Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Why Republicans Lose Elections, Part II: Paralysis and Denial

A great column by Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma appears in today's Wall Street Journal addressing the confusion in today's republican party:.
"Many Republicans are waiting for a consultant or party elder to come down from the mountain and, in Moses-like fashion, deliver an agenda and talking points on stone tablets. But the burning bush, so to speak, is delivering a blindingly simple message: Behave like Republicans."

Senator Coburn takes a veiled, and well-deserved, swipe at President Bush and Carl Rove in his references to "compassionate conservatism" and the "K Street Project."

His analysis of the republican identity crisis (gender confusion?) is right on. However, I view his endorsement of Senator McCain for the presidency as dubious at best. Perhaps Coburn is trolling for the veep? Regrdless, McCain needs a solidly conservative running mate who believes in limited government and individual liberty. In other words, someone who believes the government should:

1. Tax less.

2. Spend less.

3. Regulate less.

Adopt and embrace these principles, republicans, or continue to be defeated by leftists.


Ted said...

Here's an important piece of advice: If it looks like it's going to be McCain/Palin anyway (and that should be a "no brainer" for Team McCain), McCain should announce NOW or VERY SOON, rather than later towards the convention. There's currently a growing chorus for Obama/Hillary (as VP) ticket (in fact the Dems are likely aware of the Palin phenomenon). If the GOP waits while movement for Hillary as VP grows -- even worse until after it is solidified that Hillary will/could be VP pick -- selecting Palin will be portrayed by Dems/liberal media more as a reaction by GOP selecting its own female (overshawdoing Palin's own remarkable assets), rather than McCain taking the lead on this. Selecting Palin now or early (contrary to the punditocracy) will mean McCain will be seen as driving the course of this campaign overwhelmingly, and the DEMS will be seen as merely reacting. And, there's absoultely no down-side to this because even if Hillary is a no-go as VP for Obama, the GOP gains by acting early. McCain the maverick. Palin the maverick. Do it now!

There's no reason, and actually substantial negative, in McCain waiting to see what the Dems do first insofar as his picking Palin as VP, because, no matter who Obama picks, Palin is by far (and I mean far) the best pick for McCain and the GOP, especially in this time of GOP woes. The GOP can be seen as the party of real 'change' (albeit I hate that mantra, change, change, bla bla), while not really having to change from GOP core conservative values, which Palin more than represents.

In light of the current oil/energy situation, as well as the disaffected female Hillary voters situation, and growing focus on McCain's age and health, Palin is more than perfect -- now.

(Perhaps Team McCain is already on to this.)

Polymath said...

I don't think Hillary would be satisfied with the #2 slot. She has invested too much in the prospect of achieving the nomination that by all accounts (in 2007 anyway) should have been handedto her.

I agree with you that McCain would do well to announce his VP coice sooner rather than later. Especially if the #2 man is a solid conservative.