Take the High Road
Well, I reckon most of you feel about the way I do; lousy.
There are two roads to traverse from here; high or low. I encourage you to take the high road.
What happened? Two things-
- The composition of the American electorate is evolving, and an unfettered message about growth, free markets, free will, and strong defense is simply no longer enough to sway the changing (and voting) face of America
- The Republican Party needs to reach out more successfully to emerging voting blocs; in particular, single interest oriented women and Hispanics.
There is no point languishing in recriminations. Governor Romney ran a good campaign, and was not beaten by ideas. He was beaten by fear.
But what’s done is done. This is not the time for the House of Representatives to crawl into its hole. If the President is smart, he will reach across the aisle (something he has not done in 4 years) and engage Republican leadership in a constructive dialogue. If the Republican leadership is smart, it will let itself be engaged. The ball is now in the President’s court. Will it be 4 more years of gridlock, or will he try to get something done? Only time will tell.
The Republicans need to lick their wounds and get serious about what it will take to begin to be more appealing to a broader base. The talking heads on the far right who maintain that the solid conservative base does not need to spread its wings are wrong; full stop. Nothing stays the same. This is not 1980. Indeed, in 2016, it will not even be 2012.
The Republican Party is the party of ideas. It’s Rubio, Portman, Daniels, Ryan, Cantor and others. We have not always held the intellectual high ground, but we do now. The democrats will continue to be led by the likes of Biden, Reid, and Pelosi. It should not even be a contest. But the people have spoken and they say it is very much a contest. So it’s time to redirect the message, and put some more people in the Big Tent.
It can be done, but to do it, the Republicans need to take the high road.
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