Right now, roughly 30 House Republicans are driving the bus in Washington. Along with Sen. Ted Cruz, they have been the “titanium backbone,” as Rep. Marsha Blackburn likes to call it, in the effort to defund Obamacare. They have stood their ground and helped bring the government to a halt. This is either an act of lunacy or a shining example of standing for conservative principle.
As it happens, there are just about the same number of Republican governors across the United States, and their representative was in Washington on the third day of the government shutdown with a very different conservative message: We get things done. “Thirty Republican governors are applying conservative principles,” says Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association. “Here in D.C. they talk about it, but outside the nation’s capital we’re actually doing it. For too long for the Republican governors, we feel like we’ve outsourced our brand management to the Republicans in D.C. It’s time for us to stop doing that. It’s time for us to take control of our own destiny. We want folks to know that when we’re talking about Republicans, it’s not just the dysfunction that’s happening in Washington, D.C., it’s the results that are happening in our state capitals.”