If this were a world where Republicans had the courage of their convictions, Pat Toomey would be a Senator from Pennsylvania. Instead, he is the President of the Club for Growth, a conservative think-tank and advocacy group. The Club for Growth has run afoul of the Republican political machine in recent years for not holding the welfare of the party above the promotion of sound conservative principles. Today, Toomey has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal defending “RINO_hunting”, a sport that more conservatives should take up. Here’s his conclusion.
A Republican majority is only as useful as the policies that majority produces. When those policies look a lot like Democratic ones, the base rightly questions why it should keep Republicans in power. As the party gears up for elections in the fall, it ought to look closely at the losses suffered under a political strategy devoid of principle. Otherwise, it can look forward to a bad case of déjà vu.
It is, I think, impossible to look at the last four elections and come to any other conclusion. The Republican party would be wise to listen to Mr. Toomey. Michelle Malkin has a great suggestion:
Club for Growth should print that paragraph on greeting cards so we can send an avalanche of them to the GOP elite in Washington.
Instead, the Republican party has beclowned itself yet again. Read below the jump to see what new decisive action Republican leadership will take to remedy its problems.
Today, the news is out that House Minority Leader John Boehner has decided the solution to regaining the majority is – wait for it – forming a new committee.
This committee will advise the main National Republican Congressional Committee, the committee that actually goes out and looks for Republicans to run for office, helps fund their campaigns, and talks them up in the media. Boehner’s new committee won’t be doing any of that, though. It’ll just be advising the NRCC. What’s more, there will be members of the NRCC on the new committee where they will, one can only suppose, spend time advising themselves (can’t you go blind from that?).
Isn’t that exciting? The Republican Party is falling into ruin all about Boehner and his answer is to form a committee that will, according to one of the new committee’s members, “show that Boehner and NRCC Chairman Tom Cole ‘understand’ that they need to work closely together”.
Whoo! Feel the energy there, will you? Man, that’s just got to excite conservatives from sea to shining sea. It’s like all eight years of the Reagan Revolution cooked down into liquid form and jacked right into your veins. Don’t you feel energized?
No, I don’t mean, you guys on the left. Of course this is great news to you. What Democrat didn’t let out a little squeal of glee at the obtuseness of the Republican leadership this morning? So what if your convention is shaping up to be a Week of the Long Knives? You’re likely to hold Congress until I get to the age where I’d normally get Social Security, if the coffers aren’t full of mold and cobwebs by the time I get there.
Boehner’s brilliant idea isn’t even the equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. It’s sitting down in tea and scones while icy water is lapping around their shins and discussing when they’ll hold the meeting to decide which deck chairs will be rearranged, which decks will be rearranged first, and who will be assigned to the rearranging.
Maybe Toomey is glad that he’s not a Senator today after all.