October 27, 2010
With less than one week to go before the midterm elections, the big question is this: What will Republicans do if they win a House majority and make gains in the Senate to the point where the Obama agenda is stalled?
Will the president and congressional Democrats seek to undo the enthusiasm of the Tea Party and conservative movement by luring them into compromises that will further anger their voters? Or will they stick to their principles, allowing the president and his media allies to portray them as obstructionists and do-nothings?
It's a fine line, but I'd go with principle. If Republicans explain through social media, especially, what they are attempting to do and invite the public to pressure the president and his fellow Democrats to go along, progress toward restructuring government might be achieved. It won't be easy because once in place, government programs are resistant to elimination. But Britain is attempting to do it and we can, too, if we have the will and staying power.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.