Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Pence & Shadegg: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Dick Morris lends his support to Mike Pence as minority leader and John Shadegg as Republican whip:

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) represents the kind of politics that puts ideas ahead of cash and privilege. Electing a man with his kind of conservative principles would show that the Republican minority understands the frustration of their base voters who ejected them from the leadership.

By the same token, Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) also stands for principled politics and deserves the support of those who understand what hit them on Nov. 7. Not so of his opponent.

I know Mike Pence. This rising GOP star is a wonderful, Reagan-thinking conservative. His life is governed by religious values, a belief in a strong national defense, and a sensible pro-growth approach to low taxes and less government spending.

John Shadegg is cut from similar cloth. As Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-WI)—another rising GOP star—recently said, "[Shadegg] was one of the guys who got here in the '94 Republican revolution and didn't go native."

If Pence and Shadegg get the nod, they will no doubt work their tails off to usher in true spending reform.

These two guys, along with all the other members of the conservative Republican Study Group, have the principles and the guts to tackle the issues.

They will get House Republicans back on messages of limited domestic spending, earmark reform, broad-based tax reform, expanded investor tax-free savings accounts, and Social Security reform.

Pence and Shadegg are exactly what the doctor ordered.