First let me start off by saying congratulations to the Democrats, after a hard fought race you have come out on top and finally have your chance to lead. Let me also say that though I admittedly disagree with Barack Obama's policies and ideology, I wish our new President Elect nothing but the best. I am an American before I am a member of a party and for the sake of all of us hope that Barack Obama makes the right decisions for our Country. I know many of you are very upset today, but let me remind you of something, there is an opportunity to be had in an Obama victory. This victory gives conservatives a chance for a fresh start and allows us to rebuild our party bigger and stronger.
For the past eight years Republicans in Washington have disappointed those of us in the grassroots, they have expanded government and increased spending by irresponsible amounts, and now are paying the price for it. Last nights defeat was retribution, with power comes responsibility and those in Washington did not exercise their power well. So the American people took a gamble on something new and tossed out many in our party. I believe many Obama voters were not aware of exactly what they have voted for and will be surprised and dismayed at how a Democratic Washington will govern. The Country is now in their hands, after maybe a six month honeymoon period, the Democrats can't blame Bush and the Republicans anymore for what happens to the Country. Let's allow the electorate to see the Democrats in action and see if a larger government is what they really prefer.
While Democrats bask in their power, we can use this time to rebuild. If we want to be back in power, we need a better strategy. Here is what I think needs to be done to rebuild a conservative majority:
Hispanic Outreach- The GOP has been woeful in this area, Hispanics are always going to be a key constituency and we can no longer afford to lose them by 60 percent. Not acceptable. Most Hispanics agree with conservatives on values and economic issues, we need to do a better job with these folks.
Get Rid Of The "Moderates"- Moderates are the poison of our party, they are the ones who want to grow the size of the government and instead of defeating democrats they want to reach out to them. This is a recipe for continued losses, if the electorate has a choice between a Democrat and "Democrat lite" they choose the Democrat.
Crystallize What Conservatism Means- Conservatism is simple, its about smaller government, tax cuts and social decency. So called "conservatives" have been tarnishing our brand in not only the government but in our press. There are many folks who are called "conservative" commentators who are not. Bill Kristol, Peggy Noonan, Kathleen Parker, David Brooks, ect., they are the moderates that are killing the party. Real conservatism needs to be promoted and explained, we are going to have to go back to square one, that is how badly conservatism is misunderstood.
Vocal Minority- If Republicans in the House and Senate play their cards right, we could have another 1994 in 2010, if they stick to conservative principles. Republicans in Congress are going to have to fight these tax increases and spending increases to remind people who is really on their side. Republicans need to be vocal in their opposition and not assimilate to the will of the Democrats. This is all a part of the redefining that needs to happen, actions speak louder then words , they need to show the American people what conservatives really believe in. Conservatism has been perverted during 8 years of spending excess that may get worse under Obama, as the minority in Congress they need to fight to right the ship for the taxpayers of this Country.
Final Thoughts- Look, I know a lot of you are upset today, but I think its important not to wallow in this defeat. We are not going to to succumb to what liberals did in the last election, were not going to cry foul and run off to our shrinks. We are going to pick ourselves up and fight on for the battles we face. We are going to be classy in defeat and wish Obama well for the sake of our Country, and then in 2010 we are going to take back the congress. That's what winners do guys, they don't whine, they take action and that is what we must do.
For my liberal readers I am going to ask a bit of a favor today, I know you very much want to gloat, but please show some class today. You've won, don't be obnoxious winners, this is your moment to display some dignity. If you do choose to be rude, which of course you are free to, your comment will not be posted long, just a word of warning. The Country needs healing today and I expect you all to be gracious. There is still a lot going on out there guys and I along with my fellow conservative bloggers aren't going anywhere. I will be back tomorrow with a new post, until then...