Sunday, November 12, 2006

GOP Weekly Strategy Meeting: We Weren't Conservative Enough

Oh, just go right on thinking that. I'd love to have a GOP even more crazy.
"Our successes are killing us," said Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform who convenes the weekly meeting. He compared Tuesday's election to the story of the princess and the pea, with the pea being liberal governance.

"Whenever we solve a problem — like cutting taxes or destroying the Soviet Union — we are in effect adding another mattress," he said. "We have to go back to the voters and convince them, 'you still can’t sleep because the goddamn pea is killing you.'"

The pillars of the movement, Mr. Podesta said, had collapsed under the weight of conservative rule: "stewardship of the Iraq war" had undercut conservatives' credibility on national security; budget deficits and stagnant wages had discredited tax cuts; and Congressional scandals had given the lie to the movement's moral values. As a result, he said, the Reagan Democrats were returning.

ASSESSING the election, William F. Buckley Jr., who founded the National Review magazine and helped define the movement, said he was not optimistic about the immediate future. "The conservative movement is in a sense inanimate, compared to 20 or 30 years ago," he said.
Republican'ts as featherbedders burying pea-size problems, you tell them Norquist. Campaign on running up the debt, carpet-bombing Iraq in order to save it, cutting veteran's benefits, Social Security and Medicare -- that will get you your majority back, Yessireebob I guarantee. Jonathan Singer also urges them to go for it. The only thing better than this strategy would be a conservative urging their Republican representatives to all resign because of the liberal dictatorship. I guess that was only Oregon but the same principle applies in D.C.. Doesn't the GOP follow their grass roots convictions?

The article is an example of the current Conventional Wisdom meme that the incoming Democrats are more conservative. Wrong, but we learn that the GOP is saying their conservative caucus did not lose a member. So does that make more influence by both the progressive caucus and the conservative caucus? The Progressive Caucus wins this battle for influence.

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