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Posted by aogThursday, 30 November 2006 at 21:33 TrackBack Ping URL

Via Brothers Judd is this little tidbit about GOP plans for the next Congress —

Leading the battle with be incoming House Minority Leader John Boehner and his conservative team. Insiders say that the goal is to pick at Democratic initiatives as pro-tax, pro-spending, or unworkable.

And that will distinguish the GOP from the Democratic Party how?

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Jeff Guinn Friday, 01 December 2006 at 18:02


In as much as my mind formulated your question word-for-word before my eyes got there, I suspect your misgivings are widely, and specifically, shared.

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 01 December 2006 at 18:53

The GOP lost the 2006 elections running with this theme (“we suck, but they’re worse!”), and now their brilliant comeback plan is to try it again? The Stupid Party indeed. The only thing dumber than that would be Kerry ‘08.

What’s intensely frustrating is that the GOP leadership must know that this kind of thing is unpalatable to the electorate, yet they can’t find enough self discipline to improve themselves rather than point fingers.

Peter Burnet Saturday, 02 December 2006 at 06:31

That is an interesting point AOG and a good, if rarely heard, argument in favour of regular democratic change over any particular right/left predominance. It isn’t just that power corrupts you, it’s that after a time power seems to corrupt you even when you and everybody else can see it corrupting you and genuinely want it to stop. And it seems to enervate you too and lock you into tired, repetitive blather and narrow thinking you can’t escape no matter how much fresh blood you try to bring in. (Is there no one who can break the rhetorical shackles of Bush’s statements on Iraq?)

For countries like Sweden, Canada and Japan that have “natural governing parties” it is a huge and extremely frustrating problem, although in Canada’s case we are saved somewhat by very robust provincial governments. There are lots of traditional explanations—pork-barrelling, jobs for the base, too busy to think, etc., but they never seem to add up to a convincing whole for me.

Annoying Old Guy Saturday, 02 December 2006 at 09:55

Mr. Burnet;

It’s also one of the key arguments for term limits, which I support.

cjm Friday, 08 December 2006 at 19:09

republicans don’t like being in power due to their inherent pansiness. when they have it thrust upon them they find ways to purposefully cause the electorate to bounce them out of power.

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