Republicans will get a better deal if they stop negotiating behind closed White House doors and force the Senate to vote on a plan. In other words, if they follow the Constitution.
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Republicans and Conservatives, Speak
Senate Republicans are in the minority, but that doesn’t mean they must be mute on this issue, as they have been. They can gain political leverage by publicly condemning Harry Reid for failing to act on the fiscal cliff when the House has already done so. Indeed, they can bring much needed attention to this point by calling on Harry Reid to resign for failing to act, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, too. Yes, that will stir big controversy, because that would involve Republicans fighting back, as Democrats would do if the tables were turned. That is how the argument gets in the news.
And if the old Republican Senate bulls won’t do that, let the Tea Party senators do it. Newly elected Ted Cruz can make an immediate splash similar to what Newt Gingrich did leading up to 1994 by taking the lead if necessary. Marco Rubio can also raise his profile. Senators Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee and others can seize the reins of leadership.
And the same goes for the conservative movement more generally. Good God, speak up, or forever hold your peace! And not just on the fiscal cliff. Jim DeMint can breathe new life into the Heritage Foundation by holding a well-publicized, splashy conference on the real causes of the financial crisis, a debate that conservatives must engage and win, or become Hooverized. Ditto that for AEI, and all the organs of supply-side economics. Or maybe that will have to be left to Grover, Americans for Tax Reform, and the National Tax Limitation Committee, which may turn out to be the last line of defense for American civilization.
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H/T to National Review Online