Last week, by all measures, was a good one for the GOP. The party united in opposition to the spendthrift “stimulus” and its national committee elected an intelligent and telegenic man as its chairman. We see thus a commitment to conservative principles and the elevation of a man who can communicate those principles to the American people.
Like Reagan in his era, it appears Michael Steele knows how to use contemporary media to communicate his message.
It’s not just leaders with good communication skills that our party has found wanting. GOP leaders have also failed to hold true to the principles which won them election, principles which, in the past, Americans counted on Republicans to defend.Â Now, in coming out against the “stimulus,” Republicans once again are affirming the fiscal conservatism which supposedly defined the party.
When elected Republicans betrayed the trust of the rank and file, the rank and file stayed home or decided to give a chance to the new kid who promised to change the town whose ethos we (conservatives) never really liked.
Not just that, Obama sounded like a Republican.Â Take a gander at this web-page, where the Administration promises to root out waste and unnecessary spending, things Republicans are supposed to be doing.Â But, note that this page doesn’t provide the details of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (i.e., the “stimulus”).Â Some transparency, huh?
It’s taken Republican leaders (as well as conservative bloggers and some enterprising reporters, not all conservatives) to expose this boondoggle for what it is.Â John McCain may be leading the way, but he’s not alone.
Now, the polls show a Republican rebound, with the GOP closing “the gap on the generic Congressional preference poll to four points–down from seven points a week earlier.“Â It seems that when Republican stand on principle, they rebound at the polls.Â And let’s hope soon at the ballot box as well.