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.