"The election’s outcome is a "fairly thorough repudiation" of the party’s governing style, said Peter Wehner, a former deputy assistant to President Bush. "The Republican Party is in worse shape than conservatism," he said. "The problem with the Republican Party is that it is not speaking the language and addressing the concerns of the middle class."
Democrats made great gains this year in some of the fastest-growing parts of the South and Mountain West, boosted by expanded support from young voters, suburbanites, and Hispanics. The results demonstrated Republicans had become "a white, rural, regional party," retiring US Representative Tom Davis of Virginia lamented on Tuesday." Boston Globe
"a white, rural, regional party," That’s the risk. Regional parties that represent particular ethnic constituencies do not win national elections in the US. The Republicans have to re-invent themselves as a "big tent" that stops babbling about RINOs and concentrates on center-right positions on issues that have a country-wide appeal. No more single issue "litmus tests" about abortion. No more embrace of neocon dreams.
The Republicans must embrace: fiscal responsibility, limited government, federalism, and a general inclination to libertarian values, no more "creep" toward a police state.
The Democrats should look carefully at the results of this election. I do not see evidence that a general ideological shift to the Left is taking place in the American electorate. People were disgusted with what the Bush Administration, the "K Street Project" and the Jacobins had done to them. In retaliation they voted Democratic in great numbers. Blacks voted for a Black. Will they show up in the same kind of numbers to vote for a White? The giddy talk on 24/7 news is not reassuring on that score.
Are we really seeing an expansion of the electorate? I doubt it. All these "new" people could have voted in equal numbers in previous elections. They did not. Why? Was this elections a "one off" as the Brits say?
The Democrats picked up 18 seats in the House? Disappointing. Several referenda refused public assent to leftish proposals concerning gay marriage, etc. How does that "square" with the idea of a "progressive" trend?
Obama and the Democratic congressional leaders should be careful. Their control of congress could be very transient. pl