This piece on the Politico website offers some great insight on how the Republican party can get its act together and while maybe not get congress back into GOP hands, it may stem the tide towards the Democrats this election http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0508/10370.html.
Some highlights include input from Mitt Romney that the Republicans need a new, modern version of the Contract With America. Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey says that the GOP needs to get back to basics. You know, cutting taxes and spending, reminding America that they, not the Democrats are the party to lead on the critical issue of the day, national security.
Another, and I like this title, is "Cut The Crap". It states the obvious. That the Republicans need to rid itself of the rotting meat. You know, cretins like boozing womanizer congressman Vito Fossella. Why he is still a member of congress is part of the problem. So-called House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) needs to tell Vito, this party is over and do not let the door hit you on the rump as you leave. Same goes with Sen. Larry "Happy Feet" Craig (R-Idaho). It is totally embarrassing that this man is still in the senate. And so-called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell should be doing the same to Sen. Craig. This part of the article is what the GOP problem is:
This is no laughing matter to many Republicans. Voters don’t pay much attention to Congress unless there is a good scandal or bad spending.
We need to get those with big bucks back on our side. Even those of us who give a few bucks here and there are tired of investing good money on a bad investment. And, to many, that is the current national Republican party. Unless the GOP gets back to basics, they will be in the minority for a while.
But, there is hope as there are a great deal of fresh, new and dynamic faces out there.
And that leads to the next point.
The Republicans must have a real, conservative family-friendly agenda. And that it is time to get some new people out there to promote that agenda.
The Republicans need to recruit great conservative blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and everything in between. But, these people should not run in contests that they have no chance. These kind of candidates need to run in areas that may not be known for electing people of color. Former congressman J. C. Watts ran and won a race for congress in 1994-in Oklahoma. There are plenty of Hispanics in Republican areas that need to be recruited to run-and win. It will show the Democrats that they do not have to gerrymander districts to insure minority representation. Minorities can win anywhere and with a strong, pro family agenda.
Another suggestion is what the authors refer to as "Fan The Fears" and that is in regards to the Democrats and how they would handle the terror threat. And, another issue is judges and the courts. Now that four renegade California supreme court justices, led by the chief justice, have divined a "right" to same-sex marriage and usurped the will of the people and or the legislature, this is an issue that the Democrats have to wish never came up.
One aspect of the article I felt ambivalent to is to run away hard as one can from President Bush.
On some issues, fine, but on the core issues, I do not agree that candidates should run away from the president. On the War Against Islamofacsist Terror? No way. On tax cuts? No way. Candidates do not need President Bush at the hip, but they can use him in other, yes behind the scene ways. Raising money is one way. And, as noted, the GOP needs a cash infusion like Dracula needs a lot of blood!
I hope that someone in charge in Washington is reading this piece because it is a great blueprint to restore the good name of the GOP. And maybe keep the White House and the congressional losses to a minimum.