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Good Questions for Republicans

March 8, 2009

One of my biggest problems with the Democrats vis-a-vis their opposition to the War has been their inability to come up with anything credible as a counter-plan. Nothing I ever saw made a lick of sense if one actually intended to win the war (or, to be fair, if one thought it was possible to do so).

Now the tables are somewhat turned and we have a Democratic majority in charge of this financial mess – not to mention the lingering wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (plus everything else) – and it is now the responsibility of the Republicans to be the loyal opposition and oppose responsibly in contradistinction to the Democrats behavior over the last 8 years, not to mention the fantasy spending spree now in progress.

Towards that end, Victor Davis Hanson asks:

Do Republicans offer an antithesis? Can they explain the Bush deficits and take responsibility for them, as well as the Republican congressional creepiness from 2002-06 (Craig, Stevens, Cunningham, Foley, etc)? And most importantly, will they offer counterproposals—a stimulus much smaller, mixtures of loan guarantees, tax cuts, and (some) public works alone, coupled with spending caps as soon as GDP growth returns? Can they articulate how the market corrected, say, in 1980-3, without our government going socialist? Can we get a plan not merely to balance the budget, but to pay off the debt? If not, legitimate criticisms of Obama fall on deaf ears without some positive alternative.

I don’t see this happening. Not only is the GOP seemingly speechless, it’s headless- running around amok. God help us all.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Thomas Jackson permalink
    March 8, 2009 10:09 pm

    The GOP has offered endless proposals but since them squashed because the dhimmies “won.” It is of course their right to do so.

    When the GOP comes to power after our Kenyan president destroys the economy I see no reason why the dhimmies shopuldn’t be treated with the same bipartisan spirit, courtesy, and spirit for which they are so noted.

    Do you seriously intend to say that the GOP is going along with Obama? As for leadership, during the Bush years I saw polcieis designed to alienate the base. Now the best brains will move to the lead and idiots like Steele will be discredited along with those like Frum, Patterico, and Moran who seem to think McCain was way too conservative to be the basis for a new GOP.

    • March 8, 2009 10:30 pm

      No, I don’t think the GOP is going along with Obama, but I think the question is do they offer a credible alternative? It’s one thing to obstruct, it’s another to offer positive alternatives. It’s yet another to offer positive, credible alternatives in an attractive candidate. Dropping terms like “dhimmies” and Kenyan (you ment Kenesian, right?) isn’t really going to help. Nor will nursing revenge fantasies.

  2. Timmy C. permalink
    March 9, 2009 10:31 am

    This may be a bit like a Yankees fan giving advice to the Redsocks…but:

    If I were a Republican trying to reform the party, and were looking for voices with new ideas on the economy, then Republican Governor of Utah John Huntsman would be the type of person I’d be encouraging.

    He was constructively critical but less knee-jerk in his response to the stimulus bill — calling it a “necessary one time boost.” …in fact he thought the overall amount of the stimulus should have been larger… a brave statement for a Republican to make.

    And he took all the stimulus money to Utah saying: “federal aid [to Utah] for infrastructure will give his state an early start on projects it had already planned. That could help get the economy moving…”

    A possible Presidential candidate for 2012, a social conservative Mormon Governor of a Ruby red state, still he’s shown what sounds like an authentic desire for new thinking in Conservative politics: “It’s about bold solutions and pragmatic approaches that make us [Republicans] pre-eminent as opposed to kind of gratuitous political griping….

    “I had Newt Gingrich in my office a few weeks ago,” Mr. Huntsman said. “What did we talk about? We didn’t talk about how you harpoon the opposition through gratuitous rhetoric. It was health care … environment and energy reform. Real ideas.”

    And Obama’s team reportedly reached out to him as someone they saw as willing to be a bipartisan voice in work together with.

    I’m not sure exactly what all his bold solutions are per se, (although I know he’s been pushing green energy solutions for his solar-energy-friendly state) but he seems to be trying to head in the right direction…

    As he continues to talk about economic issues, which he surely will, he is a Republican voice I’ll take very seriously as a Democrat.

    • March 9, 2009 11:43 am

      This is certainly one gambit, but IMHO it seems more like an echo. I can understand why you like him- it sounds like he could easily run as a Blue Dog Dem. That may get the GOP back on the map, but I’m not really interested in that. I’m interested in finding an effective spokesperson for my point of view.

      It may be the case that we are in for a Canada-style liberal vs. liberal lite governing system. Doesn’t particularly appeal to me.

      “Bi-partisan”. Ugh. It always means “acting like a Democrat”. Always, no matter who’s in power.

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