OK, I’ve already said it on television on Red Blue Review and live on the air on SuperTalk radio, so now I’ll write it here – I was wrong.
I missed the election results badly. I thought until well into the night on Election Day that Mitt Romney was going to be elected. And I was wrong.
Now I’m being told by political analysts, experts and gurus – mostly from the left – that the reason Romney lost his bid for the White House and Republicans gave up two seats in the US Senate is because the nation has passed us by demographically, and we either have to move to the philosophical center or be relegated to permanent minority party status.
That bit of advice has been repeated so often in the past week and a half that it is already seared into the national consciousness in the same way, that, well, Democrats were said to be a party of the past after 1994, when Republicans swept to power in the Congress in Bill Clinton’s first term.
How quickly we forget.
Look, I completely agree with the premise that Republicans have done a poor job of explaining to voters why we believe our ideas are better for our families, for our country and for the world. But I flatly reject the notion that we should change our beliefs in order to make our message more palatable and our candidates more electable.
Instead, Republicans need to return to what we do best. We’ve allowed ourselves to be painted as the Party of “No,” and while “No” might be the right answer more than half the time where government ideas are concerned, adults like hearing “No” in the marketplace of ideas even less than our children do at home.
So, I’m about to start a new Campaign of “Yes” for Republicans.
Yes, to a persistent optimism about the future.
Yes, to more opportunity for young people embarking on their lives and careers.
Yes, to the turbo-charged growth of our economy fueled by the unfettered energies and imaginations of the American people.
And Yes, to greater personal freedom and less government regulation.
The Party of ‘Yes’
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