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Bridge to Somewhere - The House GOP needs a new generation of leaders
The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 10, 2006

Posted on 11/09/2006 9:16:23 PM PST by Zakeet

As they lick their wounds, Republicans are no doubt wondering what went wrong and what to do now. The answers aren't all that complicated: Revive the reform convictions that earned them power in the 1990s, and start that process in the House of Representatives by electing a new slate of leaders.

Twelve years ago, the Newt Gingrich-led Republicans swept into power as reformers who ran against corruption and pledged to make government "smaller and smarter." Somehow, across the years, that conviction was replaced by Tom DeLay and the quest for permanent incumbency, Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis and the "earmark" brigade, and a retinue of Beltway retainers symbolized by Jack Abramoff. The current leadership let it all happen, and if Republicans want a shot at regaining control in 2008 they'll turn to a new generation to lead them.

If we had to pick the precise moment when House Republicans lost their way, it would be three years ago during the floor vote over the Medicare prescription drug bill. So unpopular was the bill among conservatives, and rightly so, that House leaders kept the vote open for an unheard of three hours as they dragooned reluctant Members to vote aye.

The other great symbol of GOP failure is the proliferation of earmarked spending. In 1994 there were 1,500 such projects stuffed into Democratic spending bills, and Republicans called this a fiscal disgrace. This year Republicans approved closer to 15,000 earmarks at a cost of more than $10 billion. The current leadership defended this earmarking even after such embarrassments as the Alaska Bridge to Nowhere were exposed. When they finally agreed to minimal transparency, it was too late.

(Excerpt) Read more at opinionjournal.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: genx; gop; leadership
Yet another outstanding read by the excellent editorial staff of the WS Journal.

This article needs to be given wide circulation among GOP faithful.

1 posted on 11/09/2006 9:16:24 PM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Boehner values a good suntan. That says it all.


2 posted on 11/09/2006 9:19:32 PM PST by samadams2000 (Somebody important make....THE CALL!)
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To: samadams2000

Bohnier thinks he will still be in a leadership position. I don't think so.

Blunt must go as well. And For Heavens Sake, JUST SAY NO TO LOTT in the Senate.


3 posted on 11/09/2006 9:22:33 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: samadams2000

The WSJ Board is correct again. Boehner better not be Minority Leader in the House. Plese elect some leadership that will fight not only the Rats, but the MSM too.


4 posted on 11/09/2006 9:23:32 PM PST by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: tennmountainman

Lott? Didnt the media stip him bare and send him to a re-education camp?


5 posted on 11/09/2006 9:24:46 PM PST by samadams2000 (Somebody important make....THE CALL!)
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To: Zakeet

Okay I've been all over these threads the last two days talking about this sort of thing. Just today I was reading up on a possible candidate for POTUS '08.

Mark Sanford is part of that Freshman class of '94. He was one of the ones to leave because he promised a term limit and actually followed through with that promise. Now he's the twice elected Governor of South Carolina.

Sounds like leader material to me.
Mark Sanford '08 http://www.petitiononline.com/msan2008/petition.html


6 posted on 11/09/2006 9:25:35 PM PST by kuma (Mark Sanford '08 http://www.petitiononline.com/msan2008/petition.html)
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To: samadams2000

You have not heard. Dick Morris wrote an article on Newsmax that Lott is running for minority whip.


7 posted on 11/09/2006 9:26:16 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Zakeet

Yup. They should have stuck with core principles and focus: the Contract with America.


8 posted on 11/09/2006 9:28:32 PM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Zakeet

Mike Pence for Minority Leader 2006.

Mike Pence for Speaker 2008.


9 posted on 11/09/2006 9:29:41 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: Zakeet

I want a fence.


10 posted on 11/09/2006 9:30:25 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: samadams2000

The article itself is not about Lott. I think the title is 'Heads Will Roll".
However, in the article Morris props up Lott as the one to take over minority whip.

JUST SAY NO TO LOTT.


11 posted on 11/09/2006 9:30:29 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Zakeet
The difference between Gingrich and Boehner:

Gingrich did a nice job.

Boehner has a nice job.

12 posted on 11/09/2006 9:32:13 PM PST by THX 1138
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To: tennmountainman

I saw Bohnier give a speech last summer. I was VERY unimpressed. He struck me as the ultimate visionless, tasteless pol. I recognize he must speak for the whole party, and must defend the party on a whole, but he just seemed to me to be extremely uninspiring.

I hope Mike Pence takes his place. I'd like to see Jeff Flake run for Whip. I hear Shaddig is running for Whip, that's acceptable as well.


13 posted on 11/09/2006 9:32:33 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: Zakeet
"Republicans also need to rediscover an agenda for reforming government programs that don't work or threaten to bankrupt future generations. The Gingrich Republicans did that with welfare reform in the 1990s, and they tried with Medicaid. Then President Bush gave Republicans a once-in-a-generation chance to reform Social Security and health care along free market lines, but GOP House leaders fought him behind the scenes. For this alone, they should be returned to the backbenches."

A truer statement I couldn't write myself. We need to reform the reformers, they need to remember why they were sent there in 94.

14 posted on 11/09/2006 9:32:58 PM PST by antisocialista (Republiphobic - Those who hate Republicans just because they're Republican. - zum!)
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To: Zakeet

Just in case someone forgot where the contract is, it is still on the House server...

http://www.house.gov/house/Contract/CONTRACT.html


15 posted on 11/09/2006 9:33:07 PM PST by kingu (No, I don't use sarcasm tags - it confuses people.)
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To: zbigreddogz

Actually Pence is running for Hassterts job and Shaddig is running for Bohniers Job.


16 posted on 11/09/2006 9:34:15 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: THX 1138

So true.

Remember how fast Boehnor turned on Hasstert during the Foley scandal.

Boehnior is just as much at fault as Hasstert


17 posted on 11/09/2006 9:36:00 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: tennmountainman

Uhh...if you didn't notice, Hastert doesn't have a job anymore. You don't keep the Speaker position if you lose.

Pence is running for Majority Leader, the highest position in the caucus now that we are in the minoirity. Shaddig is running for Whip, which is 2nd now.

It's true that Pence is running for the #1 job and Shaddig is running for the #2 job, but those jobs have changed now.


18 posted on 11/09/2006 9:37:33 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: tennmountainman
Trent Lott:

LOTT

19 posted on 11/09/2006 9:39:29 PM PST by MrCFdovnh
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To: zbigreddogz

Hastert didn't lose.


20 posted on 11/09/2006 9:40:34 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: zbigreddogz

I heard someone talking about Pence yesterday. How strong in the running are these guys? Do they have a decent chance of taking over the leadership of the Republican Congress?


21 posted on 11/09/2006 9:44:33 PM PST by kuma (Mark Sanford '08 http://www.petitiononline.com/msan2008/petition.html)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

What's your point?

He won't remain Speaker, and he's already said he's not running for Majority Leader.


22 posted on 11/09/2006 9:45:51 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: kuma

Pence wouldn't do it if he didn' think he had a chance.

I think he's got a good chance. He's well liked, and I think it's obvious things need to be shaken up, and I think the rest of Congress knows that as well.


23 posted on 11/09/2006 9:46:52 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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24 posted on 11/09/2006 9:50:57 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: zbigreddogz

My point is that I want to fight! Let's go, come on, what are you? Chicken? Cluck Cluck...lol

Nah, I was thinking that you were saying that Hastert wasn't reelected.

Hastert sucked as a majority leader. We should have gotten rid of him years ago.


25 posted on 11/09/2006 9:51:10 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: MrCFdovnh

Love that Lott hairdo


26 posted on 11/09/2006 10:04:27 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Zakeet

Before you can have "new leaders" you have to get rid of the "old leaders". The problem here is that they haven't had any leaders at all for years. One can hardly call milquetoasts like Frist and Hastert "leaders". These clowns couldn't lead a lemming into the sea.


27 posted on 11/09/2006 10:04:43 PM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Seruzawa

Fear Not for Leadership. Lott is trying to make a comeback.


28 posted on 11/09/2006 10:14:13 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: kinoxi
I want a fence.

I want a f@#king DMZ.

29 posted on 11/09/2006 10:20:22 PM PST by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: lesser_satan

You cleans up the the mess then ya?


30 posted on 11/09/2006 10:23:36 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: Zakeet
I hate the Open Borders Crowd on the Wall Street Journal editorial staff.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

31 posted on 11/09/2006 10:38:26 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Zakeet

Pence Shadegg, or... could you imagine.. Jeff Flake? :)

lol, or beyond even my wildest dreams would be Ron Paul.


32 posted on 11/09/2006 10:44:43 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/optimism_nov8th.htm)
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To: Zakeet

wow, that is an excellent article.


33 posted on 11/09/2006 10:48:30 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/optimism_nov8th.htm)
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To: traviskicks
and this is key:

Republicans might also recall what happened to Democrats when they tried to regain the House in 1996 by running with the same leadership and agenda that had been ousted in 1994. Those Democrats failed, despite Bill Clinton's victory at the top of the ticket, because too many voters saw the same old story. If Republicans lose again in 2008, they could be in the minority for a long time

Call your congressman as I did today & urge they choose new blood (my pref. was for Pence + Shaddeg and described Boehner as reaking of K. St.) - you have to do it today though because they're supposedly making a decision this weekend!

34 posted on 11/09/2006 11:44:17 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: Zakeet

Keep your eyes on Bobby Jindal in Louisiana.


35 posted on 11/10/2006 5:28:36 AM PST by trillabodilla (Jesus Saves)
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To: trillabodilla

http://jindal.house.gov/Biography/


36 posted on 11/10/2006 5:31:11 AM PST by trillabodilla (Jesus Saves)
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To: Zakeet

Thank you for posting.

Fred Barnes stated last night on SRWBH that Boehner would prevail as Minority Leader. I applaud his position on not accepting earmarks, but he needs to go. The WSJ Editorial is so spot on.

And I'm happy to say that Tom Reynolds, NY-26, is now just going to be a back-bencher in the new House. What a 'frigging porker he was.


37 posted on 11/10/2006 7:52:37 AM PST by Fury
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