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March 20, 2013
The GOP obituary is very premature
The GOP is correctly looking back at 2012 and asking: what happened? I'm sure that every businessman reading this understands that it's good to sit back and ask: Why did I lose that deal? What did my competitor do to get the business?
I'm OK with looking back but not writing an obituary or bathing in all of these pessimistic waters.
In fact, I'm not the only one who thinks that the obituary is premature. There are two Democrats who agree with me.
The first one is Rowland Martin at CNN. He is reminding "giddy Democrats" to tone down and look at some electoral reality, specially the GOP success stories at the state level:
"Maybe more of my brothers and sisters in Washington need to get outside the Beltway, hit the road and discover the far more expansive America that is happening outside Washington, Maryland, Virginia, New York and New Jersey. If they do, they'll find out that the conventional wisdom is pretty much worthless."
Another Democrat is Ted Van Dyk who is very concerned about the state of the Democrat party and how President Obama got reelected:
"Defying the odds, Mr. Obama did become the first president since Franklin Roosevelt to be re-elected with an election-year unemployment rate above 7.8%. Yet his victory wasn't based on public affirmation of his agenda. Instead, it was based on a four-year mobilization-executed with unprecedented skill-of core Democratic constituencies, and on fear campaigns in which Mitt Romney and the Republicans were painted as waging a "war on women," being servants of the wealthy, and of being hostile toward Latinos, African Americans, gays and the middle class. I couldn't have imagined any one of the Democratic presidents or presidential candidates I served from 1960-92 using such down-on-all-fours tactics."
Mr Van Dyk is saying what a lot of giddy Democtats aren't thinking. Nobody voted to reelect Obama. His voters were scared to death about Romney. It worked but it will make governing very hard!
Again, the GOP needs a more realistic approach to immigration reform, one that offers more work visas to people who want to work in the US. I think that we will reconnect with Asians and other upscale immigrant groups by facilitating more visas for engineers and technical professionals that our country needs.
But let's not forget the big lesson of 2012: Obama found voters in social networks and we were still mailing them pieces with "forever" stamps on the envelopes.
In baseball terms, the Obama campaign threw a pitch that the Romney team had never seen before.
Can we learn a thing or two about losing? Yes.
Do we have to do a "cynical evolution" on same sex marriage, like Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama, to appeal to young people? No we don't.
Like the obituaries written about the Democrat party after the 2004 election, today's obituary about the GOP will find its way to the deleted section of our email soon.
Speaking of obituaries, the people in the GOP tormented about 2012 should check out Larry Sabato's early take on the 2014 elections. He likes the GOP's chances a lot.
And so do I specially when more and more Americans realize how unbelievably costly and unbearable ObamaCare is.
P.S. American Thinker readers may enjoy my conversation with Richard Baehr about this on Tuesday.
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