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Party outlook, post-election I

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| Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:00 p.m

The historic 2010 tea-party-fueled midterm “wave” election was driven by substantive policy, such as reducing spending and repealing or defunding ObamaCare. Despite controlling the purse strings, the GOP did neither.

This year’s “wave” found the GOP “campaign of nothing” besting six years of Democratic Party policy failure — a refutation of liberalism rather than an affirmation of Republicanism. Weakness is not a virtue to emulate or vote for, as the GOP articulated nothing, fought for even less, and now must not be as timid and devoid of substance as its campaign. GOP Senate control was granted to halt President Obama’s agenda, not to cross the aisle post-election and enact it. ObamaCare and lawless amnesty for millions of illegal aliens are crippling blows the republic can’t arise from and immediate challenges the Republicans can’t run from.

These are perilous times that demand statesmen, not statists, performing public service rather than self-service. Republicans must justify the governing opportunity given them through bold legislation, aggressively reversing rather than managing the nation’s decline and transformation amid expected howls of liberal and media protestations.

The GOP’s Senate victory and predictable claim of a mandate is akin to the rooster taking credit for the sunrise. A “loyal opposition” party using “We only control one-half of two-thirds of Congress” to excuse cowardice and inaction reveals itself to be neither. Which GOP has taken control will determine both America’s fate — and its own.

Steven Donnelly

Cowansville

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