Little Brother Has The Right Idea...............

Steven Laib stevenlaib at SBCGLOBAL.NET
Tue Dec 2 17:40:34 MST 2008

I have to agree with Jeb Bush.  Stick with the fundamentals, or what 
Laura Ingraham calls "first principles."  Then, using the shadow 
government idea, make a significant effort to hold the new 
administration's feet to the fire on every issue it can.  The fact the 
McCain was a poor communicator on so many issues made him a poor 
candidate from the word go.  We can't let that happen again. 

Grass roots organizing is also a good thing, but it must also enable 
people to get involved.  They must believe that they are playing a role 
in the system, and that people are listening to their ideas.  That's one 
way that Obama got the Acorn people behind him was to promise that they 
would set the agenda for his administration.  A promise he has now 
broken.  We must learn from this, that we must keep promises we make. 

So much for my 2 cents.

Steve L.

Ernie Lane wrote:
> John A. Quayle wrote:
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>>     *Jeb Bush to GOP: Don't Become 'Democrat-Lite'
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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 agenda.
>> 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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