Debra J. Saunders

Coburn spokesman John Hart pointed out that, while largely unreported, the town hall audience applauded Coburn's remarks in favor of civility.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is working on a document outlining a positive Republican agenda.

"We can go out and we can just be negative about everything, and we can win seats," McCarthy told me. "But we will never be able to win a majority and govern (according to) our principles, if we don't tell the public what we're for."

Or as McCarthy noted, "You don't have to be angry to be a Republican. You can be hopeful."

Debra J. Saunders

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