In the aftermath of the election debacle, I heard one Republican wag suggest Nancy Pelosi should resign her Democratic leadership post for failing to pick up control of the House as she had promised.
I laughed out loud.
Don’t get me wrong. I’d like to see Nancy Pelosi resign her leadership position. I’d like to see her resign her House seat. I’d like to see her membership card to the human race revoked. But no one expected Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats to gain control of the House in 2012.
No, those who should resign over their inability to capitalize on the election effort against the worst president in American history and a Democratic Party far more radical and out of touch with the values and principles that made the country great are the leaders of the Republican Party. They are responsible for what happened Nov. 6. And they need to go.
The list starts with Karl Rove. If he was indeed “the architect” of victories of the past, as he likes to be called, then certainly he was the architect of this political disaster. In fact, he was given far too much credit in the past for hollow and narrow victories by Republicans. For Rove, it was never about the precepts of constitutionally limited government, individual liberties and personal responsibility. It was about personal power and unlimited money. It still is. Who can forget how he threw Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle and Joe Miller overboard in 2010? Who can forget how he threw Todd Akin overboard in 2012? Who can forget how he threw the swiftboat vets overboard in 2004?
In 2012, it all caught up to Rove. There was no one to save the bean counter.
Next on the list to go should be Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He doesn’t need to resign his seat in the Senate. But, as leader, it was his job to win it back. Instead, he left it to Rove. And Republicans lost two seats instead of picking up two in a year in which many more Democrats faced re-election than Republicans.
McConnell has been hanging around for too long. The Republicans need a new leader – someone like Jim DeMint or Rand Paul.
And then there is John Boehner. He appeared to be celebrating on election night. Why? I guess because he only lost seven seats but held on to a slim majority of the House – and presumably the speakership. But if the House Republican members have any sense, they will dump Boehner – because he sure isn’t going to leave willingly of his own accord.
It’s not time for Republicans in the House and Senate to compromise with Democrats. It’s time to play their cards.
With control of one House, they still have enormous power. Because all spending bills need to originate in the House, they need to get used to saying no. And because both Houses of Congress need to agree to borrow any more money, they have the power to turn off the spigot – and they need to do it to save this country from going off a financial cliff that everyone, Democrats and Republicans alike, agree the nation is facing.
When you’ve borrowed way too much money, the answer isn’t to borrow less. The answer is to stop borrowing and live within your ample means by returning to constitutionally limited government. Period. End of story.
No matter what Republicans do, they will be vilified by the partisan, statist media. When they compromise, they are portrayed as being outwitted. When they don’t, they are accused of being obstructionist and extremist.
Well, as Barry Goldwater once said, “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”
That’s how Republicans need to act in 2013 and beyond.
It’s time to clean house. It’s time to get rid of the dead wood. It’s time for the Republican Party to start living up to its rhetoric.