Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Gut check time for Republicans

Republican Who Oversees N.S.A. Calls for Wiretap Inquiry - New York Times. This story in the Times today suggests a question: if a Republican breaks ranks with the White House, will anyone hear it? Will it matter?

That seems to be the existential question these days. If one Republican lawmaker, Heather Wilson, can break with the White House, will others follow her lead and put principle over partisanship? Or will the usual partisan lockstep blindness kick in once more. Just how far can strong-arming of Republicans go when the President is at 38-40% approval rating territory? What good does it do for Republican lawmakers to have the White House on your side when Presidential unpopularity is the white elephant in the room?

Republicans should ask themselves what kind of country they want to be living in. A Republican will not always be President, no matter how hard they try. So what's it gonna be? Is it Karl Rove's America or the people's?