Well, I am not talking about some Star Wars flick here (I have not seen a single Star Wars movie in my life so far). I am talking about the Republican Party.
After the recent loss in the Presidential elections, the party also lost its slender minority in the Senate. In the 100 Senate seats, the Republican Party had held 49 seats, but now holds only 40 seats (Additionally, 2 seats are facing a recount and 1 is facing a re-election). It also lost heavily in the House of Representatives (equivalent to our Lok Sabha). This has certainly led the party to think: "What went wrong? Did we deserve to lose this way? Is this the start of a new Democratic re-alignment for the
The Republican governors all over the
All of them are young people, who are raring to take control of a torn party. They all agree that the party needs to change. Bobby Jindal also looks set to run for President some time soon, mostly in 2012 or 2016. Just read this article on how what the party needs to do to change - Click for "The Hindu". The way he speaks reminds me of the speeches of Obama, only more concrete and practical.
Also, Tim Pawlenty said clearly: "The Republican Party is going to need a lot more than just a comb-over in my opinion. Reagan was president a long time ago." He said that the party must look towards working for 2010, when 36 gubernatorial seats will be up for grabs. Currently, a slight majority of those seats are held by Democrats (Source Link). "The country is changing culturally, demographically, technologically, economically and the like. And the Republican Party isn't changing in a way that reflects those major or macro changes across the country". He was very clear - The safe Republican states where Obama won this year are not safe anymore. (Source Link)
At the meeting, two trains of thought came forward on how to change the party for the better. The first was that Republicans need to broaden their voter base just like they did in 2004 and like the Democrats in 2008. Mr. Crist mentioned that in
The second train of thought called for the party to return to its conservative roots. Mark Sanford (
Even Tim Pawlenty agrees to this and says that "modernizing" the party doesn't mean the GOP needs to surrender conservative values. "We can be both conservative and modern." (Source Link). Even I reckon that the party must return to its roots. The last few decades of rule have made the party a bit nostalgic. everyone looks back at the Reagan era - He's already dead and he is not the President anymore. You cannot bank on your old victories. The Democrats learned the art of winning fast enough. Obama ran an excellent campaign - no one can deny that.