Newt Says Pull The Blago Ad

For those who haven’t seen Newt’s letter

I was saddened to learn that at a time of national trial, when a president-elect is preparing to take office in the midst of the worst financial crisis in over seventy years, that the Republican National Committee is engaged in the sort of negative, attack politics that the voters rejected in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles.

The recent web advertisement, “Questions Remain,” is a destructive distraction. Clearly, we should insist that all taped communications regarding the Senate seat should be made public. However, that should be a matter of public policy, not an excuse for political attack.

In a time when America is facing real challenges, Republicans should be working to help the incoming President succeed in meeting them, regardless of his Party.

From now until the inaugural, Republicans should be offering to help the President-elect prepare to take office.

Furthermore, once President Obama takes office, Republicans should be eager to work with him when he is right, and, when he is wrong, offer a better solution, instead of just opposing him.

This is the only way the Republican Party will become known as the “better solutions” party, not just an opposition party. And this is the only way Republicans will ever regain the trust of the voters to return to the majority.

This ad is a terrible signal to be sending about both the goals of the Republican Party in the midst of the nation’s troubled economic times and about whether we have actually learned anything from the defeats of 2006 and 2008.

The RNC should pull the ad down immediately.

Look, on one point, Newt is correct: Republicans should not just simply oppose Barry simply to oppose Barry. I would hope we are more adult then the way the Democrats have acted since Bush was first elected President in 2000, but, look, we in the blogosphere and other Conservative outlets have been BEGGING the national GOP figures, both elected and in the elite positions, to freaking fight back against Democrats this whole time. Instead, these same high-end Republicans have launched a few shots across the Democrats bow, then retreated. You know which times the GOP has fought the hardest? When it was issues like Shamnesty, and they were fighting us, not Democrats.

Now, I like President Bush. I think he has done some great things. But, there are also some things I massively disagree with, and things that drive me nuts, and one of them is that he acts like he is still Governor of Texas, where he can just get along with everyone, and there is no need to fight back and justify his policies. And, as the GOP leader, most of the others fell in line.

It is HIGH time to fight back. To put the Democrats on the defensive for a change, instead of allowing Conservatives and the GOP to be the bad guy. To highlight the reality of what Democrats are about. So, with all due respect to Newt, he can shove it.

Dan Riehl:

Can it be far behind? I hate to say it because I think we would all actually enjoy a less divisive tone to our national political discourse. Still, the fact remains that from battle space preparation, consistent opposition and weakening your opponent at every turn, the Left gets it and many DC Republicans insist on playing nice. Bush is a prime example of that.

As Dan points out, he is not talking about become unhinged moonbats, but simply asking questions, and fighting back.

The Huffington Post is showing some love to Newt. Barf.

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