Garrett's one of the good guys, one of the Republican Study Committee's budget hawks, but he too lacks any sense of the initiative passing away as the left gears up and recovers its balance from November's shellacking.
Now the pollsters are showing up with their standard "the public doesn't want any big cuts to entitlements" results and the public employee unions are commissioning polls to show they should have won Oscar on Sunday night as well as the battle for Wisconsin.
Speaker Boehner is on Meet the Press getting chummy with David Gregory who is asking him about birthers and Eric Cantor is yukking it up with Wolf Blitzer but not one member of the House leadership made it to Phoenix this past weekend to attend the Tea Party Patriots Summit, which is the finest example of not dancing with the one that brung you I can recall.
The old House guard is stuck in 1995, fighting the Battle of Newt's Hill, haunted by the casualties --even though the House was not lost then and the Clinton presidency was saved by Ross Perot and Bob Dole. The remnants of the GOP class of 1994 learned nothing, apparently, and forgot everything they should have remembered, including the part about shaping the political battlefield with specific proposals made far in advance of actual votes and demanding your opponents counter.
Like the dog that finally caught the ice cream truck it had been chasing all these years, the House GOP is perplexed and frozen, unwilling to declare what needs to be done.
Unwilling, it seems, to lead.
Perhaps Scott Walker, John Kasich and Chris Christie could spend a day with the House GOP and lay out for them what it takes, including a willingness to get into the fray and make the case even if 49% of the audience is booing.