There is a tendency when things go off course to over correct, and this is something the Republican party needs to avoid. There is a big rush that is already beginning to take over the media and the GOP, and that is the rush to see who we will nominate in 2012. As someone who is completely mentally exhausted from this election, may I humbly submit that this is just an insipid waste of time? I understand that the GOP had a bad election and I understand that many are worried and already looking forward with fevered hope to 2012, but how in the world can we even contemplate the type of nominee we will need when we don't know what the President Elect is going to do?
The Republican party, since it is the party out of power, is now put in reactionary mode. The President and his Democratic Congress will set the agenda and this is what we need to be reacting too. This is going to be a day by day thing folks and it behooves no one for us to jump too far ahead. The furthest we should be looking ahead to right now is 2010 and not one day beyond. A lot of history happens in four years, the world and our place in it could well shift, so what is important now is to reaffirm our core principles and govern accordingly.
The Democrats have benefited greatly the last eight years because their power has been limited. Despite the fact that Democrats had a hand in this Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mess, the public did not hold them accountable. What I think this illustrates is that perception is power, the Democrats will be given ownership in the minds of the American people of all of the nations successes and failures, and they will be watched carefully.
The American people are a tenacious bunch, both forgiving and condemning, and the Democrats will see both sides of the people soon enough. So, what do we do? What the Republican party needs to do is focus on being the loyal opposition, while working with, but not compromising with, Democrats where we can. At the same time, the Republican party has serious infrastructure work that needs to be done. We have a lot of smart folks on our side and we should be embarrassed at the internet advantage the Democrats have, it's unacceptable and needs to be reversed quickly. In the North East and the West, we need to have a ground game and rebuild our reputation with those folks. People in the North East are being taxed hand over fist, many are unhappy with their own governments. Michigan is a perfect example of this, losing that state, which is the poster child of what can happen under liberal governance, is inexcusable and shows fundamental party weakness.
What this Country needs is for the next Newt Gingrich to stand up and lead this party. To make a contract with America and to keep it's word. We have done it before, we helped President Clinton strengthen the economy, accomplish welfare reform and balance the budget. These are the things the American people count on our party for. The attachment with our party is not emotional for most people, its pragmatic, and when we stopped being that pragmatic party they went with their emotional home base, the Democratic party. Celebrities will never fawn over our party, but the American people will come back if we come back to our principles. Parties in power tend to overreach, I suspect given the early indications the Democratic party will overreach sooner then later. But that's ok, the Republican party will do what it has had to do now for most of recent history, pick up the pieces after a Democratic administration.
Final Thoughts- To try to hone in on a nominee now would be the equivalent of fortune telling and would be just as effective. The Republican party needs to learn political flexibility, the best nominees now may not be what we need in four years. Message and infrastructure, that is all we should be focused on. Barack Obama won, he's not even in office yet, to look forward to 2012 and settle on someone will pidgeon hole this party at a time when we need to be fluid. Republican's are action oriented folks, I understand how difficult it is to wait and react, but for the sake of this party and its political future that is exactly what we must do. Until next time...