Newt Gingrich, it seems, has learned a new word. The title of his talk tonight at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference is “Becoming the Party of Yes.” 
The party of “yes”?
It’s a worthy goal, but the GOP has a long way to go to get there. Last year, Republican Senators went to unprecedented length s to slow down legislation, even targeting bills that many in their own party ended up voting for. They’ve blocked Executive Branch nominees at a rate never before seen . They even forced a time consuming cloture vote on judicial nominee Barbara Keenan  even though not a single Republican was willing to oppose her on her merits. And, for a while, GOP Senators decided that it was in the best interest of the country if they didn’t show up to work after lunch .