In today’s WSJ Peggy Noonan says what I’ve been thinking. In her sharp witted and insightful way, she lays out the current problem the Republican party faces. She summarizes…
Mr. Bush has squandered the hard-built paternity of 40 years. But so has the party, and so have its leaders. If they had pushed away for serious reasons, they could have separated the party’s fortunes from the president’s. This would have left a painfully broken party, but they wouldn’t be left with a ruined “brand,” as they all say, speaking the language of marketing. And they speak that language because they are marketers, not thinkers. Not serious about policy. Not serious about ideas. And not serious about leadership, only followership.”
One astute follower of all things political remarked this morning…
In this morning’s WSJ Noonan nails the sad state of the Republican Party and without saying so makes the case for a mew “Conservative Party” and for TERM LIMITS. But where is the leadership…….??????
The question remains though: Will this be another brief lapse in Republican credibility and power, or does it actually signify the beginning of the end?
Through a pragmatic lens it is hard to see the dissolution of the party, and for it to be replaced by some other. But I also know that conservatives will latch on to a party that speaks their language if one presents. And I know that the American public at large is, well, fickle. As evidenced by our popular culture, from overnight sales of the iPhone to $100M weekend movie sales, we can be collectively wow’d by the right message at the right time. The time is right, now we just need the right message carried by the right messenger. If that means re-embracing the Republican party with a new commitment to conservative principles or it means a new party altogether remains to be seen. One thing is certain, however. Without credible, articulate leadership, neither will happen.