Sen. McConnell Calls on GOP to Redefine Itself

Mitch McConnell talks to Ed Morrissey during the RNC

Mitch McConnell talks to Ed Morrissey during the RNC

Sen. McConnell Calls on GOP to Redefine Itself

“We’re all concerned about the fact that the very wealthy and the very poor, the most and least educated, and a majority of minority voters, seem to have more or less stopped paying attention to us,” McConnell will say, according to excerpts. “And we should be concerned that, as a result of all this, the Republican Party seems to be slipping into a position of being more of a regional party than a national one.”

“In politics, there’s a name for a regional party: it’s called a minority party,” he says. “And I didn’t sign up to be a member of a regional party. I know no one in this room did either. As Republicans, we know that commonsense conservative principles aren’t regional. But I think we have to admit that our sales job has been. And in my view, that needs to change.”

He adds later in the speech that “every so often, there comes a time when a political party has to reexamine itself. For Republicans, now is such a time.”

I’m only a lowly blogger who takes photos at the RNC, but here’s my suggestion:

Forget about “the very wealthy and the very poor, the most and least educated” and all that. Define clearly and concisely what Republicans stand for. Assertively convey that message by standing by your beliefs every day, in every way.

End the constant capitulation and pointless compromise. Stand for what you believe.

In the meantime, Red State has a message for McConnell.


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One Response to “Sen. McConnell Calls on GOP to Redefine Itself”

  1. expat Says:


    I do think Republicans need to think more about how they present their values. Sometimes I cringe when I hear conservatives talk about issues. Some (often the ones used as caricatures by the media) come across as mean spirited and holier than thou. The reason I support Republican opinions is because I think they are almost always better for individuals as well as society. So the point McConnell wants to make is that we should make more effort to say why our idea is better for you. From this angle, you can appeal to the poor by saying we want to take you out of victimhood, we want you to be able to make your own decisions about your life, we want you to respect your achievements and we too will respect them. We can also point out that we support all kinds of voluntary organizations that help out in times of need and give people a hand up.

    Contrast this with the Obama elite approach: Ivy Leaguers are better than Alaskan governors; hunting and religion are signs of insecurity. People make not feel the condescension just yet, but the will. Republicans need to be there with an alternative when they do.