Monday, June 27, 2005

GOP to Bush: Have You Considered Actually, You Know, Governing?

In our continuing series, In Need of Adult Supervision: Washington Edition, we note that the NYT reports that a number of Republicans are complaining that Bush has been long on "base energizing" political rhetoric and short on, well, actually governing. Newt Gingrich, who knows a thing or two about partisan politics, had this advice for the White House:
"The tone has been too much of a permanent campaign," said Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker. "When you're the minority, you need to fight. When you're the governing majority, you need to produce."
Some people believe in campaigning as a means to send a message. I believe the purpose of campaigning is to win and to govern. Evidently, Rove and company believe that the purpose of winning elections is to keep campaigning.

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