According to poll, voters have mixed feelings about GOP plans to investigate and hold hearings about the Obama administration.  This will be one of the most important roles of House leadership. Investigations will not, in the end, forward the Republican or conservative cause.

Instead, the new Congress should focus on policy differences with the Obama administration and work to change policy.  There will be Committee Chairmen climbing all over one another to get more press investigating Obama.  John Boehner, likely the new Speaker, should shut those Chairmen down.

There are a myriad of Obama initiatives that can (and should) be challenged in the Courts.  It starts with the state challenges to Health Care Reform but doesn’t end there.  It should continue with Arizona’s fighting in favor of our immigration law.  It should do with efforts to fight voter fraud and intimidation.

Beyond those legal challenges which are critically important and may not be resolved for years, it is most important now to lay out clear differences on policy between the new Congress and the Obama administration and the old Congress.  Where limited gains can be accomplished cooperatively, they should be.  But where differences do not lend themselves to compromise, the goal of House Republicans and new “Tea Party-inspired” members should be to demonstrate those differences and articulate them clearly in positive fashion in ways the voters can understand.  They should think of language used by folks like Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp and now Paul Ryan and Jeff Flake – not of divisive, mean-spirited, personal attacks.

Here is the polling data and analyis from Rasmussen.

Voters Have Mixed Feelings About GOP Plans to Investigate Obama.