Originally posted by Justin Oldham
Well now, I'm glad to see you all here again. For the sake of discussion, how do you all think the Republicans can overcome their handicaps? Don
and a few of us have been kicking this around for a while now, so be precise. If you could give advice to the GOP, what would it be?
A while ago I put my money on McCain, but he has basically screwed up any chance he had. He actually went from the front runner to out of the race in
a very short period of time. Even though I had some personal short comings with his temper, he would have pleased a large chunk of the middle across
Giuliani has some great ideas, and if he did become the republican pick I would vote for him, but I would not be totally happy, and I do not think he
can win. I’m a governor type of guy, and mayor of NY is close, but for every idea that I like about this guy there is one I do not like.
At first I put little interest in Romney, but the more I see him and read about him the more I like him. Being a successful republican governor in the
state where Kennedy comes from is like super in my books and shows me he can look good to both sides.
I also have not read or heard anything about his views that I didn’t like. I think this guy has the best chance right now of going all the way, and
possibly do a good job.
Ok back to your question. The republicans will need to be firm on 4 major issues of health care, the war, the border, and diplomacy, that is it, and
so very simple.
Health Care: They need to prove how private health care is leaps and bounds better than socialized medicine. Romney has a successful program in his
state, so he can fall back on how it worked for him as a governor, big plus. Big negative for Democrats is socialized medicine really doesn’t work
that well throughout the world i.e. poor service and huge taxes. To show that EVERYONE can have health care coverage under a private health care
program at a huge cost savings would be a torpedo in the democratic battleship.
The War: They need to get a good exit plan going, plain and simple, that the majority of America sees as doable with an end state.
The Border: The American people want control of it but both parties just can’t figure it out. If the Republicans would push hard to secure both
borders with an alien identification program and have a plan for the 12 million in the country already that doesn’t piss off every Mexican American,
but doesn’t offer easy citizenship they will win the election.
Diplomacy: After eight years of aggressiveness we need to back off and let the world play their hand out for the next eight years or so. This
doesn’t mean to get soft on terrorist but we need to refocus and I would shift it back to Afghanistan as my theater of operation and Northern Iraq
with the Kurd and let the rest of Iraq equalized in what every direction it may go. We also need to just let the UN, EU etc. no matter how ineffective
they may be handle world view on world matters and we take a more back seat to it all. Americans would welcome this change of pace and so it should
be a big factor for the Republicans to go in this direction.
[edit on 23-8-2007 by Xtrozero]