Skip to comments.Rebuilding the House (Tom McClintock)
Posted on 11/20/2010 3:07:16 PM PST by rabscuttle385
More than a year ago, Pollster Frank Luntz stood before a group of about 40 House Republicans in a cramped conference room. I need to tell you something, he said. Ive been looking at polling data from Congressional districts across America for the last three months. Im convinced that you are going to be in the majority next year. After a long pause, he added, This time, please dont screw it up again.
I dont think we will.
The message of the last two elections could not be louder or clearer. Great parties are built upon great principles and they are judged by their devotion to those principles. From its inception, the core principles of the Republican party have been individual freedom and constitutionally limited government. The closer it has hewn to these principles, the better it has done. The further it has strayed from them well, my God!
In the aftermath of the Bush debacle, House Republican leaders resolved to restore traditional Republican principles as the policy and political focus of the party and they achieved something no one at the time thought possible: they united House Republicans as a determined voice of opposition to the Left and rallied the American people. Republicans rediscovered why they were Republicans, and Republican leaders rediscovered Reagans advice to paint our positions in bold colors and not hide them in pale pastels.
(Ironically, in Reagans home state, Republicans tried to campaign to the left of the Democrats and the result was disastrous. While the rest of the country was celebrating historic Republican gains -- including a shift of at least 61 U.S. House seats, 6 U.S. Senate seats, 680 state legislative seats, 19 state legislatures and six governors -- the statewide Republican ticket in California imploded. Republicans nationally now hold more state legislative seats than in any year since 1928. In California, they hold fewer than at any time since 1978!
House Republicans were unfairly criticized as the party of No. When somebody is driving you off a cliff, no is a handy word to have in your vocabulary. But it cant be the only word in the national debate over the future of the country and Republicans know it.
Over the last two years, House Republicans laid out detailed plans to revive the finances of our government and the prosperity of our economy, to return freedom of choice, competition and affordability to health care, to restore the integrity of our borders, and to return to our states their rightful powers and prerogatives.
A Republican House cannot alone enact such laws, but it no longer must labor in the obscurity of minority irrelevance. It now has the opportunity to elevate the national debate by putting forward these plans at a time when Americans are alert to the danger facing the nation and eager for an adult discussion about the fundamental mechanics of freedom how freedom works and how we can put it back to work.
In 1858, Lincoln warned the nation that two antithetical philosophies, freedom and slavery, competed for the future and reminded us that a house divided against itself cannot stand. I do not believe the house will fall, he said, but I do believe that it will cease to be divided. Today two incompatible philosophies, freedom and socialism, compete for our future and the stage is set for one of the greatest debates in the history of the American Republic.
Upon the outcome of that debate rests the question of whether the United States of America will fade inexorably into history or whether it will begin its next great era of expansion, prosperity and influence.
Rep. Tom McClintock was first elected to the California 4th Congressional District by a margin of 1,800 votes in 2008 and re-elected by a margin of 70,000 votes in 2010.
McClintock is one of the good ones. I also hope that Republicans don’t blow it again, either.
Before I moved from California I worked on Tom’s campaign and Dan Lungren’s. Dan was an architect of the three strikes you are out policy when he was state DA and is now also a congressman.
These two are rare bright spots in CA politics.
In the mean time, locals are sending village idiots (blue dogs) like Dennis Cardoza (CA 18) and Jim Costa (CA 20) to become minority leaders on committees.
One of the few politicians who actually seems to understand what average everyday regular people do in the lives. And he tries to keep government off our backs.
After a long pause, he added, This time, please dont screw it up again.
The first one that utters the words, Bipartisan, compromise, across the aisle. Is the next to go down. Hatch you are going down anyway. Just because I want to dance on your political grave, singing hallelujah. I think we are great at taking out our own, I suggest we do it every election.
The CAGOP is dead.
After their picking Red Arnold, you’d think it would learn its lesson and re-embrace conservatism. It didn’t.
Even Reagan couldn’t save the party there today.
That will probably be McCain.
His favorite women, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, whom he endorsed and campaigned for and who ran to the Left of the Democrats - lost. When you nominate RINOs, you always lose.
My first political donation ever was to Tom McClintock when he was senator in CA in 2001 and I have never lived in CA.
He's a good man!
If Tom has his way, there will be no screw ups, and the House will move steadily forward with conservative policy.
The Meaning of the Recent Elections
In the two most recent elections, each political party was soundly, sequentially rejected, but for different reasons. Simply and bluntly:
* The Republicans were tossed out because they did not govern according to their principles.One party lost because it misbehaved; the other because it revealed itself.
* The Democrats were tossed out because they did govern according to their principles.
He's they guy whose name you see on all the 'we need water to feed the state' banners along I-5 thru the San Joaquin Valley, right?
McClintock Ping List
Freepmail me if you want on or off this list
Good addition to this thread. Thanks for that ping the other day.
That is genius. Succinct and completely spot-on, impossible to misunderstand, impossible to argue against by anyone with any honesty whatsoever. Thanks for the quote and link.
McClintock’s great........... but is not selling himself well.
How come Tom’s never on various Fox News programs - Hannity Greta etc?
Michele Bachmann, Newt, Palin, others are there just about every day.
McClintock REALLY needs to get on Fox more frequently if he wants to be President someday.
He’s practically HIDING at this point. NOT GOOD FOR HIM!
Comeon Tom, get OUT there~
Now that the House, in January, will have the majority I expect nothing. Absolution nothing.
Actually, McClintock is making a name for himself by being himself. He doesn’t need a ‘leadership’ post. And, he’s probably better off without one. Being part of the ‘in crowd’ has its own drawbacks.
The problem with McClintock is his eyes, they look like they're each staring at something different. It's a bit unnerving looking at McClintock on TV.
Wish he could have been our Gov
As a fellow ‘face for radio’, can’t help but agree.
He's a nice looking man, but I do know what you're talking about with his eyes. He does well on TV as long as they have him in a side shot like they did in this video from last year, but face on, he's a little scary. (The first few minutes of the video he talks about H1N1, then he talks about the healthcare bill and Afghanistan.)
George Herbert Walker Bush used to say it was "that vision thing." I'd sure put Tom's vision up against most anyone's in the GOP, wouldn't you???
His eyes have to be that way for his secret "over the horizon" political vision capability!!!
Costa ranches on the east side of the valley were water comes from pumping the underground. No minnows down there.
I would like to be ON the McClintock ping list, thank you.
I would like to be ON the McClintock ping list, thank you.
Hey, get off the crusading horse. I love the guy, he’s my Rep. I’d elect him POTUS if I could because I don’t care about that stuff. But most people do and someone who doesn’t know him would hold it against him. We live in a very superficial age.
“His favorite women, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, whom he endorsed and campaigned for and who ran to the Left of the Democrats - lost.”
They did NOT run to the left of their democrat opponents, both of whom were essentially incumbents.
You think DeVore would have done better than Fiorina, when he couldn’t win the (closed) primary?
Palin was right supporting Fiorina. She had the best chance, in an uphill situation.
It almost makes you long for the days of Nixon. What a looker he was! LOL
You’ve been added to the list.
(It’s a rather infrequent ping list - but worth it.)
When I met him in person, I thought him a rather handsome man and a fiery orator. He will stand up for rural people, against over-regulation of the natural resource industries and for responsible use of our public lands. Look forward to his contributions to the House Natural Resources Committee Republicans http://republicans.resourcescommittee.house.gov/ We are lucky to have him.
LOL! Yeah, a real beaut!
But Nixon lost in 1960, not long after a TV debate where he had refused make-up and started to sweat when verbally sparring with a cool, collected and handsome JFK.
Cornyn & Co. went out and recruited Carly and put all the energy and money behind her. Ditto with the CA GOP “leadership.” It is hardly an “open primary”, i.e. a choice of the voters, when the party stacks the deck in favor of one candidate over another.
As to Fiorina, she was on the wrong side of all of today’s issues. Extension of unemployment benefits, DREAM Act, START Treaty, repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and on and on. She may as well have run as a Democrat.
On looks, I'd vote for Tom over JFK anyday.
Something about those Kennedy mouths. Eeeek.
Reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf... "My, what big teeth you have..."
I agree. I never thought JFK was handsome for precisely the reason you mentioned, but everyone else seemed to. (Same with Clinton.)
I like Tom better than JFK in EVERY way, including looks. But I wasn't the one who brought up "the eye thing". It was, however something that I had noticed, too. People like you to look them in the eye and it makes them feel uncomfortable when you don't -- or can't.
I'm so sorry! ;-)
just kidding - I hope you meant in looks, only. :-)
A movement to draft McClintock for VP in 2012 is needed.
He was four years older and according friends, a Viking god. My mother, a Black Irish woman, she said, “He Is Mine!” And so, If you don’t Understand Black Irish, a race apart, ain’t religion, he was hers.
Thats good. Tom’s thoughts wouldn’t be worth as much if he wrote a daily blog. I appreciate when he has something to say and he says it. He is right on to me quite often. I voted for him for Governor in 2003, even knowing Arnold would likely win due to his name recognition and Hollywood image. The CA electorate collectively is quite stupid and shallow. Maybe naive is a better word. For whatever reasons, they are politically clueless.