On healthcare: For good reason, Americans are naturally skeptical about the federal government’s ability to manage a national healthcare program. So Republicans have an advantage in that Americans are more inclined to support market-based healthcare reforms.
On President Bush: ...I think President Bush’s trade policy has been underappreciated. Aside from a hiccup on steel tariffs early on, President Bush was a consistent proponent of free trade.
On being in the minority: being so deep in the minority has freed Republicans to vote more on principle.
On Republicans' biggest mistake: ...the Medicare prescription drug entitlement.
On earmarks: Clearly, taxpayers were outraged by the pork in the omnibus, but Republicans couldn’t get any traction on it because Democrats were able to turn around and say that 40% of the earmarks in the bill were Republican earmarks.
On bailouts: The various bailouts have prevented the market from reaching its natural bottom.
On tax cuts: I don’t think we can expect any meaningful tax cuts during the Obama Administration, but I don’t believe the era of tax cuts is over.