About one day of being depressed over the election results is as much as I can stomach. Here are some practical suggestions for electoral comeback:
1. Professionalism-The Democrats and their campaign staffs approach politics as a business, if not a war. Republicans have for far too long tolerated well-meaning amateurism as a substitute for professional competence in politics. Politics is a job like any other, and professional staffs can help take a lot of the ineffectiveness and clumsiness out of our campaigns.
2. The Mainstream Media are an Arm of the Democrat Party-Republicans often react with shock and helplessness when they learn for the millionth time that most of the Mainstream Media owe their entire allegiance to the left-wing of the Democrat party. It is not a fact to bemoan, but one to accept and to plan for. Attack the media constantly for its bias and have plans to go over the heads of the members of the media to reach the voters.
3. Conservative and Proud-Too often conservatives act as if they are ashamed of being conservatives for fear of alienating voters. This is a mistake. Confident assertion of what a candidate believes in is the only honest and effective means to win votes.
4. Leave no Attack Unanswered-Romney left unanswered a constant barrage of attacks against him, husbanding his resources for a media blitz in the final weeks. The election results demonstrate what a mistake this was.
5. Outreach to Minorities-The Republicans cannot win national elections when they lose 95% of the Black vote and two out of three Hispanic votes. Conservative groups among Blacks and Hispanics must receive large funding from the Republican party and not just in election years. We have many able Republican members of minority groups who can spearhead this effort. This is not tokenism or racial spoils, but an effort to engage conservative members of minority groups in forging a movement that can convert and inspire all Americans for the benefit of the entire nation.
6. Don’t nominate Idiots-Too often we put forward candidates who are unable to convincingly articulate what they believe in and who alienate rather than attract voters.
7. Recognize trending Red States-Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin are all trending red. Major resources should be dedicated to party building operations in these States. Romney came within a few points of victory in each of these states and with some hard work these states can be on our side in the years to come.
8. Generational Change-It is time to put forward some of the younger rising stars of the Republican party to help lead us out of the political wilderness. We have a lot of bright, young energetic office holders and it is time to use this resource.
9. Attack-Obama’s policies are a disaster for the nation. The Republicans must remind the public of this unceasingly and of the alternative policies they back. After a big defeat there is sometimes a temptation for the losing party to tone down its criticism. Such a temptation must be resisted.
10. Bad Times Coming-We know that Obama’s economic and fiscal policies cannot work. In another four years the havoc he will wreak will be a pity to behold. By 2016 the people will be ready for an alternative, and the Republican party must be prepared to be that alternative.