Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich saw more than a loss for his team in last weekend’s special congressional election in Louisiana, where a district went Democratic for the first time in 33 years: “Either congressional Republicans are going to chart a bold course of real change or they are going to suffer decisive losses this November,” he wrote for Human Events. Gingrich sees John McCain’s strength in opinion polls as “a sign of the gap between the McCain brand of independence and the GOP brand.” His prescription for House Republicans: Repeal the gas tax for the summer, cutting domestic discretionary spending accordingly. Redirect the oil being put into the national petroleum reserve onto the open market. Introduce a “more energy at lower cost with less environmental damage and greater national security bill” as a replacement for the Warner-Lieberman “tax and trade” bill. Establish an earmark moratorium for one year and pledge to uphold the presidential veto of bills with earmarks through the end of 2009. Overhaul the census and cut its budget radically. Implement a space-based, GPS-style air traffic control system. Declare English the official language of government. Protect the workers’ right to a secret ballot. Remind Americans that judges matter.
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