Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Few Resolutions


I'm at a loss for resolutions this year. Must be because I already attained perfection in prior years (sarcasm). Truth is, I have been working really hard to clean and reorganize the house, fixing and repairing it. This is a huge job and will continue in 2010. So in the absence of any new resolutions of my own, here are some resolutions suggested by Karl Rove:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—who has reportedly let it be known that she is comfortable with losing scores of House seats to pass ObamaCare—might resolve to treat her pet Blue Dogs a little better. As for the Blue Dogs, why not resolve to become Republicans?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should resolve to strive for a little less unity in his caucus and in the meantime enjoy this term in office. It's likely to be his last unless Nevada Republicans tear themselves apart next year for the privilege of running against him.

Republican congressional leaders should resolve not to sit on their laurels. They're winning the battle for public opinion on health care, cap and trade, and spending, but by next fall, it won't be enough to surf voter dissatisfaction with Mr. Obama and Democrats. Voters will want to know what Republican candidates would do.

A second Contract with America won't suffice. The GOP really won in 1994 by arming candidates with a basket of issues to pick from. Next year, candidates must be fluent in kitchen-table issues from jobs to health care to deficits to spending.

Ambitious Republicans should resolve to run next year. There will be a wave of voter support for GOP positions, but authenticity, passion and conviction matter. Voters can smell them, so bone up on the issues and say what you believe, not what someone tells you to say.


More at the Wall Street Journal.

25 comments:

Bungalow Bill said...

Give the blue dogs a bone!

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

The last paragraph says it all, Dude. Now if we can get enough on our side to follow these very logical words.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Gotta love Rove! :)

WoFat said...

There is something about running for office that turns quite nice people into raving doinks.

Amusing Bunni said...

I resolve to vote all the bums out!
And also to expose the truth everywhere I go.
Good luck with the cleaning and renovations and such, Opie, I know that's hard work and I need to do some of that myself.

The_Kid said...

Good advice Opus.

I love to vote against dems but I won't waste my time with some bum in a red suit.

Nickie Goomba said...

Rowe is absolutely right about "kitchen table issues".

Snarky Basterd said...

"authenticity, passion and conviction matter" and "voters can smell them."

So do skeletons in the closet ... which is, typically, why we always seem to get stuck with the lesser of two evils.

We always need to keep that it in mind, vis a vis Rove's first point: "As for the Blue Dogs, why not resolve to become Republicans?"

My response would always be, once a lousy Democrat, ALWAYS a lousy Democrat. I don't want any more "moderates" in the party. I want them buried along with the liberals. At least with a liberal you know what you're fighting. See: Scozzafava.

Opus #6 said...

Bill, those Blue Dogs need to give ME a bone! Until they act fiscally conservative, they are just socialists to me.

They Say/We Say said...

We have seen some blue dogs jump to the Repubs. ALERT! ALERT! They will still vote with the Demos! Can you say Rino? This is what happened in '94. This is why we have a bunch of Rinos now.
They will not let us have a pure conservative party, with out awakening voters in those Districts.
There was a lot of criticizing the Repubs in the '90's-2,000's; did not do this or that. Of course not! Numbers for a Majority does not mean there will be enough votes for getting things done, and or with a slim Majority, either.
Then there was Sen. Lot; who was stupid enough to give the Demos Power Sharing.

LL said...

I agree with WoFat - a nice guy/gal who runs for office usually ends up like the Mr. Smith Goes To Washington character (played by Jimmy Stewart).

The Conservative Lady said...

I agree with SB...we don't want no stinkin' Blue Dogs. Stay! (in the Dem party where you belong.)
As for the Republicans...they need to fill their ranks with conservatives and speak out against every big spending liberal agenda item being shoved down our throats. Rove is right about this..."candidates must be fluent in kitchen-table issues from jobs to health care to deficits to spending." And they better have good ideas and plans to fix the mess Obama has gotten us into.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Is it weird that just seeing President Bush's face in this photo makes me feel better? I miss him.

Opus #6 said...

Fuzzy, funny you should mention that. When I was looking for pics of Karl on Google, I saw this one of the two of them together and felt all warm and fuzzy. Yes, I too feel better catching a glimpse of President Bush. Sigh.

Opus #6 said...

Odie, I believe that 17% of the electorate is past logic. The rest of them are starting to listen, or will do so in the next year or 2.

Opus #6 said...

Wofat, I think it is that politicians know they can't afford to offend anybody. So they try to say nothing at all with their words, which is offensive in and of itself. ;-)

Opus #6 said...

Bunni, let's throw the bums out, along with all the junk in the back of our closets! Happy 2010!

Opus #6 said...

Kid, I don't understand the part about the bum in the red suit.

Opus #6 said...

Nickie, that's why I keep him around.

Opus #6 said...

Snarky, right at usual. We need conservatives, not former liberals, in office.

Opus #6 said...

TSWS, you are correct. We need to remember our history.

Opus #6 said...

LL, I remember liking that movie.

Opus #6 said...

TCL, right. We want conservatives. It is just that the Blue Dogs is all we have had this past year, and we need to get out of that mindset.

Teresa said...

Rove, Picked some great New Year's resolutions. I always enjoy listening to his analysis on Fox.

Opus #6 said...

Teresa, me too!