It certainly wasn’t just the horrendous pick of Sarah Palin as VP.
Although the knives are out – and being sharpened to stab her in the back. It wasn’t Sarah Palin who lost the GOP the election.
Yes – it was a surprise that she was picked – dumbed many, many of us. She was a bad choice, that is for sure, if fact a stupid one. But the person who made that choice was John McCain. So do you blame John McCain? The answer to that is a resounding no!
John McCain was fighting a battle that was almost impossible to win. Indeed he did get the vote out, a lot of people voted for him after all. But you have to scrape and scrape some more to see where it all went wrong.
Of course it was a culmination of things – all working against McCain. The one thing that comes pretty close to the top is Bush – America had had enough of Bush. But even now the GOP can’t see that. They are, as always, looking back. They cannot see why the American people voted against them, more so, why they voted FOR Barack Obama.
The GOP are, even now, looking at the mid-terms to wrest power back in Congress to stop Barack Obam from doing his job – and if that is all they are going to do when the mid-terms come, the GOP will lose even more seats.
Well – as I keep saying, the American people didn’t vote against McCain, they voted against Bush and FOR Obama! They do not want to go back to the days of Bush. The electorate spoke loudly, and they said, in no uncertain terms that they want change. So the GOP will have to change, not just spout the same Bush doctrine and policy. The American people are not stupid – they know that the GOP are wanting power back as the President-Elect gets ready to take office.
What the GOP should be scared of is simple – don’t rock the boat and work with Obama, yet they don’t even have a legitimate leader. Who can lead them away from the failed Bush policies that brought them this defeat?
It is a hard question to answer, but someone will emerge. But that person will have to bring the GOP back toward the centre, well away from the far-right that Reagan started to take them toward and Bush almost completed.
The GOP has a chance, now, to become the party that it once was – The Republican Party. We will have to wait and see if they take that chance now, or wait another 10 years – for that is how long it will take if they don’t get their act together quickly.
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