MISCELLANY….So, how’d that Republican Revolution go?

“It’s a mixed bag,” said former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), the architect of the 1994 revolution. “In a three-year period, we changed things fairly dramatically. We, candidly, then failed.”

Translation: things went great while I was in charge, and then failed utterly after I was kicked out for egregious ethical violations. Vote for me for president.

Attaboy Newt! Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that the Baker-Hamilton report, which was supposed to provide political cover for the Republican Party so that they didn’t go into yet another election with Iraq dragging them down to defeat, may have had exactly the opposite effect:

A document that many in Washington had hoped would pave the way for a bipartisan compromise on Iraq instead drew sharp condemnation from the right, with hawks saying it was a wasted effort that advocated a shameful American retreat.

….The divisions could make it more difficult for Republicans to coalesce on national security policy and avoid a bitter intraparty fight going into the 2008 campaign.

That’s sad, isn’t it? And yet so richly deserved.

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