Friday, November 7, 2008

Moderate Republicans: It was Obama's fault that he won.

Today John Boehner, the House Minority Leader, in an article in The Washington Post, wrote:

"Some Democrats and pundits may want to read Tuesday’s results as a repudiation of conservatism — a sign that Republicans should give Democrats on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue a free ride. I don’t see it that way, and neither should Republicans across the country.
The next four years are critical to the future of our families, our economy and our country, and we have a responsibility to rebuild our party by fighting for the principles of freedom, opportunity, security and individual liberty — the principles upon which the GOP was founded. Recommitting ourselves to these principles means two things: vigorously fighting a far-left agenda that is out of step with the wishes of the vast majority of Americans and, more important, promoting superior Republican alternatives that prove that we offer a better vision for our country’s future.
America is still a center-right country. This election was neither a referendum in favor of the left’s approach to key issues nor a mandate for big government. Obama campaigned by masking liberal policies with moderate rhetoric to make his agenda more palatable to voters. Soon he will seek to advance these policies through a Congress that was purchased by liberal special interests such as unions, trial lawyers and radical environmentalists, and he’ll have a fight on his hands when he does so.
In record numbers, Americans voted on Tuesday for a skillful presidential nominee promising change, but “change” should not be confused with a license to raise taxes, drive up wasteful government spending, weaken our security, or give more power to Washington, Big Labor bosses and the trial bar. Americans did not vote for higher taxes to fund a redistribution of wealth; drastic cuts in funding for our troops; the end of secret ballots for workers participating in union elections; more costly obstacles to American energy production; or the imposition of government-run health care on employers and working families."

With all due respect Mr. Boehner, it wasn't anything President-Elect Obama did - other than running a well organized, extremely effective campaign. As Bobby Jindal (R), governor of Louisiana stated on the Laura Ingraham show today, "If you give people the choice of voting for a liberal or a moderate, they historically choose the liberal".

Mr. Boehner, you and your colleagues have allowed - and maybe even helped - the Republican Party to drift to the center, allowed the message and the values to become blurred, and you have failed to jealously pursue the preservation of the conservative platform upon which you and many of your colleagues ran, all in the name of "getting along".

This is the list of the people who need to be in leadership- or at least advising - in the Republican Party:

Sarah Palin, Mike Pence
Jim DeMint, Tim Pawlenty
Marcia Blackburn, Jeff Flake
Jeff Sessions, Michael S. Steele
Mike Rogers, Bobby Jindal
J.C. Watts (if he'll come out of retirement), Duncan Hunter
Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich
Fred Thompson

Mr. Boehner, you've been there long enough as House Minority Leader. You've watched what has happened to this party and you deny there is a need to rebuild voter trust. Instead, you blame the voters for being hoodwinked by a slick campaign.

Time to say good-bye.

No comments: