Most of the nation’s dwindling number of Republican governors are meeting this week in Miami to “assess the Party’s prospects” in the wake of last week’s well-deserved trouncing at the polls.
Can anything good come of this? Well, maybe.
Many of those gathered see something worthwhile in an examined loss. And in their examination, two recurring strains of thought rear their heads.
First: We have to “broaden the base”. Says Charlie Crist, “You have to be inclusive; you have to work for a big tent.”
Second: We have to return to core principles. “[S]tick to the knitting,” advised Mark Sanford.
I have some good news for you guys: These two strategies are not mutually exclusive. The way to expand the base is to return to core principles.
Economic and political freedom, individual responsibility, and small government are principles that work, principles that foster prosperity. Big governments that plunder productive taxpayers in order to bail out irresponsible free-loaders destroy prosperity.
A party whose policies improve lives is a party that wins, wins new followers and wins elections. The way to victory is clear: follow the light of the core principles that promote human flourishing.