Last month, I wrote about "America Speaking Out", the website of House Republicans which offers regular folks a chance to submit ideas that will help the GOP put together a policy agenda.
A month later, what kind of ideas have percolated?
Thousands of people posted ideas or voted on their favorite suggestions. But the project's usefulness in shaping a Republican agenda is questionable.
Last week, the top five entries in the "Liberty and Freedom" category were: ban handguns, "drop the idea that we're a 'Christian' country," declare abortion "none of the government's business," allow gays to serve openly in the military and legalize marijuana.
Republican leaders mentioned none of these when they began highlighting proposals from the project. Instead, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called for numerous spending cuts, including canceling unspent stimulus dollars and freezing government pay raises.
So basically, America Spoke Out, and Republicans didn't listen. Which, I suppose, is their perogative, but one wonders what the purpose of the whole exercise was in the first place.