After 02 and 04 elections, there was talk of the death of the Democratic Party. Maybe it did die. But, like Jesus himself, the Party resurrected and became Born Again Hard. Howard Dean laid the groundwork, DFA moved the ball in 50 States. We recruited smart, competent people and ran them and ran them again until they won.
Looking around at various Conservative blogs for the last two days, I’m struck by how many of them are in total denial. Not for a minute did I buy into the narrative that the mid Sept stock market crash propelled Obama into the White House. McCain could have chosen to handle it differently, he did not. Sure, a Party leader like Bush with a favorable rating of 11 is difficult to overcome, but it doesn’t explain the shellacking that y’all got last Tuesday either.
Not that long ago, you had everything you needed to govern. Total control of all three branches of Govt. You squandered that opportunity by wasting time demonizing potential voters, and hell, current voters for that matter. You rewarded friendship and loyalty instead of competence and accountability. You promised the more craven of the Evangelicals a chunk of the Treasury and then couldn’t deliver it.
Speaking of Evangelicals, scuttle them. Today. Embrace science and tolerance and intellectual curiosity and I promise your ranks will swell. Pandering to a dumbed down segment of your electorate has addled your brains. Stop thinking tactically and start thinking strategically. You won’t lose true Christians by not focusing on controlling half of the Country’s wombs. You will see more women Republicans. Be tolerant, and you will attract fiscally conservative Gay and Lesbian members who donate, organize, and vote.
In fact, lose the whole “conservative” brand. Its had its day, and our youth find it repulsive. And lets face it, you need young people. But you do not have to return to the same polluted pool to fish for fresh faces to run. You guys spent decades and billions to recruit and train lawyers with no real world experience.
By the way, there would be no need to revisit the Fainess Doctrine if you would stop depending on the talk radio hacks to act as your unruly surrogates. Denounce the hatred forcefully, and watch as they tailor their message accordingly. Your strategy to alienate the bulk of the media by referring to them as biased has played itself out.
A little time in the wilderness might just be good for your Party.
We’ll leave the light on for ya.