- The Washington Times - Monday, January 3, 2000

Will Republicans lose control of the House?

The real tragedy is that it didn't have to be this way. Here we are 11 months from the election, talking about the Republicans losing the House like it's a done deal. The Democrats, like sharks, can smell the blood. Rep. Richard A. Gephardt has talked nearly every incumbent Democrat into staying on. The Republicans, like the Democrats only a few years ago, are seeing large numbers of their senior incumbents head off for greener pastures. The Republicans are going to have to spend time and resources to retain numerous open seats while the Democrats go for the kill.

To call the House Republican leadership the gang that couldn't shoot straight is a slur on real gangs. To call the Republican leadership a "leadership" is a slur on every man and woman who ever served in a position of authority.

Like the proverbial dog chasing after a car, the Republicans captured the House in 1994 and haven't a clue what to do with it. Just wait until Mr. Gephardt and his socialist minions get their hands back on the levers of power. The remaining Republicans can resume their roles as lapdogs, content with whatever scraps are thrown their way, while they wander in the wilderness for another 40 years.

DAVE GODFREY

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I agree with your "Democrats' Brooklyn Bridge" Dec. 30 editorial wholeheartedly. No way, with any stretch of the imagination, would the Democrats be willing to compromise with the Republicans should they become the majority party.

I remember clearly how much they compromised before when they were in the majority it wasn't much.

Further, I believe little of what Rep. Richard A. Gephardt and his probable committee chairpersons say. The Republicans have been hoodwinked too often. As voters, let's not let it happen again.

VERNON BAHR

Decorah, Iowa

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