Skip to comments.Lessons from Britain and Canada Could Save the GOP
Posted on 12/06/2008 2:32:36 PM PST by yongin
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Cameron is a British Obama.
I like this excerpt.
Most of the program did, however, succeed. If you go to the partys website or watch their ads you will see a much more hopeful message than you did a few years ago. Gone is the old logo, a rather intimidating hand grasping a torch. It has been replaced by a very happy-looking tree. Everything about the new message is hopeful, sunny, and forward looking — and the focus is now on quality of life issues like family, healthcare and education. Granted, the old taxes and national security message is still there, but it comes packaged as part of a larger message that the Conservative Party cares about people. Cameron also makes a point of being modern and tech-savvy, as illustrated by his WebCameron video blogs. These are all fantastic moves, and the Republican Party should move quickly to implement them (of course, technology is philosophically neutral). By the way, the people who are broadening this discussion here in America are conservative governors like Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal. They are the real American Camerons in my mind.
As for RNC Chair, who do you favor - Steele, Dawson, Saul A., Duncan? I can't believe Duncan is running again. He thinks Saxby’s reelection win entitles him to another term. The MI GOP did not fare well under Saul A's leadership. I suspect his main priority as RNC Chair will be to help Mitt Romney get the Presidential nomination in 2012. Dawson proved he is not incompetent. The GOP is still strong in SC. As for Steele, he is telegenic and ran a dynamite Senate campaign in the Marxist red state of MMD. But he was never elected in his own right. With O’Malley’s approval ratings shaky, Steele might be a contender for MD Governor. So my pick for RNC Chair would be Kit Dawson.
No, Tony Blair was our Obama. We’re over that now, at least until the next one comes along. Despite all the tree-hugging media image, Cameron is IMHO a true Conservative (in the British Disraelian sense) who believes in traditional English values and liberties and one-nationism....
I agree....rename it the Conservative party and let what’s left the Republicans decide where they want to be...
Too long, country can’t take it.
If they did that in the 30’s (or 10’s 50’s whatever though civil rights would be a major sticking point in after WW2) it might have helped Southern dems defect faster. An official attempted at a merger and purging of liberal Republicans would have made sense then.
“Oh look we’re a new different party, not the one your grandfather died fighting in the civil war”.
I wonder if such a change today would appeal to idiots who call themselves conservative (still over 40% of the electorate I think) that vote for fauxcon labor rats.
The lesson from Canada seems to be “only have 1 right of center party and hope the main left party remains scandal plagued and incompetent”.
The lesson from Britain is “let the economy suck after the other party has been in charge for 15 years and talk like a moderate climate change climate change green green”.
For us the sheen on his majesty needs to come off. I don’t believe there has been some liberal sea change. Bush and GOP incompetence and failure to keep their promises coupled with a recession gave the left this opening. In a few years most of those college aged Obamites will (hopefully) cease caring about “green politics” and “gay rights” and be worring about feeding their families like most people.
In the short term we need far-left overreaching and incompetence or else Barry will probably get another term.
Continued economic crisis could result in a swift rebound OR could result in a FDR style disaster depending on how stupid America really is.
Unless America becomes more like France, the two party system will remain. Success of 3rd party movements tend to be short lived. Take Jesse Ventura. After winning the Governorship, the Reform party hoped to expand nationwide. However, Ventura didn’t run for another term and the Reform Party couldn’t win any other office in MN. Support for 3rd parties are “summer flings” rather than long term relationships. When people join 3rd parties, they quickly learn how tedious the political process can be. Its more than waving signs at rallies. Its long hours stuffing envelopes, knocking on doors, and making phone calls on a Weekend afternoon or Weekday evening. They figure why do this work for just 1% of the vote? They eventually leave the 3rd party and either become politically apathetic or become reabsorbed by the 2 party system.
Oh no the idea wasn’t a third party nut rather renaming the Republican party.
And my historical ‘wish’ idea for back in the day was for a GOP merger with ‘conservative dems’ under a new banner, not a third party.
I in no way am for that foolishness, a split on the right eliminated any chance of anything but a Liberal Party Government in Canada until they merged.
Excellent analysis. The Republicans cannot keep winning every elections. No party can win every elections in a democratic system or else it will not be a democracy anymore. In 2008 every odd under the sun was against the Republicans and hence we lost. The news about the demise of Republicanism and Conservatism is greatly exxagerated.
Yep. We aint going to win if we are just the white Southern Baptist party.
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