If Republicans want to survive as a party capable of installing members into positions of power and influence at the national level, they’re going to have to start coming clean with us.
April 30, 2009 –– My comment posted to CNN’s Cafferty File this afternoon, April 30, 2009, follows. It was in response to the question, “How can the Republican Party improve its image with voters?” It didn’t make the cut to be aired, maybe because I didn’t post it until late this afternoon. But perhaps you’d like to comment in response to it on my blog.
Jack, I’m guessing that the Republican Party has ridden their political pony of lower taxes, smaller government and ridged constitutionalism into the ground. If Republicans want to survive as a party capable of installing members into positions of power and influence at the national level, they’re going to have to start coming clean with us. Americans have been educated by recent events and by the second Great Communicator, Barack Obama, that when principles fail, it’s time to start coming up with new ideas. Unfortunately, Republicans haven’t had a new idea since Ronald Regan.
Most Americans know now that Reganomics is truly Voodoo economics and that conservatives in Congress have been no more fiscally conservative than their liberal counterparts. Once we’re out of the economic mess that Republicans have left us, we’ll be generations paying-off the debt they have saddled us with and salvaging the social safety nets that Americans have come to depend upon.
Clearly, Republicans need to stop the name-calling, they need to distance themselves from Rush Limbaugh, they need to learn to evolve with change, they need respect science, they need to beg forgiveness for causing the current recession or at least making it worse, they need to stop vilifying gays, non-Christians and poor non-whites, and they need to give party leadership over to moderates like Utah’s Governor Jon Huntsman. It wouldn’t hurt either if they were to come up with a new name for their party, something like maybe the Repentance Party.
Please feel free to comment whether you agree or not.