Wednesday, 5 January 2011
That's right - (now former) Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi had to hand over the gavel, and the reins of the House of Representatives, to the new Republican Speaker John Boehner. Anyone who has read this blog knows how much I loathe that woman, and therefore being able to watch her have to keep that forced smile up through the whole thing, and then go through one of the longest farewell speeches in the world (in which she nearly broke her arm patting her own back!) just in order to keep herself in power for just a few more minutes...well, that was pretty amazing!
Having said that, it is important that we conservatives don't get too cocky. While controlling the House is enormous due to the fact that it is the House who propose the spending bills, the left still control the Senate and the White House, and are not afraid to use whatever power they have to force through their agenda at all costs. Republicans will need to be just as brutal as the left are in order to survive. Whatever today's momentous event means, it still does not change the fact that conservatism is a minority in Washington DC. That needs to change.
Boehner indicated in his speech that bills intended to repeal some of the nonsense we have had to put up with over the last few years will be put forward almost immediately. He noted that he intended to make it easier to cut spending than to increase it. Yet he will be fought tooth and nail on this, and he will have to avoid the pitfalls of "compromise" and "unity" that his opponents will set for him and his fellow Republicans in the House. The message of the Republicans - cut spending, cut taxes, repeal Obamacare etc - needs to be unchanging, and they need to be unswerving in their dedication to it.