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Thanks, and a lesson for the GOP

Bloomington Herald-Times, November 22, 2006

To the Editor:

While I lost badly in my race for Bloomington Township Board on election night, I would like to thank all of the people who voted for me. Thanks to the College Republicans for allowing me to speak to the group about Township Board and the importance it holds for students. Congratulations to Bill Sturbaum, Dawn Allen and Barabara McKinney. Good luck for the next four years and enjoy your victory. You earned it.

Nationally, a bad night for Republicans has been coming for a long time. To put it bluntly, Republicans deserved to lose the House, and Republicans have deserved to lose the Senate for a long time. The Republicans became more concerned with holding onto power than with the conservative values that put them into power in the first place.

The Republican Congress gave us a massive increase in government spending, a brand new federal entitlement program, a law regulating the content of political speech, a significant expansion of the federal government into primary and secondary education, an attempt to give amnesty to illegal aliens and not enough progress on protecting the unborn. This defeat will be good for Republicans in the long run if they return to the core conservative beliefs that are the foundation of the party.

Unfortunately, good conservatives like John Hostettler and Mike Sodrel got swept away when the voters cleaned house.

Scott Tibbs.