Thursday, October 05, 2006

A sign of the Apocolypse?

I'm not a big fan of Fox News. Don't get me wrong, unlike liberals, I think they have a right to broadcast their news which tends to be pretty biased towards the right, I just decide not to watch it. All very libertarian.

That said, when Fox News says something like this, you know that it's pretty bad for the GOP.

I will blog more on the Foley scandal, but my short take? Hastert should step down. Not for the good of the GOP (even though I'm a Republican and I'm not crazy of having a Speaker Pelosi, I think the GOP needs to have their clock cleaned), but because he was in a position to do something about all of this and didn't. If the situation was reversed, the GOP would demand the head of a Democratic speaker and we should ask for no less.

Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan.


Anonymous said...

The thing of it is that Republicans will defend Hastert to the end, to the hilt. Still, I do not get how they can. He has not been the best Speaker. I am glad to see a fellow centrist with his head screwed on straight.

Halfback Jack said...

The Foley scandal is a symptom of a much larger problem for the GOP: they can no longer pontificate and be a mouthpiece for the right wing of the party. The GOP extended family is every bit as diverse as the Democrats, but that diversity is all but squelched.

Both parties have had their share of faux pas' over the years, and the ability to report on every seedy nuance in a matter of nanoseconds on the internet all but relegates "spin control" to the list of oxymorons.

The sheer idea of a Speaker Pelosi leaves me somewhat nauseated. Assuming (always dangerous to do this) that the Dems do get control of the House, they would be wise to find a core group of moderates to lead them--and us. Now is not the time to tilt the ship hard to port after we have been tiled to starboard for so long. We need moderate leadership--on both sides of the political aisle.

The real issue that will face the next Congress is to what extent they are going to let this administration continue to assert itself through executive orders, effectively bypassing the legislative branch. This is an issue that is bipartisan and goes to the very roots of our system of governance.

Both parties need to take a healthy dose of reality and promote a middle of the road approach--regardless of the outcome of the election.

The challenges are far greater for the GOP. The moderates have generally been left to wallow in a pool of policy and political purgatory since the days of Newt. The mess that awaits the next Congress will require leadership and a willingness to compromise. Failure to do so will result in status quo ante in the legislative branch and (I fear) an emboldened executive branch that will continue its misguided and arrogant approach.