For there to be a real change in the legislative landscape in 2011, Republicans elected to represent congressional districts or states in Washington must remember that they serve the people in those various jurisdictions and not the permanent denizens of the nation’s capital, a notion which many elected Republicans neglected in the past.
In her post on Republican investigations into Administration misconduct, Michelle Malkin reminds those Republicans of their duties:
Just a humble reminder: [Incoming House House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell] Issa’s job — and this goes for every GOP House leader — is not to mollify Beltway pundits.
Their job is not to manage White House p.r. and “reach across the aisle” and “get things done” for the sake of bipartisanship.
Their job is to protect taxpayers’ best interests, rein in a bloated, out-of-control federal government, and abide by their oaths of office.
Republicans need remember that Americans did not embrace the GOP this fall so much as they rejected the Democrats. They gave us back our House majority on a kind of “trial basis.” Should Republicans stand up to the Beltway establishment and for over-regulated individual and entrepreneur, they may well lose favor with the in-crowd in Washington, but retain the good will of the taxpaying folk beyond the Beltway for years to come.