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May 02, 2005

What Republicans Need

Below, my colleague Matt speculates as to what Senate Republicans need.

Here are my thoughts, in order:

1. A collective spine implant.
2. An effective leader who will have the cajones to lead them--not just another consensus maker.
3. A concise, well-thought out agenda.
4. An articulate spokesman to discuss number 3.
5. Refer back to number 1.

Here's what they don't need:

6. Unanimity. Whip enough for a majority into shape and get on with it already.
7. A bunch of big egos, all of which need stroking.
8. The cooperation, or the friendship for that matter, of Senate Democrats.
9. The cooperation, or the love for that matter, of the mainstream media, which, despite the lunatic ravings of the left wing blogosphere, continues to be liberal in both philosophy, opinion, and news shaping.

Senate Republicans are too infatuated with 6 through 9 and haven't a clue about 1 through 5.

My goodness. Republicans control both houses with majorities, as well as the Presidency. Get on with it already. You do not need the mainstream media's permission to make progress. The mainstream media despised Ronald Reagan. Guess what, he managed to make progress despite them.

Give leadership a chance. You can always crawl back into your bunker of Senate collegiality if it doesn't work.

Posted by Mark at May 2, 2005 10:27 PM

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