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August 5, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Congress left town; how do we know?

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. skittered back to their home districts for five weeks of vacation. They must be exhausted. Congress passed 15 bills in 2013.

My column this past Friday talked about the GOP election apparatus gearing up for a 50-state strategy. I welcomed the campaign offensive because someone needs to explain what the party stands for. Confused, vexed Republicans are among those most perplexed.

Kevin Kreneck | Tribune Media Services

Kevin Kreneck | Tribune Media Services

Comments appended to the column online wagged a rhetorical finger and invoked other symbolic uses of a digit. None of those upright expressions of anger were accompanied by a coherent defense of the party.

A story from the Washington Post, featured in the Seattle Times’ excellent CloseUp feature on page A3, made it clear why there is a scarcity of vigorous defense.

There is nothing to defend. Not even zesty partisans are willing to promote gridlock, empty imaginations, and a wholesale lack of political skills.

Comments | Topics: congress, gop, Republican


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