Shortly after Scott Brown’s victory, Michelle Malkin warned establishment Republicans not to crow:
January 19 was an amazing day for grass-roots conservatism. But the Beltway GOP should be warned against unjustified triumphalism. They were late to the game. Activists still haven’t, and won’t, forget the massive amounts of money Washington, D.C. Republicans wasted on Dede Scozzafava. . . .
The GOP brand is still damaged. And instant exploitation of the Brown win — see the NRSC website here — isn’t going to help matters. As I’ve said for many years, the Republican Party needs to clean its own house before it demands that the Democrats clean theirs.
While I think Michelle is a bit harsh on the GOP, I do agree she’s onto something. Still, while grassroots activists can win without the GOP, they can’t win by running against the GOP. The party needs show that it’s learned from past defeats as have candidates in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Other candidates can show they understand the unrest across the country by following my gal Carly’s lead and sign sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
Now, it’s time to add a new pledge, let’s call it the “Tea Party Compact” where candidates for federal office sign an agreement not to support big-government solutions to various economic and social crises. We would draft language on health care reform, cap and trade, the various Democratic stimuli/bailouts and regulatory reform. Social issues would be taboo (for this compact), save perhaps a provision opposing federal funding of abortion.
And at the end perhaps a line, “If I break this compact, throw me out.”
Those who draft it must make the language clear so the compact does not preclude a signer from supporting real health care reform that would eliminate those regulations which reduce competition and drive up costs and provide for tort reform. But, it also needs to be short, simple and sweet no more than 300 words.