First off we have former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida saying it's time to leave the Reagan era behind. Jeb had this to say.......
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it's time for the Republican Party to give up its "nostalgia" for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election.
"You can't beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don't like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that," Mr. Bush said.
I wonder if what the other side had was the name George W Bush to run against for all ills imagined and real.
He followed up with this....
"From the conservative side, it's time for us to listen first, to learn a little bit, to upgrade our message a little bit, to not be nostalgic about the past because, you know, things do ebb and flow."
I hope on this listening tour they really do listen. With all due respect to the former Governor the reason why the Republicans got clobbered with Hope and Change was because another guy named Bush was the sitting President and was perceived to FUBAR everything up for the past 8 years.
Candidate Bush RAN on the Reagan mantra of tax cuts and LOWER spending. President Bush on the other hand did lower taxes but increased spending way beyond the increases of tax revenues and thus caused some pretty healthy deficits. He spent like a democrat and the people decided why not just elect a democrat.
I really don't get what the hell these party leaders are looking at. John Mccain was a MODERATE Republican on most issues. He was WIPED off the face of the electoral map. When one of these Guys can win a 1984 LANDSLIDE type election like Reagan did I will put stock in forgetting the principals that Reagan stood for, until than stop with this forget Reagan talk.
To read the rest of the wisdom of the party elders clickhere
Sen Arlen Specter pops on on the weakest of the Sunday talk shows now to blow these bubbles of wisdom at David Gregory on the state of the Republican party.....
“There’s more than being reelected here. There’s the factor of principle. The Republican Party has gone far to the right since I joined it under Reagan’s big tent. … In recent times, I have diverged materially from the Republican line … As the picture has evolved, I felt a lot more comfortable — as a matter of principle — with Democrats than Republicans.”
President Reagan had a " BIG TENT"? My Lord, from what I remember of what the democrats and libs like Specter used to say about Reagan he was the cause of every damn ill the world had ever known. AIDS, CANCER, HOMELESSNESS, that big mark on Mikael Gorbachev head.
This of course is just a smoke screen, he was gonna get his ASS handed to him in the GOP primary and his self worth only is validated if he is a Senator.He had to switch parties for a shot at retaining the only thing that matters to him. How pathetic!!!! If he was anywhere near as honorable as he says he is why not resign the seat ala Phil Graham from Texas in 1983 and run again as a democrat?
Because this man has not a shred of decency left in him. I really hope the people of Pennsylvania throw this spineless fool out on his ear and that he may spend the rest of his days pondering all the havoc he has brought upon this country he so claims to love.
To read the rest of this patty cake love fest on Meet The Press today clickright here