- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 4, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Republican leadership will face several challenges now that the election is over.

First, one needs to separate the Republicans who took control of Congress in 1994 and were out of control in spending, from the current Republican members serving since 2009, who have been united in their opposition to Democratic legislation that has increased debt, deficits and taken away individual freedoms.

Second, they need to be aware of the Democratic talking points on how it is important to work together and compromise. It was President Obama and the Democratic leadership that shut out the Republicans. The Republicans need to be firm on their policies and positions and attract the Democrats who proclaim themselves as conservatives to join them in passing appropriate legislation.

Third, the “sore loser” problem must be addressed. Candidates in Republican primaries should sign a pledge that they will support the winning candidate and if they decide to run on a different ticket, they will return all contributions from the Republican Party and those who supported their campaign as a Republican.

MARTIN L. HOOVIS

Centerville, Mass.

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