“You shall not pass!”
Rasmussen released a poll the day after the election indicating that 59% expected the incoming GOP House majority to disappoint them over the next two years.
In my opinion, it all comes down to what we expect the Republicans to be able to do. The fact is, the GOP has a governing majority in the House, but they don’t control the Senate or the White House. So, what are their options if they wish to honor the sentiments of those who swept them into office?
I suggest a two part strategy.
First, OBSTRUCT! In the House, the GOP can prevent any more of the left’s agenda from even coming up for a vote. In the Senate, the Dems no longer have a filibuster-proof majority – take advantage of this.
Second, GET ON RECORD! The House should hold roll-call votes on the repeal of the odious things (like ObamaCare) that have already passed. Then, hold roll-call votes on new legislation that reflects conservative values (WITHIN actual constitutional boundaries, thank you very much). So what if the Senate doesn’t join in? When 2012 comes along, you DO want to still be able to draw a distinction between yourselves and the Dems, don’t you?
So, GOP – do you have the guts to do this? Or will you go back to your old ways of trying your best to be liked by the Dems in Congress and in the media?
Free hint: The latter option is how you lost in 2006 and 2008. Your base is in NO mood to see you go back to that. Just sayin’.