|Reporters are interviewing Democrats about how the Republican party should change. One thing Democrats love is to not only tell you what the Democratic party should stand for but what Republicans should too. They do find some "moderate" Republicans, mostly disgruntled people who no longer have a role in the party, who agree that the Democrats are brilliant in their wisdom.
The message is simple. Republicans need to abandon their positions on abortion, religious freedom, traditional marriage, immigration, and lower taxes and embrace the Democrats' positions.
We need to pander to minorities, although they are never clear how.
I'm libertarian and I differ from my party on some of these issues, but I can say that this is all bull dung. There's no doubt that the party should always examine what people like about us and what they don't and determine the best way to communicate what we believe and have a big tent.
The critics want us to jettison conservatives and become Democrats light. We tried that from 2001-2007 and America rejected Republicans big time. Because America doesn't need Republicans to be Democrats light. If they want what the Democrats are selling, why go for a watered down Republican version?
Jim Geharty weighs in and notes that a lot of Republican moderates lost.
We suffered a horrible electoral defeat in 2008. We must've done a good job of figuring out what America wanted because we made a historic comeback in 2010. From reading the media we didn't just lose to a sitting President by nearly 5 points less than we did in 2008. The loss is by a similar amount that John Kerry lost in 2004. No one was telling Democrats to change their message then, only that they needed a better candidate than Kerry.
The critics are acting like this defeat is worse than 2008 and that 2010 never happened.
Romney just won White women 56%-42% after losing them four years ago 53%-46%. That was the biggest gain we had. And we're supposed to abandon our message to women and go with the losers' message?
I welcome introspection and I won't be upset if the party moves closer to me on immigration. We can certainly improve our message and refine our positions. We can evolve. I'm clearly disappointed with the election. We could've done better. But I look at where we stood after the 2008 election and where we stand today and think we must be doing something a lot better than we were then.
After the 2010 election Nancy Pelosi chalked up the loss to the Democrats being too good at their jobs and accomplishing so much that their opponents were motivated. They hadn't made any mistakes or needed to do anything differently. I hope they continue with this attitude and spend all their time providing advice on how we should change. That may annoy me but it sure doesn't help them.