November 13, 2008

YES, CHANGE FOR THE WORSE:

Will Republicans Learn?: House leadership elections are one test. (David Freddoso, 11/12/08, National Review)


Conservative representative Mike Pence (R., Ind.) threw his hat in the ring for the position of Republican conference chairman after receiving the blessing of Republican study committee chairman Jeb Hensarling (R., Tex.) and minority leader John Boehner (R., Ohio). That such a conservative critic of President Bush as Pence should become the chief crafter of the Republican message in the House would certainly represent “change.”

“When I was elected, the first bill George Bush sent to the Hill was No Child Left Behind,” Pence says. “And then when I’m reelected, the first thing he sends to the Hill was the prescription-drug entitlement. The point is that we began to practice big-government Republicanism. It’s an idea that’s offensive to millions of people who hold Republican ideas.”


The House GOP couldn't pour water outn a boot an' the directions on the heel, but here's a question so basic and simple even they ought to be able to figure out what the answer means: Did they add or lose seats, after passing NCLB, in the 2002 midterm; did they add or lose seats, after passing the prescription drug plan, in 2004; did they add or lose seats, after opposing W's immigration amnesty, in the 2006 midterm; did they win or lose the presidency, after opposing the Bush/Paulson plan, in 2008?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 13, 2008 8:26 AM
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