June 10, 2008

Because strong, principled leadership means never having to lead

From the Politico (emphasis mine):

[Jeb] Hensarling, the chairman of the RSC, has gathered more than the 50 signatures he needs to force an internal caucus vote on the unilateral earmark moratorium. The Texan could call for a vote anytime, thereby forcing members to choose between banning earmarks and supporting House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), who opposes earmarks himself but doesn’t want to get ahead of a majority of his caucus.

Pardon me, but what the hell is Boehner doing as House Minority Leader if he doesn't want to, ya know, lead? Why not just have the balls to say that you don't think the House GOP should have to rally around anything?

I'm all for the Big Tent Republican Party, but once you get inside the tent there needs to be some order. I'd think that having a Minority Leader who actually wanted to lead would help.

Oh yes, and for the few of you who think that another big loss in 2008 will send the GOP a message, think again:
A current Republican leader says that Hensarling and the conservatives “are doing Rahm’s work for him” — a reference to Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman who helped orchestrate the Democrats’ takeover of the House two years ago.

You see, if we do lose handily in 2008, it will be because of those dogmatic hard-line conservatives in the Republican Study Committee. It will have nothing to do with the fact that the conservative base now sees the GOP as "Democrat Lite".

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