Tom DeLay, blogger: Election lost by GOP, not won by Dems
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Published: Wednesday November 15, 2006
Disgraced former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) has posted an entry at a conservative blogging site in which he assesses the results of the 2006 election, widely seen as a resounding victory for Democrats, who won control of both the House and Senate.
"I would assert that this election was not so much won by the Democrats," DeLay writes at Redstate, "as it was lost by the Republicans. He repeats an argument he made immediately after last week's election, as can be seen in this video.
"Some self-described conservatives have even said that the House and Senate spent too much time on 'wedge issues' like illegal immigration and gay marriage rather than engaging in protracted battles on social security and entitlement reform," DeLay writes, touching on two issues that some campaigning Republicans stuck with until the eve of the election, with mixed results. "It seems to me," he continues, "that the protection of our border and the legal definition of the fundamental building block of our society are issues at least worthy of consideration in the public square."
DeLay, who left the House under an ethics cloud but continues to make his presence known in media circles, then went on to knock GOPers who "failed to continue an aggressive fight for the principles which bring us together as Republicans and as conservatives."
The blog post follows a similar, pre-election entry from departing Speaker of the House, Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), also at Redstate.
Excerpts from DeLay's post, available in full here, follow...
The cable television pundits and the editorial columnists of America's major daily newspapers would have us believe that the election of 2006 was a broad repudiation of America's foreign policy, of our prosecution of the war against terrorists, and of a Republican majority that either did too little or too much depending upon each particular pundit's world view.
[W]e must lead an effort to radically redesign government and return it to its constitutional roots. The problem with our government isn't simply that it has gotten too big or that it spends too much – but that it is involved in aspects of our lives and our economy in which it has no business. Further, our government has almost become a self-sustaining organism which continues to grow and propagate programs without accountability and without results for the people it is supposed to serve.
[I]n order to achieve true justice, we must make every effort to reverse the culture of death that threatens the weakest and the most infirm among us. Conservatives want a society that respects and protects all innocent human life regardless of some political activists notion that some lives may not be of sufficient quality to avoid termination at the hands of an abortionist or a euthanizer.
...[C]onservatives are united in their agreement that we must bring into check the powers of an increasingly imperial judiciary which seeks to manufacture, rather than interpret the law. The Judicial Branch must be returned to coequal status with the Legislative and the Executive, lest we undermine the very principles of Order, Justice and Freedom upon which we believe our society to be built.