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article imageOp-Ed: GOP in State of Confusion

By Sadiq Green     Nov 21, 2008 in Politics
After eight long years of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, the Republican Party is in a state of leaderless chaos after its major rejection by the American voting public. Americans welcome a time of major realignment in almost every aspect of our society.
The Republicans were in total control of the body politic for six of the last eight years, and Americans have suffered due to the amount of damage they have done to the economy, the Constitution, and America's reputation abroad, Their entire philosophy, resting on greed, voluntary ignorance and legalized looting of the treasury, was soundly repudiated this past Election Day.
The Republicans now have to figure out whether they want to continue their Lee Atwaterish, Karl Rovian approach to electoral politics, which counts on their fundamentalist and extreme right conservative base to bring them victory, even if only by a single vote. To continue this approach the GOP risks continued defeat at the polls for years to come. The GOP must shed much of that extremism, and start pushing that beyond-the-mainstream thinking out of the party, while moving to capture the growing ranks of moderates and Independents. It must become a center-right party in opposition to the center-left one offered by the Democrats.
It will be notable to see how the party deals with rightwing firebrand Sarah Palin. If she's treated as a respectable potential leader of the party, that would be good news for the Democrats, who can demonize her forever and continue to win elections. They would assuredly be aided by Palin herself, who is certainly equipped to lead a successful city council but in no way qualified to lead a national political party, let alone a nation. But what's good for the Democrats in this regard may be terrible for our so-called Democratic system, which needs a good, strong, intelligent parties in opposition.
If the traditional core of the Republican Party, probably coming from the U.S. Senate, recognizes that the Palin brand of extremism and demagoguery is what helped take them down to defeat, perhaps they might agree on the need to broaden their base to win elections. At which point, someone will have to step forward to lead that development.
Third and final 2008 Presidential Debate
Senator John McCain responds to a question in the third and final 2008 Presidential Debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
Photo courtesy Hofstra University
John McCain is just sullied goods at this stage, after his horrible campaigning. Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich - dream on. Mike Huckabee has seemingly started his push already, it seems. For the most part they are all tainted by their far-right positions and tactics. Ron Paul is likely too far out in Libertarian land for them. Colin Powell could probably do it, but would he?
The Republicans probably want new, younger leadership, similar to what the Democrats latched onto with Obama. They have waiting in the wings a number of talented young, attractive and intelligent Republican governors and members of congress, like Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor among others. They offer newer options than the aforementioned usual suspects above. We must wait to see who moves to the GOP forefront in 2009.
The longer there's a hole in the GOP leadership, the more the throwbacks in and out of the Senate can feel free to fill the vacuum with their vitriol, ignorance, incendiary accusations and underlying racism. The Republican Party is so desperate for fresh ideas that it recently launched an Obama-like website for Republican citizens to write in with suggestions for the future.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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