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Republican Leadership elected
Posted by: Jon Henke on Friday, November 17, 2006

Contrary to the wishes we'd expressed at QandO, the Republicans have elected John Boehner (Minority Leader) and Roy Blunt (Minority Whip) to the leadership positions in the House. According to Human Events and Hotline on Call, the Minority Leader vote was:

  • John Boehner - 168
    Mike Pence - 27

Quoted at Human Events:
One Hill aide remarked, "It's like 1976. Ford had the votes, Reagan had the people."
The Minority Whip vote result:

  • Blunt - 137
    Shadegg - 57


I had hoped that the Republicans would install the most pro-liberty, pro-limited government voices available. They did not. However, I will watch anxiously, in hopes that the new leadership really has learned the lesson, and can — as McCain suggested — value their limited government ideals over their incumbency. If the past few decades has taught us anything, it is that the Republican Party is never more popular than when it unapologetically defends free people against the encroachment of Big Government.

Meanwhile, our dichotomy:
The Democrats have their best political cycle in 12 years, and conclude that the way to start off is electing a Speaker and Majority Leader who don't just hate each other, they won't even return phone calls.

The Republicans have their worst political cycle in 12 years, and conclude that everything's fine, there's no problem, and they should just stay the course.
 
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Wow.

Boehner, Blunt, Lott, Martinez.

I’m stoked.
 
Written By: McQ
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Looks like they’re expecting the Democrats to self-destruct. Or look a lot worse than the Republicans did while they were in office.

While that’s certainly possible, I’d be surprised if it happened in 2 years.
 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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*washing my hands*
McQ’s words exactly. No need for anything else to describe how godd*mn elated I am.
 
Written By: OrneryWP
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As I said, the GOP CAN look at ’06 as a bad day at the races, not a thump’n...with Pelosi and Conyers at the helm they may figure, do the minimum, get reelected.

I believe a man won a Nobel Prize in Economics on how firms "satisfice"... they really don’t seek the Optimum solution, outcome, they do the MINIMUM, to survive. Even in Evolution the phrase is NOT "Survival of the FITTEST" it’s "Survival of the FIT." So, I reckon the GOP wants to satisfice this one...be the fit one, not some optimizing firm.
 
Written By: Joe
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That’s just the thing: they are not surviving. As Quin Hillyer at the American Spectator said perfectly:
The election of the same two top Republican leaders in the House is as short-sighted and indeed asinine a reaction to a devastating election defeat as has been seen in modern political history. Clearly, the Republican solons have no clue what the country wants, no clue how institutionally corrupt they look, and no clue how badly they have betrayed the rank and file of their party, not to mention how badly they have insulted the conservative movement.
That about sums it up. When the electorate gives you a timeout, don’t immediately promise to keep being the same misbehaving cretin.
I’m going to be sick.
 
Written By: OrneryWP
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The only thing I can think of is that the GOP- seeing how they’re going to be in the minority and not in control of the agenda - decided to go for procedural savvy over idealogy.

Woopee.
 
Written By: shark
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This makes my decision to never refer to myself as a Republican ever again really easy.

It should be hilarious to watch all that government spending being restrained by "gridlock".
 
Written By: DS
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This makes my decision to never refer to myself as a Republican ever again really easy.
Awwwwww, someone’s taking their ball and going home. Get over it, everyone.

If you, like I, want the country to move in a more Libertarian direction, it’s going to be done by moving the Republican party more Libertarian, and that’s neither a quick nor an easy process. There is no hope for the Libertarian Party. None. Zero. Zilch. The LP is a waste of a political party (and yes, I do want my years of membership dues back!) The Dems and Libertarianism go together like Dr. Phil and JheriCurl. So you’ve got a limited choice.

Stop whining and stop taking every setback as GAME OVER. A few thousand votes in Montana and VA and the R’s would still run the Senate.

Furthermore, 90% of the Republican incumbents still remain in Congress after the most recent election. What did you expect, John Galt and Dagny Taggart?
 
Written By: Come on, Please
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If you, like I, want the country to move in a more Libertarian direction, it’s going to be done by moving the Republican party more Libertarian, and that’s neither a quick nor an easy process.
OTOH, Pence and Shadegg were the way to make that happen more quickly and easily, so you’ll have to excuse those of us who realize that for being disappointed that the "old guard" were reelected.

BTW:
The Dems and Libertarianism go together like Dr. Phil and JheriCurl.
Great line.
 
Written By: McQ
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Furthermore, 90% of the Republican incumbents still remain in Congress after the most recent election.
Those guys are the problem. They are the ones who overwhelmingly elected big spending, big government "conservatives" to the leadership, and it wasn’t even close. Weren’t all the Contract with America people supposed to be for term limits? What is John Boehner even doing in the congress, his 3 terms were up a long time ago.

I took "my ball" home a long time ago, which is an odd analogy since I’m still the same minarchist, small government conservative I was back in 1994. The Republican party went in an entirely different direction. I was simply holding out a smidgen of hope that they might have learned something in this process. They have not.
A few thousand votes in Montana and VA and the R’s would still run the Senate.
I fail to see how keeping the Senate Republican would have been a positive for libertarians. The lesson learned here is that Republican or Democrat doesn’t really seem to matter, they are both big spending monstrosities, the only difference being what the money is spent on.
 
Written By: DS
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I’ve said for decades, now: The worst thing you can give a Democrat is precisely what they ask for. They wanted to win, and now they’ve won.

But I’m reminded of Robert Redford’s 1972 movie, "The Candidate", where he’s just won the election and asks: "OK, Now what?"


 
Written By: Bithead
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I fail to see how keeping the Senate Republican would have been a positive for libertarians. The lesson learned here is that Republican or Democrat doesn’t really seem to matter, they are both big spending monstrosities, the only difference being what the money is spent on.
You’re right, but with the D’s now back in power stuff like minimum wage, estate and capital gains tax and free trade agreements may be pushed even further leftward.
 
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