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November 11, 2006

Why The Republicans Lost

by Doug Mataconis

Much has been written, and much will continue to be written, about what happened on Tuesday and why the Republican Congressional majority that was created in the revolution of 1994 crumbled so quickly in 2006, but I don’t think anyone has said it better than the man who led that revolution twelve short years ago:

After having watched the majority he engineered in 1994 crumble in this week’s elections, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich laid into President Bush and congressional Republicans in an Atlanta appearance Thursday.

Taking questions after a medical forum, the former GOP congressman from Cobb County said four c’s — an absence of competence in Republican performance, an absence of candor, corruption and the bad advice of consultants — led to Tuesday’s defeat.

Interestingly enough, these are failures that one can also ascribe to the Democratic-controlled Congressional leadership that was overthrown in 1994. One would have thought that the GOP would have learned from their mistakes, but, obviously, more than a decade in power has destroyed the essence of the ideas that helped Gingrich and the rest of the GOP do something that, until that day, nobody ever thought they could do — return the Republican Party to majority control of the legislative branch.

Unfortunately, the promise of what happened in 1994 was betrayed long ago.

“I remember what it felt like the night we were at the Cobb Galleria and for the first time in 40 years we won control of the House and (there was) the Contract with America and people were very exicted about welfare reform and cutting taxes and balancing the budget and all those things, and I have to say 12 years later that I’m very disappointed, but if you look at what I’ve said all year, I’m not surprised.”

As for whatRepublicans should do now, he said, “I believe the House and Senate Republicans and the White House need to take a deep breath and think very seriously about this election result, because I think we’re at a very important turning point this is either a temporary interruption of what has been a gradually consolidating center-right majority, or this is a breakdown of that center-right majority leading to a significant effort to establish a center-left government majority.”

Remind me again why we kicked this guy out of Washington ?

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  2. The liberals took over the GOP in 00. American looked the other way in 02 and 04 when we were told and we believed we would win the War on Terror. Nobody now believes we are going to win. Even the liberal Bush. As evidenced by his firing of Rummy and nominating a “cut and run” man from A+M to replace Rummy.
    Without the war to distract the voters from the massive growth of the govt (over 61% since 00!) voters realized that today’s liberals are the Republicans.

    Reagan men (17 -21 depending on who you read) did win election to Congress in 06, with Jim Webb at the top of the list. But *all* Reaganm men were Democrats! The Regan Democrats have been attacked by Bush since Jan 05 and are fed up. They have gone back home. Most, like Webb, would rejoin the GOP if the liberal leadership were replaced. But that is not going to happen.

    Comment by Rodney A Stanton — November 11, 2006 @ 5:40 pm
  3. [...] Rodney A Stanton: The liberals took over the GOP in 00. American looked the other way in 02 and 04 when we were told… [...]

    Pingback by The Liberty Papers»Blog Archive » Well If That’s All You Can Come Up With…. — November 12, 2006 @ 4:41 am
  4. [...] To remind you why Republicans lost last Tuesday, they lost because they went Washington and they support Big Government. Mel Martinez’s office, if you remember, was the author of an infamous memo during the Terri Schiavo tragedy that gave talking points for Republicans to use on that issue. The Republicans do not do themselves a service with limited government voters by appointing a man who sought to use the tragedy and government intervention in the dispute of the Schiavo and Schindler families for political gain. [...]

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