Debating the demise of the Republican Party
Posted by Sal on January 25, 2008
There has been much talk of the demise of the GOP in recent weeks. Rush Limbaugh has been making the case that if Huckabee or McCain are nominated, it will destroy the GOP. In an article today, Peggy Noonan states that the GOP is already in shambles, and it is because of George W. Bush.
On every domestic issue other than taxes and social issues, Bush has been somewhat of a disaster. In an effort to build a permanent Republican majority, he tilted left on issues such as education, spending, health care, immigration, and other such domestic issues. He was firm on the war, (almost to a fault in not sooner realizing that his war strategy wasn’t working and needed adjustment) terrorism, taxes, and judges (minus the Harriet Meyers debacle), but not so anywhere else. Were we conservatives too complainant during the early years of No Child Left Behind, the Prescription Drug bill, and massive increases in spending? Did we gloss over those issues because of our concern for National Security and the economy?
Bush’s strategy now seems to have backfired. We have lost the congress, and are in danger of losing the presidency as well. Even if we do win the Presidency, it will be with a weak quasi-Conservative or a media-pandering moderate. The party does not have the same unity of purpose anymore, it is too fractured. Is Bush to blame as Peggy suggests, or is it something else? What must the party do to return to its Conservative roots in the model of the era of Reagan? Who is out there who can lead the party back to Conservatism and into the next several decades?