What the Next Speaker Must Do

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, incoming House Speaker John Boehner outlines his agenda for the next two years:

Tired of politicians who refuse to listen, Americans who previously were not involved or minimally involved in the political process are now helping to drive it. While their backgrounds are as diverse as the country itself, their message to Washington is the same: Government leaders are servants of the people; the people are not servants of their government.

The members of the 112th Congress must heed this message if there is to be any hope of repairing the shattered bonds of trust between the American people and their elected leaders. And that begins with the speaker of the House, who as leader of the institution must lead by example.

It's good reading, and if his fellow Republicans play ball with his plan, then perhaps the GOP won't end up blowing it's opportunity to lead, as it did following the 1994 elections when Bill Clinton was able to turn the GOP tide enough to win re-election.

For those who haven't seen it, here's Boehner's election night address:



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