Does the GOP really want a revolution?

In his debut column for The Week, Edward Morrissey says that to score victories, Republican leaders must pick their battles carefully 

Edward Morrissey

Republicans returned to control of the House this week after a shorter-than-expected stay in the wilderness following the crushing losses of the 2006 and 2008 elections. A remarkable coalition of angry fiscal conservatives and disillusioned independents shepherded the GOP from irrelevancy to power in the 2010 midterms; neither group has a great deal of trust in the Republican party. Instead, they see it as the only alternative to an out-of-control Democratic agenda. That marriage of convenience -- and the outsize expectations of the two groups -- may put the GOP majority in a position where anything short of revolution will be seen as failure to half, and the hardball tactics needed for revolution would lose the other half.

Thanks to the agenda of the Democratic majority, Republicans peeled away many of the independents that had flocked to the banner of Barack Obama in 2008. The GOP doesn’t deserve as much credit for success as Democrats get the blame for the bait-and-switch technique during two electoral cycles, in which they sold themselves as fiscally responsible moderates who wanted to balance the supposed runaway rightward tilt of the George W. Bush administration. These voters wanted rational and competent governance, not the ideological equivalent of a runaway train to either the right or left. In 2010, they voted for Republicans to end the overreach by Nancy Pelosi and President Obama and to force Democrats to work with Republicans in a responsible manner.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.