Since Election Day, many people have posted articles, statuses and tweets, saying that the reason why Governor Romney lost was because he was not Conservative enough. They think that if a “Tea Party” candidate had won the GOP nomination then we would have won the election. And they think that in the coming years we must nominate more Conservative candidates and people who are not willing to “compromise”. They think that the Republican Party must transform itself into being more aligned with the Tea Party ideals in order to survive. They think that the Republican Party is Broken.
Friends, they could not be further from the truth. The truth is this: America is NOT a ‘right’ or ‘far right’ county; America is a ‘center right’ country that is closer to the ‘center’ than the ‘right’. American’s wants someone that represents the views of AMERICA, not the views of the extreme. Now, President Obama DOES represent the views of the ‘extreme left’, but he was able to convince America that Governor Romney represented the views of the ‘far right’. The Democratic Party spent weeks trying to convince the American public that Governor Romney condoned the idiotic statements made by Congressman Akin and Richard Murdock. Obama’s Campaign was very good at selling Governor Romney as an extremist and this was what ended up turning off voters in states like Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Wisconsin. In those five states Governor Romney did not lose because of the Hispanic or black vote. He lost because the Democratic Party used the extremes of the Republican Party against Governor Romney.
Now, I applaud and stand with the Tea Party for holding elected candidates responsible for their actions; I applaud and stand with them in their enthusiasm for fiscal responsibility; however, I do not applaud them for their other statements and actions. It is not the Republican Party that needs changed. What must change is that the Tea Party was allowed to dictate our message for so long and force so many irrational comments during the GOP Primary. What must change is the idea that it is their way or the highway. What must change is the idea that compromise is such a dirty word. That’s what needs to change.
We need to listen to the needs and desires of the various minority communities, instead of allowing extremist dictate to them what we will do for them. We need to approach them the same way President Bush did in 2000 and 2004, with love, compassion and, most of all, respect.
What ever happened to “Compassionate Conservatism”? What ever happened to common sense?
If the GOP wants to survive then we will go back to practicing those two things. If we don’t, if we continue to allow the Tea Party to tell us what to do and what to say, we will never survive.