|Traffic | Weather | Your account||Movies | Restaurants | Today's events|
GOP looks for a path back to power
Posted by David Postman at 9:29 AM
For Earling it is about education and transportation. Those issues, he says, are the two "in need of clearer attention from GOP candidates hoping to reclaim a swath of lost legislative seats in the suburbs."
It's not news to anyone that education and transportation are important. But Earling focuses in on some important elements that hit close to the GOP's heart. On education, he says give up the push for vouchers and charters. On transportation, he says -- as he has said before -- just saying no to taxes won't do it.
Republicans, like Democrats, remain divided internally on the WASL, testing, and accountability. As such, one doesn't often hear a consistent theme from either party on the issue, other than the fact Democrats seem much more willing to talk about education in general. That needs to change.
The last time state Republicans were so marginalized was 1993 and '94. They came roaring back in the '94 election largely on a national wave and the record of an overreaching Democratic legislative majority.
But other than waiting for Democrats to blow it, what should Republicans in the Legislature do the next two years? Are there positive things they can do to provide an alternative voice to the Democratic machine? Can they do anything meaningful in the way of blocking the Demo agenda, or trying to curtail Gov. Chris Gregoire's plans as she ramps up her re-election?
I'd like to hear if anyone has any serious suggestion. Whether friend or foe, what would you tell the GOP to do?