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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hope and Change for the Other Side

Now that it is clear that The Chairman and his Politburo will rise to power in Washington, it is time for the other side to consider the mantra of 'hope and change.'

Frankly, the only hope the GOP has of turning around 2 straight losses in 2006 and 2008 is to change direction.

Republicans must turn back to their core principles of low taxes, small government, balanced budgets, and a reduction in federal spending, or else they are going to get plastered once again by the voters.

Clearly the main reason the GOP has taken a hit in the last 2 election cycles is that they have acted more like Democrats than Republicans. And the choice of John McCain to head the ticket this year was simply one more big mistake based on the premise that the GOP must appear to be more 'moderate' to win.

On issue after issue, such as immigration control and securing our borders, opposing bailouts for large, mismanaged corporations, drilling here in America for our own oil and becoming energy independent, opposition to pork barrel spending, opposing the notion of 'redistribution of wealth,' support for tax cuts, and a host of other issues, Americans support the GOP by overwhelming numbers.

The problem was that poll after poll showed Americans were more afraid McCain would raise their taxes than Obama, the perception being that McCain is simply one more RINO who is just as untrustworthy as the Democrats on matters such as taxes.

Pat Toomey at National Review has an article that points out at least 2 ways the GOP can change direction and thus give hope to conservatives for winning in 2010 and 2012.

1 comment:

the pistolero said...

McCain was the worst of the GOP field for 2008, arguably matched only by Mitt Romney. Sarah Palin had her flaws, perhaps, but I think she made a vote for Johnny Mac palatable to a lot more people. Even L. Neil Smith had good things to say about her...I thought that counted for a whole, whole lot.