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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Seven Wise Suggestions for House GOPers from Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gringrich has an excellent memo to the House GOP at Online Human Events today in which he offers seven very wise suggestions about how to regain majority status, as well as how to deal with the Bush White House, Blue Dog Democrats and incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Here are just two of Gingrich's points:

  • "To regain majority status, we have to focus on the country first and on Washington and the Congress second. If we are responsive to the country, they will support us and return us to power. If we are focused on action in Washington (whether White House action, legislative action or lobbyist and PAC action), we are probably entering a long period in minority status.
  • "Are House Republicans electing leaders to represent House Republican values and strategies to the White House or leaders to represent the White House to House Republicans? Over the next two years, House Republicans and the White House will have very different institutional interests and very different time horizons. If we want to regain majority status, we have to focus on the building of a grassroots coalition which supports real change in Washington."
Gingrich may be a presidential candidate in 2008, but his memo bears close study by all concerned. He doesn't say it explicitly, but it seems Gingrich is of the view that there is no rush to choose the new House GOP leadership.

Also, it's significant that the Gingrich piece is at OHE. Lots of good things are happening these days at America's oldest conservative journal and much of the credit goes to Rob Bluey, a very sharp young conservative journalist who understands online. Keep an eye on him and OHE.