The Sole of the Republican Party

I love me some Sarah Palin. She is the one true voice of the Tea Party among politicians. She started in the PTA and eventually because the governor of Alaska. She fought corruption in her own party and beat the party machine. One thing she didn’t do was go up against Democrats. Newt Gingrich started his career in enemy territory. Unlike Mitt Romney, he didn’t become more liberal to win elections, he became more conservative and won Congress.

In the last century, Republicans have had both houses of Congress for only 24 years. Until 1994, they last had both houses in 1954 (for one term). Gingrich, who was known for crazy ideas, had one just crazy enough to work. He ran a national Congressional campaign based on conservative principles and government reform. There was a proposed balanced budget amendment, welfare reform, tax cuts and term limits. All went up for a vote in 1995. The amendments failed and much of the legislation died in the Senate.

Democrats eroded the Republican majority in 1996 and 1998, causing Republicans to lose faith in Gingrich’s leadership. After Gingrich left, a basically rudderless Republican Congress had weak gains in 2000 and small gains after the Afghanistan and Iraq wars in 2002 and 2004.

12 years after the Contract with America, (the original term limit proposal was for 12 years, which many pledged to at the time) the Republican Congress had become as corrupt and profligate as the Democrats. Democrats ran in 2006 on a platform of ending the wars (which they failed to deliver) and won back Congress. Voters were tired of Republican inaction.

If you believe that Gingrich was a master tactician who came up with the Contract as a way to gain power, he was a genius with an inability to lead. But if Gingrich truly believed the elements of the Contract were the way to fix government, he would have been very disappointed by the results and may not have even wanted to fight for the leadership by 1998.

The Obot media has gone to great pains to paint government reform and balanced budgets as ultra right-wing craziness. They want the Republican Party to be seen as far out of the mainstream. At the same time, they stupidly promote the stories of dissension in the ranks that proves the opposite. There is a Mitt Romney wing of the party where winning means you’re right. Then there’s the Tea Party wing, made up of actual citizens, who think that if you have to lose to uphold your principles, you’re done the right thing. What they believe in sounds a lot like the Contract with America.

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43 Responses to The Sole of the Republican Party

  1. ncguy says:

    When did this blog morph into a Republican cheer-leading section?

  2. votermom says:

    Days, do you mean sole as in the fish or sole as in the foot? 😛

    Great post. I like the Tea Party wing; the Mitt wing, not so much – tastes too much like the Obama wing.

    • 1539days says:

      He’s the sole, because he’s the last man standing.

      I’m just taking an alternate look at the Gingrich Congress. After he left, the Republicans turned into a bunch of lobbyist sucking bastards who only cared about winning elections. I don’t think Newt could have saved them, but the people who forced him out knew Newt is a frightening adversary.

  3. guest says:

    OT since I have an urge to link this article here with a big ‘we told you so’ to Obama’s lapdogs:

    Obama’s Woman Problem

    Also, this was the shortest lived article on memeorandum today.

  4. votermom says:

    I crack myself up:

  5. votermom says:

    Nobody beats IowaHawk:

  6. 1539days says:

    I heard a clip of a Democrat Hank Johnson blaming Fast and Furious on the conservatives. First, for being against gun control, even though the weapon sales had to be blessed by the AG to get out of the country. Then it was Bush’s fault because he had a similar program in his administration.

    Apparently, Republicans had no problem with Bush moving weapons to Mexico as part of a sting, but oppose Obama because he’s a Democrat.

    Okay. But I have a question. Why in the hell didn’t DEMOCRATS like that Congressman investigate when BUSH was president. At least the Republicans investigated at some point.

  7. Lola-at-Large says:

    OT: Still 4 Hill is asking for pro-Hillary comments at her Facebook page. Apparently Hillary will see them. Link is: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000417200451

  8. yttik says:

    It’s a real dilemma, Days. I’m one of those people who wants somebody conservative to focus all that energy on reforming government. What they usually invest in social issues, like invading our privacy and going after gay marriage or deciding pot smokers should face the death penalty, I want them to drop all that and demand that kind of transparency from government. You shouldn’t be all up in the people’s business, but you should be when it comes to government and how taxpayer funds are being spent.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      I hear that. I don’t give a shit about the culture war. I want a grand recodification. Take a look at it all and reform it top down and back up again. What can we afford? What are our priorities? How do we decide what our priorities are? I’m not even opposed to a new Constitutional Convention, assuming it didn’t include any of the major players from Washington or their lobbyists. Throw them ALL OUT. Put it ALL ON the table.

    • timothy2010 says:

      Funny I know quite a few hard core conservatives and I never hear them rant about gay marriage or a women’s right to choose. Suppose its because there aren’t enough hours in the day. immigration, debt and education seem to be the biggies from my vantage point.

    • timothy2010 says:

      She is impressive and seems to lack the look at me look at me gene so common amongst politicians, Won me over for how she handled the absurd manufactured sex stories. Rock on Nikki!

    • timothy2010 says:

      Love her for having her teams back. In a nut shell she said piss me off i will not back down but will work even harder. Sure to the consternation of many sexist pigs and obama loving feminists her referring to herself as a “girl” ready for a fight will make heads explode.

  9. guest says:

    Look at this woman ever so gently slapping Obama on the wrist.. he will get their votes still but not passion. Fuch you, Katha Politt, or whatever the fuck your name is.

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/165071/hhs-lets-treat-all-women-children

  10. 1539days says:

    Heh. The Influenced were mocking my spelling, which was intentional. I’m glad I’m not writing for that site. I’d have to dumb down my posts.

  11. Susan says:

    Tea Party people are very happy to take their government benefits. they just don’t want anyone else to get government benefits. Of course, in the end, they’re just tools for the likes of the Koch brothers and Mitch McConnell who think the same way.

    The country will be much better off when voters stop being tools of their obscenely wealthy overlords. The Tea party should get a clue.

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