Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX). (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Louie Gohmert Aims and Misfires

The big picture challenge facing the Republican Party is not to read too much ideological meaning into their win last November. The midterm elections were a refutation of President Obama and a victory for the Republicans, but not a mandate for a far right agenda of the kind Mr. Gohmert would like to pursue. A leadership challenge from the right, will make achieving this task even more difficult. Congressional Republicans have an ambitious legislative agenda on issues including the Keystone XL Pipeline, healthcare and the environment. To build support for these proposals they need to appear, unified, and more importantly, moderate and serious. Leaderships challenges from the right make this more difficult.

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