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Election 2006

| Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006

Republicans Tuesday lost the U.S. House majority they wrested from Democrats in 1994's rightly ballyhooed "Republican Revolution." Pork-fueled pomposity and scandalous scapegraces helped to convince the electorate to cancel its tattered remains after 12 years.

The House that Newt Gingrich built collapsed under not only the extraordinary weight of GOP hubris but also the unstoppable (and often inexplicable) train that has been chugging for "change" at full steam.

Relegated to the minority in the coming 110th Congress and facing the prospect of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Republicans already are plotting a leadership coup.

The fellas whose poor navigational skills helped to crash-land the GOP on the deck of the U.S.S. We Blew It -- Speaker Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader John Boehner and Majority Whip Roy Blunt -- likely will and should be pushed overboard.

Look for two reformers suddenly with portfolio -- Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, head of the Republican Study Committee, and John Shadegg of Arizona, the guy we endorsed over Mr. Boehner for whip -- to attempt to lead the GOP back to sanity and out of exile in 2008.

Indeed, there is no fast or easy cure for the Republican Party, mangled and mismanaged. But at least it will be a start.

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