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Monday, November 17, 2008

Seeing the Forrest through the Trees

KARL ROVE's 10 steps to finding 'A Way Out of the Wilderness':

1. Avoid mindless opposition.. ...
2. Be as comfortable talking about health care and education as national security and taxes. ...
3. Winning the war on terror is a matter of national survival. ...
4. Republicans must regain ground among critical voting groups. Voters ages 18–29 voted Democratic by a 2-to-1 margin. A market-oriented 'green' agenda that's true to our principles would help win them back. Hispanics dropped from 44 percent Republican in 2004 to 31 percent in 2008. The GOP won't be a majority party if it cedes the young or Hispanics to Democrats. Republicans must find a way to support secure borders, a guest-worker program and comprehensive immigration reform that strengthens citizenship, grows our economy and keeps America a welcoming nation. ... While the GOP's strength is in the suburbs, exurbs and small towns, it cannot surrender urban America, especially if it wants to win states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio and regain strength in New England.
5. For now, our party's face is our congressional leadership. ... Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner must put on center stage their most persuasive, compelling members: Richard Burr and Jon Kyl in the Senate, and Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, Mike Pence, Cathy McMorris, Peter Roskam and Kevin McCarthy in the House, for example. ...
6. Good candidates are essential. ...
7. Let every 2012 presidential prospect run free; there is no need to throttle anyone's candidacy. ... Gov. Sarah Palin will be held to a higher standard than she was during her nine-week vice presidential campaign; voters want to see if she can improve her game. She's smart, but it's unclear she can attract to Alaska advisers who will make her into a durable player on the national scene. Regardless, a consensus about who should be our next standard bearer should develop organically, not be forced by public intellectuals intent on smashing a candidacy this instant, as some are with Palin. ...
8. Anyone interested in 2012 must help in 2010. ...
9. Culture matters. Suggestions that we abandon social conservatism, including our pro-life agenda, should be ignored.
10. The GOP must master new media. ... [P]olitical fortunes can change quickly. In 1992, Bill Clinton stood atop the political world; in 1994, he stood defeated after Republicans took control of the House. We can't count on a replay of 1994, but we can take steps that will make 2010 a good year.'

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