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GOP Lawmaker: 'We Should Be More Like the Taliban'

The Republican Party tries to learn a thing or two from those original comeback kids, the Taliban.

Outside of some impressive feats of legislative obstructionism, the GOP is struggling to regain relevance in this brave new world where the U.S. no longer condones torture and CEOs are expected to live on half a million bucks a year like commoners.

So how to make Americans believe in the GOP's vision again? (the Gipper probably isn't  coming back to life, so....)

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) has an idea: why not try to learn a thing or two from those original comeback kids, the Taliban?

That's basically what  Sessions, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said when asked to outline the nature of GOP's opposition to the stimulus bill. According to the National Journal, Sessions called on Republicans to: 

 ... pitch a "positive, loyal opposition" to the proposal. The group, he added, should also "understand insurgency" in implementing efforts to offer alternatives.

"Insurgency, we understand perhaps a little bit more because of the Taliban," Sessions said during a meeting yesterday with Hotline editors. "And that is that they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person's entire processes. And these Taliban -- I'm not trying to say the Republican Party is the Taliban. No, that's not what we're saying. I'm saying an example of how you go about [sic] is to change a person from their messaging to their operations to their frontline message. And we need to understand that insurgency may be required when the other side, the House leadership, does not follow the same commands, which we entered the game with."

 

Tana Ganeva is an assistant editor at AlterNet.