It’s about time to start using the “n” word

No. No! NO! NO! Hell, NO!

There, I’ve said it, and it would do the GOP a lot of good if more Republicans would say it, too.  Voters in early polls did say it to Arlen Specter, who’s now busy boohooin at CNN about the “one vote, the stimulus package vote, [where he] was ostracized.”

Unfortunately, it seems that a lot of senior GOP-types still don’t get it.

Republican House Whip Eric Cantor has just announced the formation of the National Council for a New America, which is described as “a forward-looking, grassroots caucus intended to bring together Congressional leaders with a national panel of experts.”

In reality, the National Council for a New America looks like another top-down organization which will be conducting forums and town hall meetings to push an agenda which looks just like the same-old agenda we’ve been seeing from Republicans.

As an example, their proposed national security agenda seems little different from the Bush Doctrine most Americans despise:

The threats posed to our nation are more varied and evolving more than perhaps at any other time in our history. Modern communications, technology and the proliferation of weapons of all types have empowered our enemies and those who support them. Our national security policy must reflect these realities while allowing us to maintain technological superiority, support the most well-trained and well-equipped military in the world and have the intelligence capabilities to uncover and prevent attacks before they occur.

Their plans for the economy, healthcare, education and energy don’t look any different, either.

Adding insult to injury, one of their top five policy experts is going to be John McCain.

The Washington Post reports:

At a pizza restaurant in Arlington, where they officially unveiled the National Council for a New America, party leaders attempted to portray Republicans as sensitive to the concerns of average Americans and to shake off the “Party of No” label that Democrats have tried to affix to the GOP.

America could use a lot more “no” these days, not less.  While one doesn’t expect Republicans to be moral enough to take a moral stand on an issue like torture, they could at least be saying no to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailouts, no auto bailouts, no to bank bailouts, no to TARP funding, no to stimulus packages, no to deficit spending.

Instead, the same guy who endorsed a bailout and brought us McCain-Feingold is going to once again be cheerleading for the “yes” crowd.

If the GOP leadership wants to continue to say “yes” to big-government, they can expect the voters to tell them “no”, just like they did to Arlen Specter.

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  • Vern McKinley

    Yes I was watching this on CSPAN and thinking I could not recall a major policy difference between Romney and George W. over the course of his presidential campaign. Then I also heard him say in a speech recently that he supported the TARP. Cantor voted for it. Why the hell would they be the “new” face of the GOP.

  • Stephen Gordon


    The biggest differentiation I saw between Bush and Romney was that Bush prefers Medicare Part D while Romney prefers to push healthcare one can’t refuse.

    To his credit, even McCain (who I loathe) stood out in one area: torture.

    What’s weird is that a lot of former Romney folks are the ones pushing Tea Parties and other portions of the small-government agenda.

    Romney turned over his CPAC booth to Ron Paul when he dropped from the presidential race.

    There is some disconnect here that I still don’t grok in fullness.

  • Stefan

    Gordon yes, Mr. “double Guantanamo” does seem quite vulnerable with the torture-memo’s released.
    As you say, this is another top-down display. And the whole initiative is apparently from Jeb Bush
    , just as Americans have voted they have had more than enough of Bush 2 and did not want any Bush 3 (which they do seem to get in another form, Bush on steroids).
    They seem to be unable to realise that the very Independents and “soft Democrats” and disillusioned Republicans they are aiming for with the townhall meetings are exactly the type of people that are attracted to Ron Paul’s constitutional message. the people do not want any “tricks”, they want honesty that you can believe in.

    What’s also weird is that while Romney professed himself to be an Independent during Reagan in the Kennedy debate, he professed himself to be a “Reagan Republican” during the primary season, just like George Bush in 1999/2000 and now Jeb Bush is saying forget about Reagan nostalgia.
    Someone now on our side who knows the Bushes very well and at first contributed the max (2300) to Romney, is Doug Wead and he can “hurt” them much while he has credibility and name recognition with the “Bush Republicans”.

    Vern: hopefully there is a district in VA where you aim for congress in 2010, as you will be an outstanding congressman (GOP needs real financial solid knowledge and experience). The GOP has lost a few seats in VA, so there should be a possibility to go for a district where you can retake a GOP seat. You have some experience campaigning also against a long incumbent. Wonder whether Wolf will want to continue in 2010? Tom McClintock in South CA campaigned for a seat in north CA and said he will move to the district, if elected, and this has happened. Thus you do not need to live in the district already. Just see where you can at best retake/take a D seat or beat an incumbent that voted for the bailouts and with which there is a lot of dissatisfaction.

  • Vern McKinley

    Not sure how reliable this is or where it is sourced, but appears Wolf will run again in 2010 (search “wolf”):

    Unless he gets tainted by scandal I think he has that seat as long as he wants it.

  • Kevin


    The disconnect is simple to understand, Multiple Choice Mitt was able to con enough small government conservatives by flip-flopping enough to portray himself as the most conservative candidate (not difficult when your primary opponents are Rudy Ghouliani and John McLame).

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