House Republicans have launched a new website called America Speaking Out,
intended as a forum for citizens to submit policy proposals. This being
the Web, some of the submissions look a bit like rants, and not all are
entirely coherent. Is this a good idea, overall, for getting
non-wonks involved? What's the GOP going for? Everyone's got a
- How Adorable The Washington Post's Dana Milbank sees the new site as an attempt to "resolve [the] shortcoming" of not actually having an agenda. "House Republicans, meet the World Wide Web," Milbank announces, reviewing some of the odder ideas that have popped up on the site.
- 'America Speaking Out, but Not Very Well' is how liberal Steve Benen summarizes it for The Washington Monthly.
He giggles at the user who wants "traditional values" back in schools:
no longer should teachers be telling students that dolphins are
mammals. "If it swims in the water, it is a FISH. Period! End of Story."
- There Are Good Ideas Too "To my own discredit, " writes Sara Libby
at True/Slant, "I was surprised by the amount of measured, sensible
suggestions there were also." She acknowledges there's plenty of
wackiness and "vitriol," too.
- An Attempt to Get Washington Back in Touch Rep. Michelle Bachmann makes the case at RedState:
We want you to let us know what you want funded and what you don't, what programs you disagree with and what solutions you'd like to see us explore. AmericaSpeakingOut.com is an innovative, transparent and honest initiative that will allow you to do just that. Instead of Washington telling you what's best, you can now take control.
- The Backstory "The unveiling of the site confirms the fact--long known behind closed doors," writes The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, "that Republicans leaders have decided to proceed with plans to create a document to take to voters this fall that will seek to tap into the sentiment behind 1994's 'Contract With America.'"