Mike Pence is giving a speech in Florida today, in which he will lay out some of the stategery Republicans will follow should they take control of the House of Representatives in the upcoming mid-term elections.
Pence is visiting the state to campaign for Daniel Webster, the man trying to unseat the wackiest Democrat in the history of the republic, Alan Grayson.
The Cliff Notes version of Pence’s remarks today: Don’t expect Conservatives to roll over, this time.
The third-ranking Republican plans to tell an audience in Florida on Thursday that GOP congresses of yesteryear compromised “too much” — a warning to Republicans who are signaling that they’d be willing to work with the Obama administration on some issues.
House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana, in a clear jab at a Wall Street Journal story that indicated the GOP would look to avoid gridlock, plans to say that “there can be no compromise that allows more borrowing, more spending, more deficits and more debt.”
Many House Republicans would agree with Pence: They’ve been criticizing Democratic spending all year. But few in leadership are campaigning on not working with the president. Pence, running for his fifth term in Congress in eastern Indiana, is a favorite of tea party Republicans; he won the nod of the Value Voters earlier this fall in Washington.
We can only hope that when the GOP takes control of the House next year, there are more Mike Pence types than the party apparatchiks described in this Wall Street Journal story. From 2004 until their losses in 2006 and 2008, the Republicans in Congress lost their way. They began compromising conservative principles and moved left. Note well—they didn’t move to the center. That’s a falsehood parroted by the legacy media.
When Republicans run as center-right conservatives and govern that way after winning the election, they gain the confidence, respect and trust of the electorate. When Republicans run as center-right conservatives and then govern as ruling class, unprincipled swingers, they lose the trust of the electorate and get their asses kicked in the next cycle. This only applies to Republicans, mind you. Democrats will always be Democrats. But when Republicans govern as quasi-Democrats, a smart electorate sees right through the charade and goes for the bona fide jack ass, every time.
Pence has it right. I believe Speaker-to-be John Boehner gets it, too. If the GOP gets caught compromising principles and making deals with an administration that shows no signs at all of a willingness to compromise, it’ll be time to throw the bums out with primary challenges in the 2012 cycle.
And don’t think that won’t happen, ladies and gentlemen of the GOP.