August 13, 2007

Time For A Change

The Republicans lost control of the House and Senate for the first time in twelve years in the last midterm elections. Voters sent the message in 2006 that massive spending increases and political corruption would not be tolerated. We thought that politicians would have listened to that message. Robert Novak, in his column today, explains that neither party's leadership has heard.

Democrats need to clean their own house. At Heading Right, I call for Republicans to do the same. We cannot sit back and let Jeff Flake and John Campbell do all of the heavy lifting on porkbusting while GOP leadership in the House supports John Murtha and the Democrats on earmarking. If Republicans want to stand for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and clean public service, then they have to start producing leaders who fight for those principles rather than hypocritically using federal power to protect their own personal interests.


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Comments (7)

Posted by wham1000 | August 13, 2007 8:41 AM


Posted by wham1000 | August 13, 2007 8:46 AM


Posted by LuckyBogey | August 13, 2007 8:54 AM

Amen Captain! But where are these "leaders"?

Posted by Monkei | August 13, 2007 9:21 AM

Novak continues to misread and mis-inform. The voters in 2006 spoke loudly and clearly against BUSH and IRAQ. Both parties were corrupt before and will be corrupt as long as big money, big business, and lobbyist run everything. The only difference between the two parties is one is fighting with everything they have to stay in Iraq and the other trying to find enough votes and failing, to get out. That's what the American voters will see again in 2008 like they did in 2006. It will cost the GOP in both houses again and maybe at the WH too.

Writers like Novak and some other blowhards for the GOP want to blame their historical loses on corruption and big spending ... but they will find out that it was never about that because it is just basically understood by the American public, and sadly accepted, as a way of life in Washington, no matter which party is in power. Badly planned wars with no exit plan, however, are not.

Posted by Jazz | August 13, 2007 9:33 AM

Some of the issues you hightlight, particularly runaway pork barrel spending, are extrememly important and deserve more attention. Fault certainly lies on both sides and I'd like to hear more candidates talking about it in a serious fashion.

However, this doesn't change the fact that I am continually mystified by some of the comments you made here and which I see echoed on other (mostly right wing) sites. Your comments really make it sound as if you place the *majority* of the cause for the GOP loss of congress in '06 on some general sense across America of being sick of profligate spending and veering away from "traditional conservative ideals." These may be things that the hard core wonks, pundits, bloggers and their internet readers focus on heavily (and rightfully so) but not the great masses.

This may certainly be true for a percentage of wavering, hard core Republican voters, but are you somehow in denial that a huge factor in that loss was the large part of the center having run out of patience with Iraq in particular and Bush's handling of that and related matters in general? That was the deciding factor, at least as I see it. The other factors you cite are certainly valid, but hardly the lion's share. And those factors have not yet changed going into '08. Yes, news shows the surge making military progress in Iraq, and certain Dem leaders and members are backing off of their opposition for reasons of political cowardice, but the polls have not shifted in any large, statistically significant way.

Basing a strategy on the theory that earmarks, big government, "socialized medicine" or a loss of conservative values is what moved the majority of the votes in play away from the GOP, and that "fixing" those things will move them back without addressing public dissatisfaction with Iraq is simply not realistsic.

Iraq will still sink the GOP's ambitions regarding the White House in '08 as I see it unless the Dems do something totally suicidal like nominate Hillary.

Posted by docjim505 | August 13, 2007 9:55 AM

According to CNN's exit polling, voters were about evenly concerned with several issues (1):


Yes - 41%
No - 55%


Excellent or good - 49%
Not good or poor - 50%


Extremely important - 35%
Very important - 32%


Extremely important - 39%
Very important - 33%

Extremely important - 39%
Very important - 43%

Extremely important - 30%
Very important - 32%

Extremely important - 41%
Very important - 33%

etc, etc.

Note that "corruption / ethics" was more important than Iraq by a slight margin as was "the economy". American voters, it seems, were thinking about several issues when they went to the polls in 2006. I don't think that there is any question that Bush's low approval numbers played a role in the Republican defeat, but to lay it all at the feet of Iraq is, IMO, incorrect.

One statistic that floored me:


Enthusiastic - 93
Satisfied - 81
Dissatisfied - 22
Angry - 4

I'm not sure why these numbers don't add up to anything close to 100, but it seems clear that a very strong majority of GOP voters were quite happy with Frist and Hastert in 2006.

God help the GOP.



Posted by Sue | August 13, 2007 10:49 AM

Monkel: it is always about corruption, deceit, lies and stealing. The voters can't make headway because there is an overwhelming majority (especially the old bulls and cows) of the congress that prevent anything meaningful from being done. I don't read the voters the way you do, but I understand that the crazy tinfoil hatted leftist loons voted in droves and the other side mainly didn't and so the fight continues. If the other side was as concerned about this country they would make noise about the corruption that runs rampant in their party and ours.

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