Republican hands are wringing themselves pretty raw. The Monday-morning quarterbacking is in full swing, as exhausted “consultants”, “operatives”, and “strategists” autopsy their dreams of victory.
But the reason for the GOP’s second “thumpin'” in as many years isn’t terribly hard to pinpoint, and it isn’t that the Party was insufficiently obsequious to gimme groups, that John McCain refused to “go negative”, or that a towel-clad Sarah Palin didn’t know that Africa is a continent.
The Republican Party lost this election, and the last one, because it lost its way. It has ceased to be a credible voice for limited government and the individual freedom and responsibility that it entails. And because Republicans have enacted prosperity-killing policies that expand government and diminish the individual, they have spawned, or at least exacerbated, the economic tumble on everybody’s mind.
Winning elections is a means, not an end. It is a means to enacting policies based on principles. But for 20 years, Republicans have enacted policies that offend what they claim are their principles, principles that nurture prosperity. And so they’ve ceased to be the Party that allows people to become better off than they were four years earlier, and no one trusts them any more.
The Republican Powers that Be, with their endless emphasis on “attracting new voters” into the “Big Tent” with “appeals” based on their parochial “issues”, seem to have forgotten their ultimate reason for being.
When they realize that sound strategy doesn’t sacrifice the end to the means, they’ll be back on the road to victory.