Pin It
Favorite

Coup D'Tea 

Why would anyone want to talk solutions during an election?

click to enlarge art15634.jpg

It’s been an odd strategy. After winding up on the losing end of the biggest presidential blowout since the Reagan era, the Republican Party, with the nation at war and in economic crisis, decided to sit the next two years out. While Obama offered the politics of hope, the GOP became the party of nope.  

Now, after 23 months of nothing, the Republicans have unveiled their answer to these tricky times, giving voters something to weigh as they fill out their ballots. Or at least that’s the goal of “The Pledge to America.” (If it sounds like they’re plagiarizing their own “Contract with America” of 1994, that’s exactly the idea.)

So far the Pledge has landed with a thud. When FOX News’s Chris Wallace quizzed John Boehner last week on why there’s nothing concrete on Social Security or Medicare in the Pledge — two big-dollar programs in the federal budget — Boehner answered, “I think we need to do this in a more systemic way and have this conversation first. Let’s not get to the potential solutions.”

No, let’s not. Why would anyone want to talk about solutions during an election? Could his answer be any more cynical and out of touch?

If the GOP seems hopelessly irrelevant, it’s by their own doing. By taking a powder break from politics, they allowed a vacuum to form. Guys like Boehner might hope that a decade from now everyone will still be talking about his Pledge to America, but they won’t. The storyline is set, and 2010 will always be the Year of the Tea Party.

As the GOP stepped aside, a civil war broke out and a new movement seized the party’s reins and set the agenda. In many primaries, Tea Party-backed, far-out candidates have sent old-school Republicans into retirement. Bringing in fresh blood is generally good, but was the lesson of the party’s electoral debacle in 2008 that America wanted a more hard-line, John-Birchy GOP? America wants more moderate leaders — people who can fix things and not ruin the country by testing out their crackpot theories.

So this whole Tea Party fling might turn out to be an epic bender; GOP honchos may wake up the morning after with a headache instead of all those expected electoral gains. Whatever happens, they need to quit the do-nothing routine and get back to work to collaboratively solve our problems.

That’s the call of duty in these tough times.

Ted S. McGregor Jr. is the Editor and Publisher of The Inlander.
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Hiring Among Friends
  • Hiring Among Friends

    What's wrong with this picture? Todd Mielke wants the top job in Spokane County and his colleagues get to decide
    • May 20, 2015
  • Walking to Where, Exactly?
  • Walking to Where, Exactly?

    Publisher's Note
    • May 20, 2015
  • Too Early to Tell
  • Too Early to Tell

    What's your opinion of Emily Farris? Hint: You probably shouldn't have one yet
    • May 20, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Spokane Firefighters Memorial Project

Spokane Firefighters Memorial Project @ Bank of America Financial Center

Mon., May 25, 4 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Ted S. McGregor Jr.

Most Commented On

  • This Old House

    If it could talk, it could tell stories of three generations, along with a lot of griping from neighbors
    • Apr 29, 2015
  • On a Roll

    Just-announced reforms do little to safeguard Spokane against the danger of oil trains
    • May 6, 2015
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Comment


Briefs


Publisher's Note


marijuana


education


© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation