Tony Blankley

My mother, a Londoner, once told me of a song that became popular during the darkest days of World War II: "Be Like The Kettle And Sing," sung by England's wartime sweetheart, Vera Lynn.
I looked up the words and offer a few stanzas for your consideration:

"When all the skies are grey and It's a rainy day/ think of the birdies in spring./ When you're up to your neck in hot water/ be like the kettle and sing. Tell that umbrella man he's just an also ran./ Think of a kid on a swing./ When you're up to your neck in hot water/ be like the kettle and sing ...."

Admittedly, even with the song's cheerful melody, it's not quite a Shakespeare sonnet -- but it beats most of the current conservative columns and televised hand-wringing (including my own from time to time).

If my parents and their fellow Englishmen could put up with descending Nazi bombs on their houses, we should be able to cope with Bush's descending poll numbers without trying to one up Dante's description of hell.

I admit that it is hard to find a political professional who doesn't see public opinion trending toward a decisive Republican defeat in November. On the other hand, nothing in those public surveys suggests that Republican and conservative ideas have lost their popularity. What the public is turning sour on is the Republican Party as an effective vehicle for delivering those ideas.

Thus, to a large extent the Republican Party still has 30 weeks to demonstrate its capacity to fight for Republican ideas.

As a first step, the congressional leaders should think of changing their schedule. Currently they are on track to have the fewest legislative days since the Congress of 1948. Of course, staying in town more only makes sense if the Republicans can unite enough to pass some Republican legislation.

A good place to start would be to pass a budget that includes reduced spending, some forced spending restraint procedures and some tax cuts. Majority Leader John Boehner and Speaker Dennis Hastert need to start off their Easter break bashing some heads together to force a little unity. And the first head they need to bash is on top of the body of the chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

If a Republican majority that came to power on a commitment to cut spending and balance the budget cannot even pass a budget ... well, enough said.

Second, the Republicans leaders (Bush, Cheney, Hastert, Frist, Boehner, Specter, Sensenbrenner, etc.) need to ensconce themselves in the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing of the White House and not come out until they have agreed on a common Republican position on immigration legislation.

Tony Blankley

Tony Blankley, a conservative author and commentator who served as press secretary to Newt Gingrich during the 1990s, when Republicans took control of Congress, died Sunday January 8, 2012. He was 63.

Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.

In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.

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