So says conservative Republican columnist George Will due to the GOP’s caving on free speech concerning 527 groups. The architect of the 1994 GOP takeover of Congress, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, warns his party that their repeated failures have made the American public “say they want change” and that his party is “in very serious danger of having a very bad election this fall”. What’s going on? In my view both Will and Gingrich are right. I for one am not amused by the performance of the GOP in Congress. While I loathe the Democrat Party and do enjoy watching them make fools of themselves and tear each other apart, I want to see some serious shaking up in the GOP as well. I for one am sick of being their pet wedge issue come election time, along with the GOP offering nothing but wedge issues and empty promises on matters of substance. It’s true the Dems are worse in my view because they’ll mouth pretty words and smile atcha, all while knifing you in the back, but that doesn’t make standing some of the Republicans any easier.
The GOP has betrayed a number of principles I happen to believe in while holding control of Congress so no, I’m not happy with them at all. I’ve had it with the attitude that GOP stands for “God’s Own Party”. Faith is very important and I do not discount it even in public life, but many Republicans have taken it to a degree I am not comfortable with at all. I’ll be posting more on the failures of the Republicans in Congress and the issues they have angered me on later this week.
Let me be clear: The Dems have not earned being in the majority, but they may get there by default and the blame will be squarely on the GOP. Although I absolutely despise the insane rhetoric and assinine antics of a number of Dems (especially their freakazoid partisans) I am very angry with the GOP, particularly in Congress, and I’m not alone. They need a lesson in humility really, really bad along with a harsh reminder not to ignore the real reasons they were put in charge in the first place. An astute political strategist would seize upon this in trying to appeal to voters like myself to get us to at least consider voting for their candidate. IOW, use that anger and make their candidate at least tolerable to those who lean the other way. We shall see if the Dems are up to the challenge.
At the moment this is where I am, checking out the opposition to see if I can stomach seeing them in the Senate for 6 years. George Allen, the Republican incumbent from my home state, is part of the status quo which has angered me so much. I know nothing of his Dem opponents Harris Miller, save that he is a former businessman, and Jim Webb has an impressive backround which I find appealing. However, he also has expressed support for DADT calling it a policy which is “working”. I’m not sure how I will vote in November yet, but Allen now has his work cut out for him to earn my vote and it’s up to the Dems to make their case why I should support Miller or Webb over Allen. Part of their problem is that they must deal with the fact that I and other GOP-leaning voters loathe the Dem Party. They will have to separate the candidate from the Party, so to speak, because many of us might be convinced to support an individual Dem while rejecting the Party. Running Bob Casey in Pennsylvania I believe was a brilliant stroke, a rarity for the Dems, which I hope is a trend. I’m skeptical enough to think they will botch it once again, mistakenly believing the assinine behavior I detest will suffice. Some of the Dems and their noxious partisans have spewed rhetoric so far beyond the pale over the past few years that quite a number of voters including myself have relished watching them go down to defeat. Yet the GOP’s incompetence, corruption, and betrayal of conservative principles have brought me to where I’m giving their candidates another look. It’s absolutely amazing to me that a Democrat governor like Bill Richardson comes across as more of a conservative on fiscal matters than the GOP Congress whose members are as bad and in some cases worse than the Dems! I want to know details about the winner of the Dem primary in Virginia on how he will vote on issues. If I’m satisfied and the guy doesn’t make me nervous, he’ll have my vote. If not, I may find something else to do come Election Day…
UPDATE (from GPW): I’m working on a post on a similar vein, something confirmed by talking to the PatriotBrothersWest here in a “red” state, a general sense that the GOP has lost its way on domestic issues. The GOP should be grateful that the Dems have become so extreme or things would look far bleaker than they do now. If the Dems can coalesce around a positive message and sideline the BDS, they could capture both houses of Congress. More on this anon.