A couple of news stories on the political front attracted my attention a while back. The first was that Ashley Judd decided not to challenge Mitch McConnell in 2014, leaving the presumptive challenger as Allison Lundergran Grimes. This has predictably set off wails from various of the Left. The second story was from South Carolina, where Elizabeth Colbert Busch is running against Mark Sanford. This is causing some excitement because she’s Steven Colbert’s older sister, and Mark Sanford went from being known as a conservative favorite as Governor to being known for “hiking the Appalachian Trail” in Argentina. There’s some “practical lessons” in both of these candidacies, that various “lefter than left” people won’t learn.
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One of the things I’ve done over the past month has been to point out the problems that the Republican Party has going forward. One of the major problems they have is Republicans. That is, the people who are running the Party apparatus and serving as elected officials at the federal, state and local level. While there are serious issues with their “message,” or more correctly the platform of policies they espouse, their ability to change anything to seem more “inclusive” is undercut by what their own party is doing.
My last post was a reblogging of a post from last year, where I suggested some tips for the Republican Party to move forward. A few other recent ones have dealt with their “Growth &Opportunity Project” document. I’m not the only one who has been digging around through it, and analyzing it, and some of what they’ve pointed out, along with comments here, have led me to decide to suggest some additional “tips” for the Republicans.
In looking through the Republican plan, a number of things kept striking me. One of them is that there were so many assumptions built into their statements.
Republican governors are America’s reformers in chief. They continue to deliver on conservative promises of reducing the size of government while making people’s lives better. They routinely win a much larger share of the minority vote than GOP presidential candidates, demonstrating an appeal that goes beyond the base of the Party.