GOP: New Round of Soul-Searching

18 October 2013 |permalink | email article

Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty asked a key question: “What will it take to save the Republicans from the self-destructive impluses of the tea party movement.” Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) advised “I do thinkl we need stronger leadership, and there’s got to be some pushback on these guys.” Added another Mississippian, former Gov. Haley Barbour: They need to get back to substance. Some of the GOP’s leading figures sound as though they have all but given up on Washington.” Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee Chairman , said “The party writ large is discouraged with Washington.” The shutdown strategy failed, and left the Republicans with their lowest approval ratings in the history of polling on that subject. There’s no guarantee the Republicans won’t be back in January, in the same place when another funding bill will be needed.

Unapologetic figures like Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) have built a national following and fundraising base on the strength of their obstructionism. Former Alaska Gov, Sarah Palin, posted on her Facebook page: “We’re energized. We’re going to shake things up in 2014. Let’s start with Kentucky where Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell will not be endorsement by the tea party candidate—which happens to be awfully close to South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi.”



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