A conservative’s eye view of Nancy Pelosi’s House.
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TAS: What is the biggest mistake the Republicans made in the last eight years?
Congressman Flake: So many to choose from — the farm bill, the highway bill, all of the spending bills. In terms of sheer size, it’s difficult to argue that we made a bigger mistake than the Medicare prescription drug entitlement. It could end up costing over a trillion dollars. All to buy off the senior vote for an election cycle.
TAS: What is the biggest thing Republicans got right in the last eight years for which they don’t receive enough credit?
Congressman Flake: I think President Bush’s trade policy has been underappreciated. Aside from a hiccup on steel tariffs early on, President Bush was a consistent proponent of free trade. Hopefully, a lot of the protectionist rhetoric that President Obama used on the campaign trail last year was just that — rhetoric.
TAS: What coalition-building, if any, exists with the so-called Blue Dog Democrats?
Congressman Flake: There could be some opportunities with the Blue Dogs. Many Blue Dogs, especially guys like Rep. Jim Cooper, have a genuine concern about the level of spending and the future sustainability of entitlements. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi rules the Democratic Caucus with an iron fist, and the Blue Dogs have yet to really exert themselves.
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