Sunday, October 15, 2006

More on the GOP malaise 

I'm flying to San Francisco today, so I'll be a bit short on the bon mots, at least until this afternoon. I do recommend that you read the Instapundit's extended post on the various reasons for the drubbing that the Republicans are probably going to get in a couple of weeks. To all of the many suggested shortcomings of the GOP I would add that the Republicans have been astonishingly uncreative in their policy proposals. The Congressional Republicans have, in particular, suffered terribly for not having Newt Gingrich around, who is nothing if not creative. It is true, as Glenn says, that you go to war with the political class that you have, but one would hope that it would improve in a period of national challenge. Instead, my sense is it has gotten worse.


By Blogger D.E. Cloutier, at Mon Oct 16, 01:16:00 AM:

Politicians come and go.

One day the Muslim political right and the Christian political right will realize they have more in common with each other than they have with the political left in the U.S. and Europe. Then all hell will break loose.  

By Blogger Lanky_Bastard, at Tue Oct 17, 01:37:00 AM:

Don't count on it DEC. If Catholics and Protestants still argue, it's gonna be a long long time before they side with the Muslims. (Though curiously, a global religion is supposedly a sign of the apocalypse, so you might be right about Hell breaking loose)

Tiger, there's hundreds of Republicans in congress, some got to be creative. The problem is it's such a regimented environment. You guys have a top down problem. If I could call it like I see it, I think the issue is the leadership never focused on a policy for America (much less Iraq). They were more concerned with policies to gain and maintain power. I bet there's a lot of good republicans who had good ideas, but they weren't listened to.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Tue Oct 17, 02:00:00 AM:

Lanky, I think you are right.  

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