The RI GOP is Not Alone! The NY GOP is Just as Bad
New leadership is needed. [Former New York Republican Chairman Bill Powers] summed up the keys to me after last week’s bloodbath: “You have to have a plan,” and “you have to believe”….The leadership of Rhode Island’s GOP certainly seems to flunk both of Mr. Powers’ tests: they’re not organized (contrary to State Chairwoman Pat Morgan’s frighteningly bizarre statement from this week’s Providence Phoenix that “the state party is really stronger and better than it has ever been”) and they don’t believe in anything that they are willing to talk about.
When the people who control the podium fail to make the case for GOP principles for nearly a decade running, don’t be surprised when voters, donors and activists are unpersuaded.
John Holmes, former state Republican chair, has recently suggested that the state Republican party should be focused on than lowering taxes and economic development. But those are platitudes. Anyone can run on those ideas. And anyone has. As Millard points out…
In this last election, [New York Democratic Governor-Elect Eliot Spitzer] espoused lower taxes and the reform of special-interest Albany.As the example of Mr. Spitzer shows, Northeast liberal Republicans need to stop looking to external boogeymen (i.e. Southern conservatives) to explain their failure and accept that their near-extinction in the political arena is the result of their failure to differentiate themselves from Northeastern liberal Democrats.