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  • 10 years ago
Which way forward for the GOP?

Which way forward for the GOP?

Before the GOP figures out where they need to go, they need to take a long look at where they stand today.

The electorate is changing and the party needs to acknowledge that. They have become a regional, rural party dominated by older white voters. Some think the party needs to go right, become more conservative and focus on the core social and moral issues that have defined the party for the past quarter century.

I try to make the arguement that the party needs to open up, to accept those who agree with them 75% of the time. Politics is not a debating society where the purity of your positions is the deciding factor. What matters is developing the broadest possible coalition. What the GOP needs is new leadership and new ideas. They need to connect with younger and minority voters by demonstrating how their platform enables them to realize the American dream.

We got a lot of good calls, the mix was pretty even. This is going to be an interesting conversation for some time to come.

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