re-electing the leaders that lead the GOP to its most crushing defeat ever, congressional republicans have shown that they have absolutely no desire to change their ways. Sure, they’ll talk the good talk about “small government” and what it means to be “conservative”, but in the end, it’s the same leaders who brought us the largest expansion of the Federal Bureacracy in U.S. history.

    They had a chance to change. They had a chance to elect Michael Steele as RNC Chair. But no, they chose a status quo Senator, Mel Martinez. They had a chance to elect Mike Pence as Minority Leader, but no, the chose the status quo John “I don’t even know who Mark Foley is” Boehner. They had a chance to elect ANYBODY but Trent Lott in the Senate…but no, they chose Trent “Give me the Pork” Lott.

    I guess our national Republicans really did buy into that “stay the course” crap, because that is exactly what they’re doing with the party.

    It’s already statistcally impossible to win back the Senate in ’08, just based on the small number of winnable seats. It’s unlikely the GOP will take back 30 seats in the house. AND, it’s probable that because of its lack of leadership and values, the GOP will LOSE the presidency in ’08.

    We can keep making excuses and keep blaming all of our problems on Pelosi and the “liberal democrats”, or we can demand a change from our own party. As it stands right now though, we stand to lose big in 2008.

  10. defnotrep says:

    I thought Jace gave a good analysis.

    The democrats elected some great people this time in Jim Webb and John Tester. They will make a difference for our country.

    I predicted 235 win in the House and a majority in the Senate. You didn’t agree with that either Bull Moose. Repubs won’t take back the majority in either chamber in 2008.

  11. John Konop says:


    I read your comment twice. That is one of the best you have ever made. You hit it right on the nail. I had callers around the Country who agree with you on my radio show today.

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