The Cycle | December 11, 2012
>>> for conservatives still reeling from the 2012 presidential election and wondering if there's a bright spot on the horizon, there's good news and bad news. the good news is establishment republicans have admitted there's a problems. the bad news is they don't yet understand there's a problem. the republican national committee has taken steps to figure out what went wrong by, well, doing what committees do best, appointing another committee to assess their own inefficiencies. as the saying goes a camel is a horse by committee. forget the committee. just stick to the following new rules courtesy of me. number one, democrats aren't the visigoths. i didn't become a conservative because someone convinced me liberals were terrible people. conservatism has an uplifting message we need to promote at every opportunity and smile more. voters will be far less terrified of us if we don't look like we want to eat their children.
>> good idea.
>> number two, don't endorse stupid. the todd akins of the party won'ted coddled, explained, or funded. strong opinions on abortion, gay marriage and other social issues are welcome but junk science is not. number three, get out of the beltway. the same voices have been crafting party messages for decades and what worked years ago may not work today. consider unorthodox ideas, unless they're newt gingrichs. number four, do not malign aggrieved parties. minorities, gays, immigrants, and anyone else who didn't vote for us this year isn't the enemy. calling them ignorant and lazy probably won't endear them to us. show them how conservative ideas can make their lives better, not how they are making our lives worse. and number five, unicorns aren't real but bipartisanship is. treating agreement like it's a mythical creature is an opportunity squandered. we should look for bipartisan sole lutions for poverty, education, and imoperation. solving problems is the point of politics. politics itself is not. this isn't to say the democrats are innocent. they fearmonger, race baited, and lied at times. this isn't to say there aren't valuable voices inside the gop, there are, but the party apparat apparatus that's overseen the last two presidential elections clearly doesn't get it anymore. it's time for new blood and a new way forward. let's hope the rnc's new committee is willing to take a good hard look at itself. if not, some of my friends and i will tell them, we