AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 3/03/2005 12:22:00 AM ----- BODY: Why Vote Republican Again? - If Congressional Republicans keep up their defeatist attitudes about the president's agenda, 2006 is going to be a very bad year. A lot of people worked very hard last year to re-elect President Bush and to keep and increase a Republican majority. The Coalition of the Spineless in the House and Senate have chosen to pay back that hard work with capitulation on a scale that would make the French jealous. If Congressional Republicans don't want to fight for the issues that led so many of us to vote for them last year, why should we fight for them next year? Republican leaders talk confidently of the 62 million voters that went to the polls for Bush in November. The assumption is obviously that those voters will be there again in November 2006. Conservatives should let Bill Frist, Dennis Hastert and Tom DeLay know that our votes should not be taken for granted. We didn't turn out in record numbers just to give you government salaries, nice offices and power. Fight, darn it. Fight. You have the votes. Now find the will. UPDATE 10:16 a.m. - After I read this, I realized it may not square with what I complained about with Dobson - that he threatens to bolt the party every time he doesn't get his way. Let me clarify. I don't mind if Congressional Republicans have to change parts of the president's plan to get it passed. Compromise is part of politics. What bothers me is their inability or their refusal to fight at all - the instant retreat in the face of criticism is maddening. --------