So we have the massive midterm wave coming up in November which is bound to turn the House upside down and certainly rearrange the Senate. Bravo to the American people for choosing to make this happen.
All that being said, I am sitting here in a little disbelief watching the GOP act like Democrats when they were poised to take control in 2006. Take this piece for example from Politico:
If President Barack Obama needed any more incentive to go all out for Democrats this fall, here it is: Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democratic allies if they win back the majority.
Everything from the microscopic — the New Black Panther party — to the massive –- think bailouts — is on the GOP to-do list, according to a half-dozen Republican aides interviewed by POLITICO.
Republican staffers say there won’t be any self-destructive witch hunts, but they clearly are relishing the prospect of extracting information from an administration that touts transparency.
And a handful of aggressive would-be committee chairmen — led by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas) — are quietly gearing up for a possible season of subpoenas not seen since the Clinton wars of the late 1990s.
Granted some of these things (think Black Panther dismissal) should be looked into at some point, I think it is a question of timing.
Lets hearken back to 2006 when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were poised to storm Capital Hill with the “most ethical congress ever” bent on indicting George W. Bush and Dick Cheney on war crimes. The liberals seethed at the possibility of bringing Cheney before an international war crimes tribunal and finding all the evil deeds done by the Bush administration. Any platform such as spending, economy, defense, etc.. the Democrats ran on went out the window at the prospect of issuing subpoenas.
I would implore the GOP to stop measuring the subpoena drapes and start building a plan to push the second they win in November. A plan to tear down the growing government and empower the private sector to create jobs and produce economic growth. The swing voters in this cycle are looking for improved economic conditions and focus on a “three letter word: J-O-B-S!” The GOP cannot allow this wave to turn into a “gotcha” of the failures of the Obama administration, that would take entirely too long.
Instead, the GOP must rally behind the Ryan Roadmap or something equally as groundbreaking. That must be the focus.
Keep in mind that if there isn’t a “laser like focus on jobs,” the media will go on numerous field days discussing how the GOP is failing even worse than Obama on creating jobs and stimulating the economy. They’ll do it anyways, of course, but don’t give them any substance to point to like committee hearings and subpoenas.
So please, stick to the issues you are going to be elected on and that is empowering the private sector, controlling government growth and creating jobs as a result. Leave the subpoenas for sometime down the road after you rekindle some trust with the voters.