Monday, May 08, 2006

Republican Insurgency?

More conservatives start to jump ship ... and are quoted by (one-time Bush defender) Andrew Sullivan. --Jeff Weintraub
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Monday, May 8, 2006

The Republican Insurgency

08 May 2006 11:03 am

It grows. The NYT says today that Rove's strategy will be to emphasize the horror of Speaker Pelosi as a reason for Republicans to show up in November. We'll get the usual gay-baiting, nicely timed to be rolled out in the Senate on 6/6/6. So what else? Greg Djerejian is not going to fall for the national security line one more time:

Rovemanuelbalcecenetaap_2 Look, I was talking to a partner at a leading private equity firm a few days back about the state of play in DC. He leans strongly Republican. The 'Decider' line came up. He said: "I mean, what the eff is this, a banana republic"? Indeed. We've had it. The government appears increasingly cretinized and dysfunctional. At this point, despite the bubble-headed idiocy of the Pelosi-wing, I can't help feeling thinking Republicans should be rooting for the Democrats to take control of the House in November, subpoena power and all. I mean, what are the arguments for Republicans keeping control? $100 oil rebates and other Fristian crapola? Or something else? Seriously, let's discuss the pros and cons of having the Democrats take the House in November. But let's do better than the war on terruh will be imperiled, OK?

Amen. I fear the real message will be along the lines of one of the commenters at Balloon Juice:

1) The Mexicans are responsible for you having a lousy job.
2) Democrats hate Jesus and Christians.
3) The Gay agenda is being aggressively sold to your children in public schools.
4) If you don't support the president's war on terror you are a Saddam lover.
5) Hillary Clinton is evil personified. (Check out the lunacy on PJ Media lately?)

Persuaded? Me neither.

(Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP.)
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Monday, May 8, 2006

Quote for the Day II

08 May 2006 10:35 am

"At some point, we have got to stop this madness here in Washington D.C. ... The American people are as mad at us about driving this country economically off the edge as any one thing ... What we’re doing to this country is almost criminal," - Republican senator, Chuck Hagel, on the GOP's fiscal insanity.

With the Democrats' now pledging to restore the pay-as-you-go principle in Congressional appropriations - i.e. every new spending increase has to be balanced by a tax increase - it's clear which party formally represents fiscal conservatism. Whether the Democrats deliver is another matter. But one thing we know: the GOP hasn't delivered. They have spent and borrowed at rates that fully merit the "criminal" rhetoric now lobbed by their own side. They deserve to be punished. Kick them out.

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