Thursday, November 13, 2008

Being on the Losing Side

Never in my years of following politics have I noticed that once a party has lost that its leadership immediately begin to regroup publicly, holding conferences, and publicly cruising together to discuss a comeback strategy. This to me seems ill-suited, especially when we have so many current crises to deal with right now. What about the country? They are not putting Country First.

Never have I heard of the losing ticket emerging merely a week later on talk shows and in the national media. Something smells terribly bad about this. We are not interested in these figures independently right now, nor are we presently interested in them politically in preparation for future presidential runs.

What we are most interested in is how we are going to get our economy back on the right track and bringing a responsible end to the Iraq war. This is what the losing side should be concentrating on. What they yet appear to be doing is putting themselves first and definitely not Country First.


John O'Leary said...

Perhaps it's too soon for the discussion BUT sooner or later the GOP has to decide if it's going to be a respectable big-tent party or a socio-religious cult. Of course it will benefit the Democrats if the Republicans take the latter road and marginalize themselves further, but there's something healthy about a real debate on economic principles, which a healthier GOP could enable.

judith ellis said...

I agree about the debate on economic principles. But it will need to include more than cutting taxes and a real discussion on what has caused such failed policies with no pretenses of what used to be. Perhaps while they're at it, the Republican Party can think about the sea of sameness that is not indicative of America.

I wonder if the public discussion about succession and the necessary change is what the focus should be. We have so many very real problems to address right now. The re-grouping I think could perhaps be private and unveiled over time in the upcoming administration.

Regarding marginalization, I think it's interesting that the Republicans seem to have done this to themselves. Usually, such is not the case; others are normally required.