I hate to say it, but I will. The Grand OLD Party is soooo over! As far as I’m concerned, the GOP has been a party run by too many rich old fat white guys for too long. It’s time for a revolution from within–kick out those in leadership who don’t get that we need to be more welcoming and actively promote our stars who aren’t in the rich old fat white guy club. It’s no secret that over the past twenty years or so, the GOP has been the party that promotes the person who paid his dues or who is simply next in line to be the standard-bearer for the party. That’s how Bob Dole, John McCain, and now Mitt Romney became our nominees and they all lost!
Let’s push the refresh button and choose a young bright star to lead our party. My pick (if it had to be today) is Senator Marco Rubio. It’s not too early to start planning for the next election. The Democrats certainly didn’t wait after their 2008 election victory. No sooner had the last voter left the booth than they set to work building a ground game for the next election, and it worked. They kicked our butts in Social Media (well not me–I can match all my Democrat friends on Twitter and Facebook hands down). They also understood the old Tip O’Neill adage that “all politics is local” by going into ALL neighborhoods and mining for every vote they could find.
In order to win in the future, the GOP needs to come to grips with the fact that being socially and culturally engaged is crucial. Those of us involved with politics will almost always vote for the party, but the average person will usually vote for the candidate they believe connects with and understands them at a more personal level. That’s exactly what happened in this election. Let’s face it. Obama has failed miserably as President the last four years. What he did successfully, however, is connect with independents, women, and Latinos who gave him a pass on his poor record because they thought he cared more about them than Romney who was painted as an out of touch plutocrat.
There are some in the old guard of the Republican Party who think we just need to double down now. In my opinion, they’re wrong. We won’t survive unless we understand how to connect with more Americans. If we don’t begin doing that, we’ll go the way of the Whig Party. In other words, we’ll be a DEAD party.
We lost in a big way with just about everyone other than rich old white guys. The time is now to lower the barricades, take down the velvet rope line, and make the VIP room into a dance floor. The country club mentality is old, stale, and wrong.
Let’s enjoy the holidays–think about what’s important–then get the Great Opportunity Party started!