THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

GUEST BLOG: Princella Smith on GOP’s Troubles

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on November 6, 2008

The results of the 2008 election caused me to wonder if McCain ever really had a chance in the first place. Truthfully, about mid September, I realized that if there was indeed a shot for a Republican to win the Presidential race, it was lost. (Mid-September was the start of the HORRENDOUS financial bailout.)

Tuesday night, when I was on the air at the Christian Broadcasting Network, I didn’t bash President Bush, but I did point out that there were some failed policies that have ultimately led to the political blood bath that Republicans suffered last night. The American people are responding in anger and disgust for what has happened over the past 3-4 years. It’s not entirely Bush’s fault. Some things could not be helped, but a leader is not judged by what happens but on how he/she responds to what happens.

I believe Bush is a sincere person whose actions were based on what he felt was the right thing to do, but he was loyal to a fault to some people who advised him and/or served in his administration, and it has unfortunately ruined his legacy. Even yesterday an Obama supporter told me that he believes that Bush was sincere, but that the people around him ruined him. While this isn’t true for all Bush advisers, it is unfortunately true for many of them.

The reason why Republicans got kicked this cycle is because they have all been thrown under the bus with President Bush. There is a reason why so many incumbents were sent home. The GOP held Congress from 1994-2006, and then they broke the Contract with America (look it up on Google if you don’t know what it is). They did NOT govern with a right of center approach but as tax and spend liberals, and President Bush didn’t even use his veto power until his 7th year in office.

What’s crazy is that people say that they are upset with the “conservative way”, but actually, they are upset with the “liberal way”. These self-professed conservatives in Congress along with President Bush governed as tax-and-spend liberals–not as fiscally responsible leaders. THAT is what the public is rebelling against, but since self-professed conservatives were the ones doing it, they are thinking: “The conservative way is the wrong way. If this is what that meant, then I don’t want it!”

Ironically enough, McCain was one of the people who fought against pork barrel spending, but he too has fallen at the hand of this mass act to throw Republicans under the bus.

There will be many in the GOP who point fingers to determine “whose fault this is”, and I’m not going to get into the pettiness of that. It is a waste of time. The GOP has to get to the root of its issues in a constructive way…HOWEVER, I am quick to defend McCain against people who want to blame him for this. Some people were angry that he had to distance himself from President Bush and blamed his loss on that, but I think that argument is WAY off base. You could not expect McCain to run side by side with President Bush when Bush’s approval rating is 28%. McCain was not the first choice of many in the GOP, but it is extremely unfair to fault him for distancing himself from Bush. And, the GOP, pundits, analysts, and critics most certainly should NOT blame this on Gov. Sarah Palin who was thrust into the spotlight at the last minute. She was one heck of a grassroots campaigner and a good sport despite the unfair ribbing she took in a bulk of the media who were–yes—“in the tank” for Obama.

The far left has raised their voice loud and clear. There is a gaping hole to be filled: leadership wanted for the center-right majority. Tuesday night, a GOP state leader e-mailed me the question: “What now?” Here is my answer; fill the gaping hole!!

  1. The GOP quits whining. If you didn’t see this coming, you were delusional.
  2. GOP gets to the root of the problem without finger-pointing.
  3. GOP picks a strong national leader and develops the “up and comers”
  4. GOP tells people of age that they either get with the new, forward-looking party or retire.
  5. “Forward-looking” is defined as new, innovative ideas to enact a right of center plan of action and an effective way to communicate these views—not a change in the definition of conservatism itself.
  6. GOP actively recruits, young people, women, and minorities, for positions of authority in the party without making them look like tokens.
  7. American Solutions becomes a voice for the center-right majority and “checks” Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Frank when they are too far to the left and out of line as well as praise them when they are in step with what the majority of the American people want: a center-right plan of action. This can all be found in American Solutions’ Platform of the American People.
  8. GOP draws up a new charter pledging to return to fiscal responsibility and holds each other accountable to it.
  9. GOP pushes for a COMPREHENSIVE energy plan that makes sense. (This includes drilling.)
  10. GOP makes it clear that figureheads who used divisive politics and fear tactics do NOT speak for the GOP, and diffuses the effects of Election night 2008.

The GOP is in somewhat of an identity crisis, so they should weed out those who aren’t adhering to the fundamental ideals of a center-right majority for true American Solutions, and THAT’S the bottom line.

Princella Smith is a frequent guest on BlackPolicy.org’s XM Satellite radio program.

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