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GOP Still Finding Its Way

By Ben Pershing
When you're on the tracks and a train is bearing down, there are three obvious choices: Get on board, get out of the way or get run over. But Republicans are trying to figure out if there is a fourth option, as President Obama and his huge store of political capital hurtle toward them.

How hard can the minority push against the new commander in chief and his stratospheric popularity? The GOP's handling of three high-profile Cabinet nominees yesterday provided a neat illustration of the balance the loyal opposition is attempting to strike.

Example A is Hillary Clinton, now Secretary Clinton after the Senate approved her yesterday, 94-2. Republicans had briefly resuscitated concerns about foreign donors to Bill Clinton's foundation, but her confirmation never really was in doubt and many in the GOP were fulsome in their praise for the former first lady.

Example B is Tim "TurboTax" Geithner, who is having a bit rougher time getting confirmed at Treasury. Geithner got a few hours of rough questioning from the Senate Finance Committee yesterday over his past tax mistakes. He should still be confirmed -- Republicans are too worried about the financial crisis to really sink him -- but he has been embarrassed in the process.

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By Ben Pershing  |  January 22, 2009; 8:11 AM ET
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A Short drop;

with a Sudden STOP! ;~)

Gotta hand it to Mitt Romney on his address to the Congressional RepubliCANS on how to best Stimulate the Economy!

Crying Shame WaPo did not publish anything about it!

Posted by: SAINT---The | January 22, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Anyone other than JRM2:

If Khalid Sheik Mohammed was bound to an inclined board -- with his feet raised and head slightly below the feet, cellophane wrapped over face so that he could not actually drown -- and water was poured over him to obtain information that in fact prevented a terrorist attack on another American city, would you agree with that action or not? If the United Nations or some foreign court deemed that action "torture", would you agree to extradite the brave American who just saved 3,000+ lives? Are you a Republican or Democrat? Do you wish to be elected in your lifetime?

Posted by: JakeD | January 22, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Saint The;
There is no more socialist rope left, the previous admin. did a fine job of looting every last treasury dime, savings, 401k, 529 and so on.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 22, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

"There will be no prosecution of former President Bush. Time to "move on".

Posted by: JakeD | January 22, 2009 10:19 AM"
Maybe not by the American judicial system, but it does not look good when Bush and Rumsfeld are mentioned BY NAME as those who should be investigated or prosecuted for war crimes, specifically torture, by the very person who handles the subject of torture at the United Nations.

Personally I hope they are vindicated.

Oh and JakeD, if you think you can just sweep something as serious as torture under the rug then you've got a serious moral deficiency.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 22, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is now best left to just let the Dimocrats run out their rope!

As the Dims jump over the Socialist cliff with that noose around their throat, key players like Mitt Romney are already knotting up the slack in the line. Mitt has already injected two very keen observations/recommendations that the Dims have apparently chosen to ignore-at their soon-to-be destruction.

Mitt Romney's advice on how best to keep the US Big Three Auto-makers alive, and recently his advice on how to best stimulate the economy, are the lines drawn in the sand the Dims are going to foolishly ignore!

In less than 1 year, the RepubliCANS will be able to go back to such proclamations, and say: "WE told you so, and You were warned!"

I fear that the brash and ill-prepared Congressional Clowns pretending to be Statesmen will unfortunately for this Country, add many Items on the list against them on their own!

Posted by: SAINT---The | January 22, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

There will be no prosecution of former President Bush. Time to "move on".

Posted by: JakeD | January 22, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Would an investigation of War Crimes of the previous administration give the GOP an rallying point? And should this make any difference in judging whether to investigate?. ..............

Posted by: glclark4750 | January 22, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I meant to say without opposition you cannot achieve balance! There is no question about the need for principled opposition.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | January 22, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

without opposition you cannot achieve balance?

Posted by: Thatsnuts | January 22, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back Jake, and this time I must say that I agree with you. An opposition can put forward criticism and alternatives.

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown1 | January 22, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Of course there's a fourth option. There's always a way for a principled opposition party.

Posted by: JakeD | January 22, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

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