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Archive for November 15th, 2006

The GOP Has a Lott to Learn

Posted by Mike on November 15, 2006


Former Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott was elected to the position of Senate Minority Whip earlier today by a vote of 25-24 over Lamar Alexander. The stupid party has learned nothing from last week’s thumpin’.

The conservative side of America has long contained both those who care about politics as a means for achieving policy objectives and those who seem to view politics as merely sport where their team should achieve and maintain power. The Axis of Right considers itself as part of the former. We condescendingly refer to the latter as “party people.”

Despite the differences, both camps share the objective of winning the back the majority. Doing so requires common sense policy which empowers Americans to make their country a better place. However, it also requires a marketing strategy that effectively targets and persuades those who normally do not pay attention to politics until a week or so prior to an election.

Trent Lott was unfairly demonized for complimenting Strom Thurmond at his 200th birthday party. Ryan has written about Lott’s comments compared to those of others on the left. I won’t rehash. That said, Trent Lott is not the best face to put on the Republican party. He was an ineffective Majority Leader who rolled over to Clinton’s demands for exorbitant spending from 1998-2000. Ditto for his stint from 2001-2002.

The GOP needs someone who will support a common sense conservative agenda. Lott did not do so toward the end of his reign as leader way back in the 1990s. There is no guarantee or even likelihood that he will do so now. He is also damaging to the GOP brand. The stupid party lives.

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Democrat Corruption

Posted by Sal on November 15, 2006

Nancy Pelosi has promised to “clean house” of corruption. Looks like she’s going to have some work to do. First, Jack Murtha, her hand-picked choice for Majority Leader, has ethical issues (note that he is responding to those issues by crying that he is being Swift-Boated; you can’t make this stuff up!) Also, prosecutors have leads that show involvement of six democrats in illegal activity with Jack Abramoff, along with Karl Rove.

Good luck Nancy! Let’s see if you’re as hard on your own party’s “Culture of Corruption” as you were on the GOP!

UPDATE: According to this ABC story, Harry Ried, the newly-elected Senate Majority Leader, is at the forefront of the Jack Abramoff investigations. If he has to bolt because of this, his seat would be filled by Gov. Jim Gibbons (R) would name his replacement and tip the balance of power to the Republicans.

Look to Ried to hold on as long as possible because of this.

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