Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Republican Congressman Pence Advocates GOP Staying With Losing Formula

Republican Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana told Chris Wallace of Fox News that his party should continue focusing on "free markets...the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage." In other words, keep deregulating the financial industry, revoke Roe v. Wade and ban gay marriage. 

Pence also said that we shouldn't "draw any conclusions about a big realignment." This despite the fact that tremendous numbers of Hispanics, young people and independents flocked to the Democratic presidential ticket. In addition, the South, with its continued loyalty to the Republicans, is less influential in American politics than ever.

On the other hand, Florida Republican chairman Jim Greer is among those who feel that the GOP has concentrating on social issues to the point that they're losing voters whose focus is jobs, health care and education. "We can't be obsessed with issues that are not issues that are important to the American people," Greer said.

In the Republican battle between traditionalists like Pence and reformers like Greer, I believe that the latter has the more realistic view of how to appeal to the public. Not that I'm going to tell that to any Republicans.

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