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The GOP’s future |

The GOP’s future

| Wednesday, April 25, 2007 12:00 a.m

In one deft phrase, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay succinctly identified the problem with the modern Republican Party — it lacks a backbone.

Oh, indeed, when Mr. DeLay stopped by the Trib on Monday for a chat, he specifically was referring to the Bush administration’s failure to stand up to Democrats by sacrificing then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the altar of “Kumbaya.” But it is applicable to a wide range of fundamental issues.

It’s Republicans who have failed to advance a cogent crackdown on the flood of illegal aliens. It’s Republicans who have expanded the entitlement state. It’s Republicans who, once in congressional power, fell in love with and abused earmarks. It’s Republicans who have taken to whining, moaning and sniveling about Democrat attacks (and oftentimes acquiescing) instead of acting in unison to counter them.

Liberals spent their many years in political exile forming and coordinating a vast network of groups to define, enunciate and defend their message. Wretched and fact-bereft as it often is, it is effective. If conservatives entertain any hope of reclaiming a congressional majority — and slay the wretchedness and fiction of the opposition — they’d better come up with a cogent plan and now.

For time is wasting and America can’t survive being laid to waste by resurgent liberalism.

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