From the Washington Post.
Democrats To Start Without GOP Input
As they prepare to take control of Congress this week and face up to campaign pledges to restore bipartisanship and openness, Democrats are planning to largely sideline Republicans from the first burst of lawmaking.
House Democrats intend to pass a raft of popular measures as part of their well-publicized plan for the first 100 hours. They include tightening ethics rules for lawmakers, raising the minimum wage, allowing more research on stem cells and cutting interest rates on student loans.
They are doing the same thing Tom Foley did. Too bad Pelosi isn't from a swing area like Spokane, but from San Francisco which would vote for Joe Stalin.
If the Republicans want the house back, they need to make sure the dems do not lead and that they DO lead. The GOP needs to LEAD, and make the dems follow. They have the ability to do that, just as the dems in the minority (due mostly to the idiots in the senate) derailed what the GOP did. This takes hardball and guts, and is the same type of thing the dems to against the GOP.
The GOP needs to do this.
1. Come up with strong alternative plans to Pelosi's. The alternatives must be solid have have less government principles. Going away from that hurt us.
2. Find the snakes in Pelosi's plan, and expose it.
3. Split the "conservative dems" away from Pelosi. If that doesn't work - fillibuster the dems plans in the senate unless there is compromise. Put pressure on Jim Webb and Jon Tester constantly for the next six years. Put pressure on the House Freshmen who won in districts they normally wouldn't have in regular elections. The three in Indiana, the Kentucky seat, Western North Carolina, Topeka Kansas, two or three of the Pennsylvania seats, The New Hampshire coastal seat (The other one was historically dem and flipped back), and those areas.
4. Have Bush go on offense and announce he'll sign the alternative plan, but not Pelosi's for the reasons given.
5. Bush and the GOP need to do a Clinton and take credit for all the reforms - but unlike Clinton's taking credit for GOP reforms, the reforms need to really be GOP reforms.
Time to play hardball.
I haven't seen the dems plans yet, but I expect a few snakes in the grass there (just like I would from a McCain plan) which would take some freedoms away - there always is one somewhere.