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What the?! – GOP Backslides On Leadership Caucus

Posted by David Keelan on Friday, November 17, 2006

I found this at WEBLOGGIN

The results are in and the Dems are sure to celebrate the GOP’s decision to turn a tin ear to the conservative base and pick their leaders from the same old boys club that failed us so miserably over the last six years. Now that the word is in all I have to says is WHAT THE?!!

I would also like to also thank the GOP for giving the liberal media more ammunition to bash them over the head with as can be seen exemplified in this reaction from The Nation.

(speaking of Mike Pence’s failed efforts to reform the party)
By an overwhelming margin, they chose to remain in the wilderness.

By a 168-27 vote, GOP caucus members made the outgoing majority leader, Ohioan John Boehner, the minority leader in the next Congress. Boehner, who is perhaps best known for his bumbling approach to the scandal involving former Florida Representative Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record) and House pages — in which he appeared, at one point, to indict outgoing Speaker Dennis Hastert — and for his backroom approach to budgeting, will keep a Tom DeLay face on the caucus.

Boehner’s No. 2, Missouri’s Roy Blunt, a DeLay lieutenant who has been associated with every major scandal to hit the House Republican Caucus in recent years, was retained as caucus whip by a vote of 147-57 over Arizona conservative Rep. John Shadegg, who like Pence ran as a reformer.

The GOP is so predictable that I am pretty sure that the article was written before the decision was announced.

Other immediate reactions come to mind, Same Ol’ Same Ol’, goodbye, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?,….

If there ever was a sign that the GOP is no longer the party of First Principles this is it.

On the up side I suppose we can sleep better knowing that the party the conservative base once defended is no longer in the position to make us look stupid for having faith that they would eventually come back home to the base.

I won’t be on that bandwagon; they can fail without my faith and support.


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