I heard Michael Steele on the radio (in Chicago) this morning and came away less enthusiastic about seeing him as RNC Chairman.
Here's why: Steele, who embraces pretty much the same pro-life Conservative values I do, explained his version of a winning GOP strategy as drafting candidates who reflect the issue positions of voters in their district/state. Now, this isn't entirely off-base, but I was unpleasantly surprised to hear Michael Steele state this as the centerpiece of the effort to regain Republican majorities.
Whatever happened to winning over voters to Conservative IDEAS? The GOP will never expand its base sufficiently by Leftward flanking manuevers -- voters on the Left already have a major Party of choice: Democrats. Republican success has come from proposing Conservative solutions that win over voters from the middle to Conservative IDEAS. That's how Reagan succeeded and that's how The Contract With America succeeded.
If the last few weeks of the hapless McCain campaign didn't cure us of the attraction of ME-TO Republicanism, I don't know what will. The election was OVER when the credit crisis loomed onto the national stage and John McCain's response was to rail against "Wall Street greed"and rush to Washington D.C. where the federal government would save us. Memo to McCain Campaign: we already have a Party that hates capitalism and thinks government is the answer to every problem; if you sound just like them, why should anyone buy from you instead of them?
No doubt Republicans should be wise as serpents (like Rahm Emmanuel) and recruit viable candidates, but if we ever hope to escape permanent minority status, we'll need to lead with ideas, and the Leftist idea concession is already taken, so it will have to be Conservative ideas if the GOP is to have a unique selling proposition. Not to mention that Conservative ideas are what America desperately needs.