Michael Gerson: Republicans regrouping

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  • wjalden Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 13, 2014 12:41 a.m.

    The pre-Tea Party Republican Party gave us the Iraq War (of which Michael Gerson was a lead cheerleader), 12 million illegal immigrants thanks to unsecured borders, virtually zero wage growth for the middle class, the fastest increase in federal spending since at least Carter, and the near complete collapse of the American economy, thanks to the complete failure to regulate greedy, corrupt financial institutions.

    And ultimately, of course, their failures gave us President Barack Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    Please tell us how the Tea Party's failures compare to that, Mr. Gerson. I'll be waiting.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 11, 2014 3:38 p.m.

    Does this mean the GOP is going to do something more than read Green Eggs & Ham on the Senate floor, shutting down the Government while trying to kill Obamacare?

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 11, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    “Where do you find the Environmental Protection Agency or the National Institutes of Health or Social Security in the language of the [Constitution]?”

    You find the EPA and the National Institute of Health and Social Security in the general welfare clause and the necessary and proper clause.

    And, of course, there’s always common sense. If the EPA is unconstitutional, than so is every government agency other than the Defense Department, the State Department, the Treasury, and Justice Department

    Obviously the founders ranged from pretty smart to brilliant, and they were trying to set up a Federal Government that would last and be flexible enough to deal with issues as they arose.

    The founders did not write the Constitution in order to hamstring the Central Government. They wrote the Constitution to create a government much stronger and adaptable than the one under the Articles of Confederation.

    None of the conveniences in this modern world would have been possible without the intercession of government.

    Let’s face it, the modern world is real, and Tea Party Ideology is bogus.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 11, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    The nation needs the republican party to be a party of leadership and good governance ideas again. But I don't think it can be because, as pointed out in the article, even mainstream candidates must pass the 'guns and god' test. It's still ideology before ideas.

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    May 11, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    Bravo! It's about time people in the GOP start to realize that Tea Party types have not been acting in the best interest of the Republican Party. Constitution worship has indeed replaced logical governance and the Constitution is often played as a sacrificial pawn, quoted illogically to suit the TP's purposes rather than promoting the general welfare of the people of the United States.