Saturday, November 10, 2012
Bright future for our liberty-loving brand of GOP?
by Clifford F. Thies While the President claims a mandate by reason of being re-elected with 50.4 percent of the vote, and in spite of the Republicans holding onto the U.S. House of Representatives, we could see a very bright future for the GOP? The Republican Party is shifting big our way. First, while we were unreserved in supporting Mitt Romney once he emerged as the prospective nominee of the Republican Party, his brand of moderate Republicanism didn't win. And, not only did he lose in the Presidential, but his disregard of the base cost us Senate seats in four Red states, and did not help us in any Purple or Blue states. As a result, the Democrats added to their majority in the U.S. Senate, as well as retained the White House. Second, the turnover within the Republican Party is decidedly libertarian and conservative. We are very happy to see Jeff Flake move up to the U.S. Senate, and to see many victories in Congressional races and in state and local races of Republican Liberty Caucus-endorsed candidates. Third, contrary to the claims of the liberal elites, our party is well-positioned for the future racial and ethnic diversity of the country in the places where we are strong. No, not so much in the midwest. I will grant that. But, in the south and southwest, and in the Rocky Mountain west, our party has a strong line-up of candidates reflecting the diversity of the country. True, at this time, we don't have the support we need to have from blacks and non-Cuban hispanics; and, our minority candidates - like Gov. Susanna Martinez and Gov. Bobby Jindal, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and Cong. Tim Scott - are mostly elected by white voters based on their policies and personal qualifications. But, their success within our party personifies our commitment to judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. Fourth, we have the prospect of monster gains in the upcoming midterms. I'm not going to make an economic forecast based on merely a couple days of post-election news, but the stock market has tanked, and layoff notices are everywhere. If the President does not work with the Republicans in Congress to find common ground (notice I didn't say compromise) so as to deal with the federal government's on-going fiscal crisis, the results could be devastating in terms of the economy and Democratic prospects in 2014. Fifth, and this is uber exciting, is the line-up of potential candidates we have for the next Presidential election. This year, the pickings were slim. But, just think about some of the potential candidates we have for 2016: Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio. For various reasons, they and others like them were not candidates this year. Yet, they represent mainstream conservative values both in terms of social and economic policy; and come from big, swing states; and, so, look to be ideal candidates four years out. Sixth, and finally, Joe Biden. Need I say more? BREAKING... Reaganite Republican reports that Allen West may actually be ahead in the vote count, albeit by a small margin of 195 vote. If true, this would result in a recount. I don't know if this change is due to the counting of the absentee ballots or to the correction of one or more of the "irregularities" noticed in the initial counting.