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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Happy Black Thursday

As my eyes start to bleed watching Speaker Pelosi, I appreciated this symposium over at National Review Online, where they asked congressional experts for advice on what the GOP should do as the minority.

I saw this advice from Grover Norquist and think this is exactly what is needed over the next few years:

Grover Norquist

For the next two years conservatives will not be able to pass any useful legislation through the House of Representatives. Memorize that sentence. Place it on your PC screensaver. Use it as your message on your answering machine. A discreet but easily accessed tattoo would be helpful.

All temptations to actually pass something lead to a conversation where the hard left of the Democrat party — the old bulls who are the Democrat leadership and committee chairmen — has a veto over anything. You can label the bottle. They will fill it.

Republicans in Congress need to use the first 100 days and the next two years to lose. Propose House rules that keep the present GOP requirement for a 3/5 vote to raise taxes. And lose. Propose House rules that term limit committee chairmen — the old GOP rule only applied to Republicans. And lose. Propose a tax cut. And lose. Heck, get denied an actual vote. Have a procedural vote. And lose. Propose an end to earmarks. And lose. Write welfare reform part three. And lose.

In November 2006 not enough voters saw a Republican congressional leadership they wanted to vote for and too few saw Democrat party leadership that scared them. The next two years is about changing both of those perceptions.

— Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform.

I don't believe any of the Democratic b.s. about bipartisanship. Perhaps if Dickie Gephardt were around.... but no, the leadership in the Dem party is more left-wing than ever. And given the unabashed alignment of the media with the Democratic party (it's a glee-fest on MSNBC every night leading up to today), they'll have zero incentive to even talk to the GOP.

And now that all in the universe is put back in order since that fateful day in 1994, don't expect to see many GOP faces on the talking-head shows to even voice their opinions.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler