Make a note of the date: January 30, 2009. This week marked the end of the old, washed up, 20th century Republican party and the dawn of a lean, mean, fierce fightin' GOP machine.
There were two turning point moments.
The first occurred on Wednesday, when the House Republicans took a deep breath, turned their gun turrets on the new (super popular! as the press keeps telling us) president, his wingmen in the Congress, and the lamestream media, and fired back. All 177 of them present voted against the $1 trillion crap sandwich dressed up as "economic stimulus."
This was pure victory: it was a political victory, of course, to get all of the Republican House members to stand up against the socialist behemoth. But perhaps more importantly, it was an ideological victory. The GOP found its way back to its first principles of fiscal conservatism and limited government. And they had the guts to vote that way.
The second turning point moment came today, when the Republican National Committee named as its new Chairman my friend, former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele. He is brilliant, a devoted conservative, a fierce and eloquent defender of those principles, funny, warm, and a dynamite debater. He is exactly what this party needs at this very moment.
Well done, Republicans! We've got our groove back. Let's try our best not to screw it up.
In this last election, the Democrats moved into the 21st century. Now, they are not there alone.
And as Steele said today, "There is not one inch of ground that we're going to cede to anybody."