Nothing Doing

by Ramesh Ponnuru

My new Bloomberg View column pushes back against a line of thinking that I’ve been hearing a lot lately from Hill Republicans.

[A] lot of the party’s leaders are turning passivity into a strategy. What they’re telling one another is: Don’t make yourself an issue. Don’t make serious legislative proposals, because they will only be targets for Democrats. If Republicans make sure not to nominate weak or extreme candidates, and simply rail against Obama’s health-care law, they will win.

This strategy has ease of execution going for it. . . .