It seems that losing the White House and Congress is good for the GOP.
Three months after their Election Day drubbing, Republican leaders see glimmers of rebirth in the party’s liberation from an unpopular president, its selection of its first African American chairman and, most of all, its stand against a stimulus package that they are increasingly confident will provide little economic jolt but will pay off politically for those who oppose it.
"We’re so far ahead of where we thought we’d be at this time," said Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), one of several younger congressmen seeking to lead the party’s renewal.
You guys are doing great, Paul! Just listen to your colleagues.
“We weren’t very happy with the results of the election, and on through the inaugural, but I guarantee you, I’ve never seen the spirit of Republicans as high as it was at the GOP retreat,” Arizona Rep. John Shadegg told me, referring to the House Republican getaway a week ago at the Homestead resort in Hot Springs, Va.
It would be an understatement to say GOP lawmakers were pumped after unanimously opposing the stimulus bill in the House…“When we held our guys together, that had people extremely excited,” Shadegg said.
“I’m much happier,” Sen. Jim DeMint told me between votes on the stimulus.
The Dixiecans are apparently under some strange delusion that their self-evaluations and sense of personal fulfillment actually matter. Someone might wanna remind them that the only thing that matters is what the voters think.
The American public gives President Barack Obama a strong 67% approval rating for the way in which he is handling the government’s efforts to pass an economic stimulus bill, while the Democrats and, in particular, the Republicans in Congress receive much lower approval ratings of 48% and 31%, respectively.
31%. How’s that taste, Mike Pence (R-IN)?
"It’s a very refreshing time.”
Couldn’t agree more.