The Future of the Republican Party

The Republican party, thought just a few years ago to have an emerging permanent majority, is now at its low point since 1964.

With the loss of the Presidency and continued loss of seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate, the GOP is in danger of being a long term minority party unless they get their act together and move away from right wing conservatism and toward the moderate center, where the majority of Americans are found.

IF they become an obstructionist party, unwilling to cooperate with the dire need for change in both domestic and foreign policy, then they will be doomed to long term insignificance.  If they allow Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee to become the future leadership of the Republican party, they will alienate two thirds of the country by catering to the one third which is often defined as Religious Right.  This country rejected in 2008 what has been the dominant influence in the Republican party in the past two and a half decades.  The party has major work to do to regain influence in the industrial Midwest, the Mountain States, the Pacific Coast and the Northeast.  Its influence in the South is waning as well, so the GOP must offer itself as a moderate alternative if it is to revive as a serious challenge to what may have become a new, energized Democratic majority. 

The concept of being a "Rockefeller" Republican , or even the true image of a "TR"  Republican (not the one mistakenly described by John McCain), is essential for the long term success of the GOP.  They must recruit party leadership who understand this need if they are to be a competitive alternative to the Democratic party in 2012 or 2016. And they cannot continue their anti-immigration policy which doomed them among the rising Hispanic population.

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