Little Brother Has The Right Idea...............
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Tue Dec 2 17:18:01 MST 2008
John A. Quayle wrote:
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> *Jeb Bush to GOP: Don't Become 'Democrat-Lite'
> Sunday, November 30, 2008 4:20 PM
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> Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tells Newsmax that the GOP must broaden its
> appeal to avoid becoming “the old white-guy party,” and recommends that
> Republicans create a “shadow government” to engage Democrats on
> important issues as the incoming Obama administration seeks to enact its
> In a wide-ranging interview with Newsmax, the popular former governor
> and younger brother of President George W. Bush said the 2008 election
> was neither “transformational” nor a landslide. For example, he noted
> that Barack Obama's significant fundraising advantage over John McCain
> played a key role in Democratic success this year.
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> Bush urged Republicans not to abandon their core conservative principles
> in favor of a "Democratic-lite" agenda. Still, the GOP does need to do
> some real soul-searching, he said.
> “If you take the [last] two election cycles, there’s real cause for
> concern, no question about it,” he said.
> There is good news for Republicans, Bush said: The United States remains
> “basically a center-right country.” He cited President-elect Barack
> Obama’s stance on taxes as an example.
> “Who would have thought the so-called liberal candidate would be the one
> advocating tax cuts, and attacking the Republican candidate for tax
> hikes which wasn’t true, but was effective when you consider he was
> outspending Sen. McCain by five to one.”
> Bush, considered one of the most successful governors in modern Florida
> history, gives Democrats kudos for their effectiveness in registering
> voters. That should be a lesson to the GOP, he said.
> “Go back to the blocking and tackling, and not assume that you can just
> pontificate,” said Bush, who frequently is mentioned as a top-tier GOP
> presidential prospect.
> “You’ve got to do the hard work. That means grass-roots organization. It
> means listening to the base of the party. It means voter registration.
> It means turn-out operations. It means recruiting candidates that look
> like the population we’re trying to attract to our cause. Those things
> seem to have waned in the last couple years.”
> Perhaps most importantly, Bush said, the party must confront the
> nation’s changing demographics.
> “We can’t ignore large segments of our population and expect to win,”
> Bush said. “We can’t be the ‘old white-guy’ party. It’s just not going
> to work, the demographics go against us in that regard.
> “Among Hispanic voters, I think we need to change the tone of the
> conversation as it relates to immigration. In Florida, we’ve not
> participated much in the chest pounding and the yelling and the
> screaming. I mean, it just drives me nuts when there are substantive
> policy differences that we can show mutual respect on, but the tone
> needs to change. And I think we need to recruit more candidates who
> share our values in the Hispanic community. In Florida we’ve done that.”
I think what the Republican Party needs to do is return to its
conservative roots, promote conservative policies and convince the
voters that these policies serve the interests of America as a whole.
It should not pander to any group to the detriment of others or to the
detriment of the country. Group members -- like Hispanics -- are not
expected to vote against their interests, but the Republican Party needs
to convince them that the interests of the country are their interests.
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