Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The GOP Seeks New Direction after Tuesday's Elections

The Republican Party is seeking new leaders and a new identity after taking a beating in Tuesday's presidential elections.

Here's the lead of an AP story that describes the GOP dilemma:

WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for a lasting Republican majority.

The Republican Party is essentially in tatters, and not that long after George W. Bush's 2000 election spurred talk of enduring GOP dominance.

John McCain's shellacking and Tuesday's congressional losses leaves the party searching for a new leader and identity.


Tulsan said...

I think the GOP wants do-overs because they, oops, forgot to be as conservative as they should.

Tulsan said...

From Time Magazine

"We are going to have a back-to-basics urge, and that is going to be exactly the wrong thing," says David Frum, who works at the American Enterprise Institute, one of several brain trusts of conservative thought. "The Reagan chapter is a finished chapter." To Frum's thinking, the issues that built the Reagan coalition — crime, welfare, taxes and the Cold War — have faded. Better now to draft policies that address the new concerns of the middle class: economic stagnation, environmental protection and health-care reform. "It's pretty hard to go back to the old Republican arguments," says Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., who chaired the Republican Party for most of the 1980s. "The American people are looking for change that works."

Meanwhile, out in the states, Republican governors blame the folks at the top of the party for destroying the gop brand through their ineptitude and graft.

Tulsan said...

Musings Over Morning Coffee
by DemFromCT on DailyKos this morning:

"The cultural warriors cannot win an election by themselves. They need the aid and support of a coalition. And until and unless they show they treat governance and running the country with the seriousness that America's economic, foreign policy and health care problems deserve, there's no reason for the rest of America to think they deserve a seat at the table. I have my doubts that that will ever happen, but it will be interesting to watch as the GOP implodes on their way to being a regional party with pockets of strength outside the South – and unless they get their act together the South won't always be a haven for them."