Ingraham on how to fix the GOP

posted at 4:40 pm on November 11, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Laura Ingraham hits all the right notes in this segment from her guest-hosting gig at The O’Reilly Factor last night.  How does the Republican Party get off the mat after this election?  They need to get back to basics:

  • Charisma – Regardless of what one thinks of Barack Obama’s (lack of) experience, he became a leader that people wanted to follow … and then some.  If John McCain had run against John Kerry, he could have beaten him.  The Republicans have to find leadership that inspires.
  • Fundraising/grassroots/Internet use – These are the infrastructural changes that the Democrats made under Howard Dean and the GOP have neglected.  Best advice?  Hire Patrick Ruffini and Jon Henke to run that side of the house, if either will do it.  Their new effort, Rebuild the Party, speaks directly to this.
  • Staff unity – Anyone who kneecaps Sarah Palin, for instance, should expect to work in a different industry in the future.  Ronald Reagan called it the Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of your fellow Republicans.  Criticize policy, but no personal attacks.  A party prepared to govern would already know this.

I also agree that mindless bipartisanship is futile.  Voters will not elect Republicans who act like Democrats; they’ll just vote for the authentic Democrat instead.  However, notice that Laura never advises to start spouting insanities in an effort to out-do the nutcases on the Left.  Stick to the facts and never let up, and build the GOP into a rational, clear alternative to the statist policies of the Democrats over the next two years.


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If John McCain had run against John Kerry, he could have beaten him.

I’m not overly sure about that.

lorien1973 on November 11, 2008 at 4:42 PM

The election of Barack Hussein Obama was not political. It was cultural. This is the end result of years and years of dumbing down American education, feminizing boys, infantilizing adults, extending adolescence into the 30′s, and putting a tremendous focus on entertainment and distractions above all else. We have gotten soft. We value style over substance. Our Presidential election is now American Idol: White House Edition.

http://www.conservativestrongaarm.org/the-mission/

D0WNT0WN on November 11, 2008 at 4:42 PM

I am so tired of Laura’s act.

upstate on November 11, 2008 at 4:44 PM

This is why I am deeply in love with this woman.

leetpriest on November 11, 2008 at 4:44 PM

I’m not overly sure about that.

lorien1973 on November 11, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Kerry was a horrible candidate. McCain was bad, but Kerry was definitely worse.

Then again, the economy would have been a game changer no matter who the D was.

Esthier on November 11, 2008 at 4:45 PM

I am so tired of Laura’s act.

upstate on November 11, 2008 at 4:44 PM

She’s an incredible woman, perhaps you should read a book of hers.

leetpriest on November 11, 2008 at 4:45 PM

D0WNT0WN on November 11, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Listen: De Tocqueville was complaining in 1835 that the electorate has a lot of stupid people in it. This is true everywhere, and has been a real long time, because there is no ready solution to it. You can’t make people want to be smarter and more informed.

We’re conservatives. We work with reality to achieve our goals – not bitch about how things “should be different” and if they were, we’d win all the time. It’s why we’re happier :P We have no intention of changing people, but instead, working with them.

That needs to be the focus of the GOP.

apollyonbob on November 11, 2008 at 4:48 PM

The Republican message must be easily communicated. Our society has been trained to listen to 3 points and a joke or 2. This has to be part of the strategy: wording the message so that even a child could communicate it clearly.

1. Small goverment realizes the abilities and values of the individual, from the unborn to the oldest in society.

2. Strong defense both at home and abroad. Strong borders here and using technology to defend other nations from tyranny.

3. Lower taxes means lower prices, providing more spending/saving power to individuals.

AubieJon on November 11, 2008 at 4:51 PM

am so tired of Laura’s act.

upstate on November 11, 2008 at 4:44 PM

Then you should probably go back to listening to NPR.

AubieJon on November 11, 2008 at 4:52 PM

I listen to all of them, Hannity, Rush, Beck, O’Reilly, and Laura.

Laura is my favorite. She’s Sean Hannity’s solid conservatism without repeating the same thing over and over again.

She and Glenn Beck were also the only two I heard call for Palin for VP before he actually did it.

PastorJon on November 11, 2008 at 4:53 PM

michael savage!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blatantblue on November 11, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Notice what she said is structural, not philisophical.

Structure comes from the people inside the campaigns, and will change from time to time. Its nothing that can, or will, decide long term political viability.

I’m retired Navy, and it was instructive to transfer between commands. Same Navy Regs, same philosophy, and yet some Commands were backbiting nonfuntional organizations, while others worked superbly…. difference was the people.

The Republican party can’t really dictate the PEOPLE who will be involved, but they can get a coherent philosophy in place, and STICK TO IT.

I mean, can anyone tell me what the Bed Rock beliefs of the Republican Party are TODAY?

Small Government? Not over the last 8 years…
Free Enterprise? Not with the REPUBLICAN sponsored bailout..
Federalism? Nope…
Fiscal Conservatism? Uh uh…
Higher Ethical Standards? Alaska’s Senator rules that out…
Law and Order? Now with Illegal Alien Amnesty on the table..

Newt’s Contract with America worked because it was a simple statement of beliefs, that Politician’s signed onto and were SUPPOSED to follow…

Newt’s Contract failed when they stopped following that contract.

Romeo13 on November 11, 2008 at 4:54 PM

The election of Barack Hussein Obama was not political. It was cultural. This is the end result of years and years of dumbing down American education, feminizing boys, infantilizing adults, extending adolescence into the 30’s, and putting a tremendous focus on entertainment and distractions above all else. We have gotten soft. We value style over substance. Our Presidential election is now American Idol: White House Edition

And those people usually don’t go out to vote. Many of them only went out this time because it was SO COOL to do so. Once the charm has worn off, we’re in a deeper recession and they see what Obamessiah and the liberal loons in the House and Senate do to the country, Republicans will have a shot in 2012.

PastorJon on November 11, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Listen: De Tocqueville was complaining in 1835 that the electorate has a lot of stupid people in it. This is true everywhere, and has been a real long time, because there is no ready solution to it. You can’t make people want to be smarter and more informed.

We’re conservatives. We work with reality to achieve our goals – not bitch about how things “should be different” and if they were, we’d win all the time. It’s why we’re happier :P We have no intention of changing people, but instead, working with them.

That needs to be the focus of the GOP.

apollyonbob on November 11, 2008 at 4:48 PM

That does need to be the focus of the GOP. I agree, But the Right needs to be more than just the GOP. That’s the point. The Left does not win because of the Democrats. They win culturally.

D0WNT0WN on November 11, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Leets priest I actually agree ewith many of her ideas. I am sick of her radio show. If she couldn’t say the word “I” there would be silence.

I also can’t stand anyonne when they continue to not give thouhts and ideas but say ” they have to do this” or they have to do that”

McCain also invited her to go out on thee road and she kept saying just ask me and I will be there. He laughed and said I am asking come on out. Needless to say she never went but she never misses an event when she is being paid.

upstate on November 11, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Pretty trumps ugly; young tops old. Technology is here to stay. If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at a all.

Sheesh.

It’s come to this.

Bruno Strozek on November 11, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Don’t be surprised if Laura is involved in Palin’s 2012 run.

Firebird on November 11, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Listen: De Tocqueville was complaining in 1835 that the electorate has a lot of stupid people in it. This is true everywhere, and has been a real long time, because there is no ready solution to it. You can’t make people want to be smarter and more informed.

We’re conservatives. We work with reality to achieve our goals – not bitch about how things “should be different” and if they were, we’d win all the time. It’s why we’re happier :P We have no intention of changing people, but instead, working with them.

That needs to be the focus of the GOP.

apollyonbob on November 11, 2008 at 4:48 PM

That does need to be the focus of the GOP. I agree. But the Right needs to be more than the GOP. That’s the point. The Left does not win because of the Demcorats. They win culturally.

D0WNT0WN on November 11, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Part of the GOP effort needs to be in demanding Economic education in high school. If more people actually understood the basics of economics they would be less likely to support socialist policies.

DerKrieger on November 11, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Higher Ethical Standards? Alaska’s Senator rules that out…

Romeo13 on November 11, 2008 at 4:54 PM

I thought you were serious up to that point, you practical joker you.

AubieJon on November 11, 2008 at 4:57 PM

I also listen to most all of the conservative shows. Laura is fantastic!

Red State State of Mind on November 11, 2008 at 4:57 PM

we have to do something about the MSM

jp on November 11, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Part of the GOP effort needs to be in demanding Economic education in high school. If more people actually understood the basics of economics they would be less likely to support socialist policies.

DerKrieger on November 11, 2008 at 4:57 PM

YES! That’s what I’m talking about. But it has to go beyond the GOP demanding that. The Right needs to be reborn out of this. Not just the GOP. We have to win in spheres of life other than government.

D0WNT0WN on November 11, 2008 at 4:58 PM

What about purging the Repulican Party of all the RINOs and CINOs as a good start…………. and I mean purge!

1purge
Pronunciation: \ˈpərj\
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): purged; purg·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French purger, from Latin purigare, purgare to purify, purge, from purus pure + -igare (akin to agere to drive, do) — more at act
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 a: to clear of guilt b: to free from moral or ceremonial defilement
2 a: to cause evacuation from (as the bowels) b (1): to make free of something unwanted (2): to free (as a boiler) of sediment or relieve (as a steam pipe) of trapped air by bleeding c (1): to rid (as a nation or party) by a purge (2): to get rid of <the leaders had been purged>”

Seven Percent Solution on November 11, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Hmm, I think ways to “fix” what ails the Republican party that come out so soon after a drubbing are not necessarily the way to go. The “illness” has been coming for many years, and it may take some time to fully understand, and I believe that to fix things, there has to be a period of capitulation to shake things out. In the meantime though, a brief rebuttal:

1) It’s more than just leadership that inspires, it is ideas.

2) It is more than just using technology – it is understanding how your base uses it.

3) There are. PLENTY. Of reasons to speak ill of those that are traipsing around under the mantle of “Republican” these days. And as an aside, Sarah Palin kneecapped herself plenty good, no help required.

It took some time to get here, and once we truly figure out where we are, it is certainly going to take some time to get out.

Stev0 on November 11, 2008 at 4:59 PM

michael savage!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blatantblue on November 11, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Ugh no… I go back and forth on Savage. Either he is a liberal trying to make money by portraying what he thinks conservatives are all about or he is in serious need of medication.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2008 at 4:59 PM

And those people usually don’t go out to vote. Many of them only went out this time because it was SO COOL to do so. Once the charm has worn off, we’re in a deeper recession and they see what Obamessiah and the liberal loons in the House and Senate do to the country, Republicans will have a shot in 2012.

PastorJon on November 11, 2008 at 4:55 PM

One word: Michigan.

D0WNT0WN on November 11, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Michael Savage is Neal Bortz on Vallium.

AubieJon on November 11, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Laura is looking more and more like Barbara Billingsly.

mylegsareswollen on November 11, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Stick with candidates that can speak convincingly. Bush just lost his audience and could not persuade the country to follow his lead. We’ve gone from a television nation to a youtube nation and we have to adapt.

Palin really has a lot of work to do to convince the country that she is intelligent enough for people to respect her as their leader. 4 years is a long time, so she can do it, but she has a long way to go to recover from the damage done already.

pedestrian on November 11, 2008 at 5:02 PM

I thought you were serious up to that point, you practical joker you.

AubieJon on November 11, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Did I miss him being kicked out of the Caucus? Did I miss him resigning?

Romeo13 on November 11, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Part of the GOP effort needs to be in demanding Economic education in high school. If more people actually understood the basics of economics they would be less likely to support socialist policies.

DerKrieger on November 11, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Be careful what you ask for…

“And now children, today we are going to talk about the wonders of the Enlightened Socialist system… the one that helps the worker against that EVIL Capitalist…”

Romeo13 on November 11, 2008 at 5:09 PM

Stick with candidates that can speak convincingly. Bush just lost his audience and could not persuade the country to follow his lead. We’ve gone from a television nation to a youtube nation and we have to adapt.

Palin really has a lot of work to do to convince the country that she is intelligent enough for people to respect her as their leader. 4 years is a long time, so she can do it, but she has a long way to go to recover from the damage done already.

pedestrian on November 11, 2008 at 5:02 PM

The reason why Palin is still in the 2012 running is because she can communicate effectively. Her convention speech and debate performance were both very good. However, the McCain people really mishandled her and let her image get away from them.

Unfortunately, for us, there really isn’t anyone in the Republican party right now other than Palin who has that sort of great raw political talent. I think that communication is something that Jindal would be well-advised to work on if he wants to be a real contender in 2012/2016.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Did I miss him being kicked out of the Caucus? Did I miss him resigning?

Romeo13 on November 11, 2008 at 5:07 PM

If Stephens stepped down, the Democrat would have won it in a walk. He retains the seat and then hopefully steps down, meaning another election to fill his spot. I agree he’s been unethical, but I also belive he’s doing the right thing right now. If he refuses to step down, I’ll change my opinion.

AubieJon on November 11, 2008 at 5:12 PM

Maybe Laura should run for office. She would have my vote!

txstar on November 11, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Michael Savage is intolerable. It’s the same old self-aggrandizing yet whiny drivel every time. I don’t listen to conservative radio to hear about the host’s love of plants.

patriette on November 11, 2008 at 5:15 PM

As a Californian the first step in fixing the GOP would be to kick our Gov out of the party. Arnold is just as bad as Grey Davis was and has been nothing more than a two faced bufoon who turned on his party. He said he would never raise taxes which he now wants to do by 1 and a half cents on the dollor. He claimed he would only do the will of the voter and now is advising the Prop 8 opponents who lost to keep protesting an openly wants the courts to overturn the will of the voters. As long as the GOP has people like Arnold in the forefront of the party it is a doomed party.

Irvin88 on November 11, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Voters will not elect Republicans who act like Democrats; they’ll just vote for the authentic Democrat instead.

A conservative non-profit organization has completed a study that shows the liberal tsunami on Election Day 2008 was not because the country wanted to move radically to the left, but because voters wanted to punish Republicans for abandoning conservative principles.

Newt’s Contract with America worked because it was a simple statement of beliefs, that Politician’s signed onto and were SUPPOSED to follow…

Newt’s Contract failed when they stopped following that contract.

Romeo13 on November 11, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Exactly right.

davidk on November 11, 2008 at 5:20 PM

If Stephens stepped down, the Democrat would have won it in a walk. He retains the seat and then hopefully steps down, meaning another election to fill his spot. I agree he’s been unethical, but I also belive he’s doing the right thing right now. If he refuses to step down, I’ll change my opinion.

AubieJon on November 11, 2008 at 5:12 PM

He has already stated he does NOT intend to step down… but I don’t see the move to kick him from the Cacus.

Romeo13 on November 11, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Last night, Ed? Are you sure?

SoulGlo on November 11, 2008 at 5:22 PM

The most important thing we need to do is close the primaries. There will be plenty of tampering next time around.

AbaddonsReign on November 11, 2008 at 5:22 PM

She left out one thing- the dishonesty of the conservative media aka supporting Republicans when they are wrong on conservative principle.

Example: Laura Ingraham’s treatment of Sarah Palin.

1. She assures her national radio audience that Sarah is “one of us” on immigration policy.

2. She has an interview with Sarah and does not even ask her about it.

3. Sarah comes out for “comprehensive immigration reform” on Univision and Ingraham ignores it.

Thanks.

Valiant on November 11, 2008 at 5:23 PM

OMG. She’s absolutely right. It’s concise and to the point. Simple to understand. The old KISS theory. I’ve not been a huge fan of hers, but on this her organizational thoughts are correct. She is spot on. Go Laura. Another point. Juan Williams is also sounding better. Do I detect a not so fawning attitude with him? I hope so as he was the Kool-Aide drinker a week ago. It’s only been a week and it seems like a century.

BetseyRoss on November 11, 2008 at 5:24 PM

when she is being paid.

upstate on November 11, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Do you have a problem with capitalism?

Tennman on November 11, 2008 at 5:25 PM

If John McCain had run against John Kerry, he could have beaten him.

WHAT?! McCain accomplished exactly what he set out to do. Vindicate himself by getting the nomination and then getting beat like a rented mule so he could go down in history as giving the quintessential acceptance speech for the ages.

csdeven on November 11, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Michael Savage is not that bad! I listen to him everyday on the way home from work. He has had some interesting callers on his show with excellent and worthwhile information. I laugh when a liberal calls his show and tries to attack him, he hangs on up them with a bang!

txstar on November 11, 2008 at 5:33 PM

She left out, “And then, actually work for less government. Forget the ‘spending like drunk sailors’ routine you tried from 2000-2004 when we DID give you a majority.”

Wino on November 11, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Well said, AP, and Ms. Ingraham. The clear fact is that Obama, for all the favorables that worked for him, did not inspire much movement among the electorate. More people still identify as conservative, and Obama ran using a lot of conservative ideas.

An energized, upbeat, and FACTUAL platform of conservatism is a pretty consistent winner. McCain’s stump speech contained some elements of that; but I don’t think there was enough conservatism in his policy positions, and what was there wasn’t clear enough.

hawksruleva on November 11, 2008 at 5:37 PM

I didn’t think this was that great.

She’s saying what a lot of people here have been saying.

What I’m waiting for is a plan for implementation. I have a feel for what needs to be done but no idea of how to do it. Is there anyone out there that has solid, doable ideas of how to educate people on the benefits of conservativism?

JadeNYU on November 11, 2008 at 5:38 PM

…never let up…

That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

The Dems are in perpetual campaign mode.

Rs need to pound them every second for any D’s missteps.

“Branding” should be about branding the Ds with negative labels.

And, the Rs then present a forward-looking, coherent, conservative alternative.

mockmook on November 11, 2008 at 5:40 PM

She reserves her right to bitch

tomas on November 11, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Charisma is for prophets.
The GOP needs leaders.

They had something in Sarah Palin, but too much jealous and selfishness on the part of the GOP killed the chance to make real reform in the GOP to keep control of the white house and congress.

The first step is to admit you are wrong…

stefystef on November 11, 2008 at 5:46 PM

Laura is so right. Particularly in the area of communications. Ruffini would be excellent to head an RNC effort to build a communications platform that could bring the national debates to a local level. We hear all the time that Republicans in the NorthEast cannot run on the same issues as Republicans in the SouthEast and West. Poppycock.

The message of small government, outlining wasteful duplicative programs and those who benefit from the waste, is a simple blue print that is nonideological. It works in ANY region. Policy papers and specific programs which we recommend cutting would put Republicans back on offense.

Make it so.

Angry Dumbo on November 11, 2008 at 5:46 PM

Hey Aubie, that’s a pretty succinct list of conservative principles. I think you could do it in even fewer words, though. Conservatives believe:
That Americans will excel when given the opportunity;
The Constitution charges government to protect Americans from all governments, foreign and domestic.

hawksruleva on November 11, 2008 at 5:47 PM

And while they are at it, how about

1. Fighting Voter Fraud with a full time unit of the party that devotes all their energy to addressing this issue.

2. Re-Establishing a GOP presence on college campuses and giving greater assistance to YRs in their efforts to recruit the hearts and minds of younger voters.

Done That on November 11, 2008 at 5:47 PM

Michael Savage’s son owns Rockstar Energy Drink according to the interweb tubes. Rockstar Energy drink sponsors a whole slew of morally depraved people and activities. He’s a friggin hypocrite. Girls Gone Wild…anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Laura Ingraham stands by her beliefs and puts her name out front on every word. There is no comparison. She’s a little staid for me, but she does have her finger on the pulse of conservative Americans.

Savage reportedly has a past involving digital/rectal stimulation and responds to base impulses. Ingraham has a future involving cerebral cortex stimulation and responds to a higher calling.

You decide.

The Race Card on November 11, 2008 at 5:49 PM

That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

The Dems are in perpetual campaign mode.

Rs need to pound them every second for any D’s missteps.

“Branding” should be about branding the Ds with negative labels.

And, the Rs then present a forward-looking, coherent, conservative alternative.That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

The Dems are in perpetual campaign mode.

Rs need to pound them every second for any D’s missteps.

“Branding” should be about branding the Ds with negative labels.

And, the Rs then present a forward-looking, coherent, conservative alternative.

The Republicans of today are the Dems of the late 90s… lazy, too confident, not looking to the future…

Too much arrogance and not enough leadership in the GOP nowadays.

After the Dems lost to Bush TWICE and lost control of the Congress, they went into campaign mode to take over again.

The GOP took their eyes off the prize. You had too much baggage and pork. And let me say, as a former Democrat, soon-to-be Independent, John McCain could have been the transitional Republican to move the party into real solid ground.

Now, the GOP is faltering… the real mavericks were allow to be ripped by the Olbermanns and the Matthews out there. Next time, stand up for your candidates.

stefystef on November 11, 2008 at 5:50 PM

reportedly = rumors

rumors = legit sourcing (by contemporary standards)

The Race Card on November 11, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Hey JadeNYU: I think all of us need to get more involved in our local politics. We’re all drawn toward the big issues; but local school boards, city councils, and mayors have a lot of influence on how people see the government.

Generally, liberals do a great job of translating interest into activism. We need to do likewise – encourage conservatives in your community to get involved, and set an example. That’s as easy as going to your local government web site and seeing when they have meetings; and e-mailing your local Congressman.

hawksruleva on November 11, 2008 at 5:51 PM

LOVE LAURA! A little like Sarah, beauty with the b*lls to tell it like it is. Political correctness will be the end of us all, if we let it

ReaganConservative3 on November 11, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Ed-
I usually resent it when people tout their own resume when they defend a certain position, but allow me to break my own rule while I tell you you’re wrong…at least in part. First, I happen to know quite a bit about political psychology. Second, this is what you are wrong about: Condemning attitude extremity on the part of some conservatives (even if they are only being condemned for resorting to lying, etc.) is hindering the advancement of conservatism. Had all Americans shunned sites like dKos and demanded less MSM editorializing what I am about to advocate would not be necessary, but unfortunately it’s too late. There needs to be many, many more extreme conservatives before things can get better. Two important points: research shows attitude strength (including extremity) begets attitude strength (i.e. people with a certain attitude seek out others with similar attitudes and socializing with them makes their own attitudes more certain, extreme, accessible, etc.). Also, those with strong attitudes are more likely to act on those attitudes. What does this mean for the current situation? There needs to be parity between conservatives and liberals. If we “take the high road” and avoid parity, we will lose. Period! Nobody will like conservatives more if extremists are shuned amoung our own ranks, despite what you might think. The left is full of (literal) psychopaths who are out in the public for the world to see and it doesn’t hurt their cause. The more extreme a partisan gets, the more likely they are to donate, campaign for candidates, write letters to the editor, etc. We NEED our own dKos and HuffPo sites and ACORN and Soros sugardaddies and so on. Once parity has been achieved then we need to find ways to reduce the extremity on both sides (and ONLY on both sides otherwise once again the parity will be gone). Having us take the so-called “high road” forces us to fight with one hand tied behind our backs. Most of the lessening in attitude extremity will involve making demands of the media to get back to actual journalism (the media is the number one source for the increase in political attitude extremity due to the sensory nature of it coupled with constant exposure to extreme positions and arguments in defense of these positions making motivated cognitions and sustainment of existing attitudes much more common) although regular citizens will ba able to visit sites like civilpolitics.org as well. My advice: let those with extreme conservative attitudes have their fun. Leave them alone, they serve a purpose. Focus on making progress on other fronts.

davenp35 on November 11, 2008 at 5:52 PM

Do you think Laura would take a post with the RNC? What about Rush? These megaphones understand the message, they have existing platforms from which to speak, and could fundraise effortlessly.

Steele and Gingrich are not inspiring.

Angry Dumbo on November 11, 2008 at 5:54 PM

I am so tired of Laura’s act.

upstate on November 11, 2008 at 4:44 PM

It’s not an act, she’s just being herself, and doesn’t put on airs. But she IS off-the-chart bright.

I like Laura a lot; she’s a rock-solid conservative and her podcasts are great. She is unapologetically pro-life, and that’s important.

Maura on November 11, 2008 at 6:04 PM

Charisma is for prophets. The GOP needs leaders.

technopeasant on November 11, 2008 at 6:05 PM

We need our commentators and culture warriors like Laura to stay where they are and do what they are good at.

One thing I haven’t seen mentioned by any conservatives is that it is going to be perpetually difficult to get good conservative candidates in every state and Congressional district. Conservatives do not like government and getting them to run for office is hard. Getting them to spend a career moving up the political ladder is even harder. We all bitch about the RINOs, but the fact is that we will never achieve a majority in the House or Senate made up of all true conservatives, because (a) there aren’t 26 states whose electorates are truly conservative and will vote consistently for true conservative Senators and Governors; and because it’s a lot harder to run the government than it is to sit outside and throw bombs at it.

Hardcore conservatives who continue to do nothing but post comments on blogs about purging the RINOs are part of the problem, not the solution. Run for office yourself or find some people like you who will. Otherwise, shut up and quit complaining that the people who have the balls to run are not as conservative as you are.

rockmom on November 11, 2008 at 6:08 PM

Hardcore conservatives who continue to do nothing but post comments on blogs about purging the RINOs are part of the problem, not the solution. Run for office yourself or find some people like you who will. Otherwise, shut up and quit complaining that the people who have the balls to run are not as conservative as you are.

rockmom on November 11, 2008 at 6:08 PM

I finally agree with you on something! Know why Schwarzenegger is a good Governor? Because he’s the most conservative person of all the people who COULD get elected Governor of California! I would love it if we could force all RINOs out of the party, but it isn’t realistic and never will be as long as our top priorities do not include making the media more conservative and doing a better job of educating the public as to why conservative ideas are superior.

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Dear Conservative Friend,

My father wasn’t afraid to call evil what it was — and neither am I. He defeated the “Evil Empire” called the Soviet Union — but now we face a new “Evil Empire.” It’s called Socialism, and it’s taken over our once-free nation through the victories of Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

We MUST do this. Really — what choice do we have, except to fight back and WIN? As my father, President Ronald Reagan, once said, “We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow.”…

THEY LIED… THE GOP DIED.

Just look at One of the Thousands of Letters We Received!
Please tell Michael,

Back in 1990 Ron sent me a personal letter after I wrote to him with my concerns about the economy and the USSR threat of nuclear war. (I have since lost the letter). But the core of the letter was to direct me to build my life and business and the small details. To leave the big stuff to him and the really big stuff to God.

He touched my heart. I consider Ronald Reagan to me as a father and have loved him since. I cried myself to sleep the night I found out he had passed away. I also adore Nancy. She is such a true woman. I will do everything in my power to help you with this new campaign and direction.

Michael Reagan
Chairman
http://www.ReaganAction.com

Califemme on November 11, 2008 at 6:18 PM

Charisma is for prophets. The GOP needs leaders. Charisma is to aspiring politicians as conflict is to a best-selling novel. To deny that the GOP needs someone who has charisma would be foolhardy in this age of 24/7 cable TV, the internet and the blogosphere. However, charisma and adherence to conservative principle need not be mutually exclusive ideas.

technopeasant on November 11, 2008 at 6:19 PM

I’m not a huge fan of Laura’s show. I listen pretty regularly, but prefer some of the other conservative hosts. Having said that, I admire her greatly.
Seems to me I remember some years ago she was interviewing Rummy. I think it was just before the 2006 mid-terms, afterwhich he resigned. I think this was also when she was in the midst of her chemo for breast cancerand she was making the case that she felt the administration had done an abysmal job on the p.r. front on the War in Iraq. She practically begged him to put her in charge of the p.r. and he totally pooh-poohed her. I really think that would have been an incredible idea, and we might be looking at a very, very different landscape today if Rummy hadn’t dismissed her.
Also, the fact that she was in the middle of her aggressive treatment for cancer at the time speaks volumes about her patiotism. She has my utmost admiration, even if I don’t think her show is all that terrific.

Chewy the Lab on November 11, 2008 at 6:22 PM

Hardcore conservatives who continue to do nothing but post comments on blogs about purging the RINOs are part of the problem, not the solution. Run for office yourself or find some people like you who will. Otherwise, shut up and quit complaining that the people who have the balls to run are not as conservative as you are.

rockmom on November 11, 2008 at 6:08 PM

Agree with you 100%, unfortunately if they go through MY past records, it would ruin my family. Not that I’ve done anything illegal, and I look like a choir girl next to our president elect, but I guess I’m a coward, and there are certain things that I prefer not come to light.
However, if YOU run, I’ll support you 100%. Those who have no concerns about residing in glass houses have my deepest admiration.
The current environment of slash and burn the opposing candidate’s character (witness what they tried to do to Sarah)I believe is one of the reasons we don’t have a lot of good people running for public office.

Chewy the Lab on November 11, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Do you think Laura would take a post with the RNC? What about Rush? These megaphones understand the message, they have existing platforms from which to speak, and could fundraise effortlessly.

Steele and Gingrich are not inspiring.

Angry Dumbo on November 11, 2008 at 5:54 PM

I’d SWOON if they’d get Rush to be RNC chairman. Why can’t we get a communicator? It’s time to choose communicators to lead the way in getting our message out, and I don’t know of a better one. Lack of communication has been our downfall. We’ve depended on virtues alone to make us the convincing choice. Communication (granted, it was masking the true nature) of the Dems in the MSM was how we got out-gunned.

hoosiermama on November 11, 2008 at 6:35 PM

What’s with Barry’s phobia about looking into the camera? It gives me the willies.
Who needs O’Reilly when we have Laura? Maybe Glenn Beck and Laura will displace the ‘moderate’ thug. I can dream, but FNC is giving me nightmares.

Christine on November 11, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Leets priest I actually agree ewith many of her ideas. I am sick of her radio show. If she couldn’t say the word “I” there would be silence.

I also can’t stand anyonne when they continue to not give thouhts and ideas but say ” they have to do this” or they have to do that”

McCain also invited her to go out on thee road and she kept saying just ask me and I will be there. He laughed and said I am asking come on out. Needless to say she never went but she never misses an event when she is being paid.

upstate on November 11, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Here’s the thing. I understand where you’re coming from, and from a certain angle, I can understand why you’d say that. But, It’s her show, and her opinions we tune in to hear.

She says “we need to do this” simply because she used to work for Reagan and understands exactly how to get back on the track that President Reagan had us on.

She didn’t like McCain. She had to hold her nose and vote, which. She disagreed with him on a lot of character flaws, and poor legislation like McCain-Feingold and McCain-Kennedy, which was not reaching across the isle, it was jumping across, and bull-whipping your party until they caved. I don’t blame her, I wouldn’t have helped either.

By the way, her radio show, her O’Reilly fill-ins, her books, and her appearances are her career. This is her job, and in this economy, she’s just trying to make her way through life, just like you and I.

leetpriest on November 11, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Laura is great, but I miss Michelle Malkin. If both of them could have a show, and beat the cr*p out of a liberal every night…that would be worth watching.

right2bright on November 11, 2008 at 7:08 PM

leetpriest on November 11, 2008 at 6:46 PM

I agree with you on many points… Laura’s show = Laura’s opinions. But there is “one little, itty bitty, teensy weensy” point about Laura, and this comes from a devoted {former} listener… Has anyone noticed the intolerance she has towards people with differing opinions? I never had an issue with it, until my dear bf brought it up. Noticed it on several different occasions after that, though.

Case in point: Years ago, she was railing against the Bratz Dolls (aka sluts-r-us for little girls) and I was wholeheartedly in agreement, but she went on and on about it, and my dear bf said “she’s starting to sound as holy as the mullahs in the middle east”. Sure enough, I then heard her expound on tattoos and her prejudices regarding them the next day or two (I had no dog in that fight, as I am tattoo-free). Many listeners called in, a bunch of conservatives, and explained that they consider it “body art” much to her dismay. As I listened to them trying to convince her, it was apparent that noone was changing Laura’s mind, and that’s when it hit me: She is starting to sound as “holy as those mullahs”… There is no middle ground with her.

Now, as for conservatism, I believe there is NO middle ground. Strong military – Small government – Protecting life/human rights.

But all the other stuff? DEFINITELY lots of middle ground.

I’m all for Laura representing conservative values, but to be rail at people who buy Bratz dolls or have tattoos is NOT what we need her to get so “holy” for… just a thought.

Califemme on November 11, 2008 at 7:27 PM

I finally agree with you on something! Know why Schwarzenegger is a good Governor? Because he’s the most conservative person of all the people who COULD get elected Governor of California! I would love it if we could force all RINOs out of the party, but it isn’t realistic and never will be as long as our top priorities do not include making the media more conservative and doing a better job of educating the public as to why conservative ideas are superior.

davenp35 on November 11, 2008 at 6:14 PM

Excellent post. The RNC won the 2002 Congressional elections because of excellent candidate requirement. Rove went out of his way to convince some candidates to run for their specific seats. The Rs recruited well known personalities in the states to run. Now it seems that the Rs are more concerned about whether or not a candidate is a multi-millionaire who can fund its own campaign. The biggest example of this is the IL 11th, which went from being Hastert’s seat (and includes Dixon) to being represented by an odious anti-war Democrat because the R candidate was a multi-millionaire who failed to gain a nomination for statewide office three times.

The Republicans need to get back to their 2002 recruiting and get candidates who fit their pariticular districts/ states. This means tolerating “RINOs” who might support conservatives only 60% of the time vs. 100% of the time.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2008 at 7:33 PM

Everyone is ignoring the elephant in the room (or the lack of any elephants in the room). America is now effectively a three party nation. Democrats and Republicans have both suffered an attrition in registration, with the Republicans suffering the most. Independent voters now comprise a voting bloc with as much influence as Republican voters.

The good news for Republicans: with the Democrats controlling all three branches of government, more disaffected voters will abandon their Democratic registration.

The bad news for Republicans: they aren’t likely to join the Republicans, as they might have in the past.

Republicans have to ask themselves: why have so many people left the GOP behind? It’s not because Republicans weren’t conservative enough. The gauzy-eyed promises of a return to the first principles of conservatism will comfort what’s left of the base – the promise of better days behind us is the essence of conservatism, after all.

It wasn’t out of some disaffection with McCain’s moderation, either. McCain arguably had a better showing for Republicans than the drubbings they had taken two years ago in the Congressional elections.

I don’t know why, exactly. I think a good starting point would be to look at the popular voices of conservatism -

Rush Limbaugh. Bill O’Reilly. Ann Coulter. And now, Sarah Palin. Republicans have spent the years since Reagan left office cultivating the most shrill and the most polarizing evangelists for their vision. The Republicans have asked America to choose, in Bush’s words, whether it is with them or against them, with the predictable result that many Americans happily elected “against.”

Stick to the facts and never let up, and build the GOP into a rational, clear alternative to the statist policies of the Democrats over the next two years.

Rational being the key word. Republicans have positioned themselves as the anti-science, anti-intellectual party. It’s too bad Gingrich has so much ethical baggage from his terms in congress. He’s exactly the kind of spokesman that could win back Independents, because he can articulate the best ideas of conservatism without insulting everybody’s intelligence.

RightOFLeft on November 11, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Oh Ed what a horrific screencap of a beautiful woman.

carbon_footprint on November 11, 2008 at 8:05 PM

Not nominating future individuals for president who want to remake the world in America’s image and start wars on bogus pretexts might also be a good idea.

alex342 on November 11, 2008 at 8:07 PM

However, notice that Laura never advises to start spouting insanities in an effort to out-do the nutcases on the Left.

Ed, I think you’re projecting. The leftists went insane with their denunciations of Bush and the Iraq war, which prevented a real discussion about Bush’s policies from taking place among the right. Now that the left is in power mainstream conservatives think that anything beyond meekness would make them appear ultra-partisan and unreasonable. Obama wants to unite the U.S. under leftism, that is what his bipartisanism amounts to.

aengus on November 11, 2008 at 8:22 PM

Not nominating future individuals for president who want to remake the world in America’s image and start wars on bogus pretexts might also be a good idea.

alex342 on November 11, 2008 at 8:07 PM

Anti-war conservatives have never been given the time of the day. The famously vicious Frum article where he denounced them as something less than human is the gold standard in this regard. Republicans are mainly philisophically liberal which is why they will lay down lay down with the left even as they savagely attack anyone to their right. John McCain is the standard-bearer and, at least for the moment, no conservative blogger dare venture to the right of his inane drivel.

aengus on November 11, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Voters will not elect Republicans who act like Democrats; they’ll just vote for the authentic Democrat instead.

Exactly Ed. My financial support for the “democrap lite” party has ended. Republicans no longer represent conservative interests. They keep giving us the Arlen Specter, John McCain types and then expect us to support them. Well, I’m a registered as “no party affiliation” now and will not return to the GOP nor waste my money on them. If a Conservative party pops up here in PA, I’ll happily join. My days as a republican are over.

Zorro on November 11, 2008 at 8:32 PM

as Reagan once said about the RINOs and hardcore moderates …. let them go their own way

joey24007 on November 11, 2008 at 8:34 PM

I am so tired of Laura’s act.

upstate on November 11, 2008 at 4:44 PM

I could not agree more.

KBird on November 11, 2008 at 9:30 PM

Michael Savage is not that bad! I listen to him everyday on the way home from work. He has had some interesting callers on his show with excellent and worthwhile information. I laugh when a liberal calls his show and tries to attack him, he hangs on up them with a bang!

txstar on November 11, 2008 at 5:33 PM

Granted, Savage can sometimes make some sense when he’s on his meds, but I have NEVER experienced ANYONE as consistently contemptible of their own audience. Someone called him a ‘Good American’ the other night and he had an absolute meltdown, screaming and then hanging up on the poor caller with the admonition, “Don’t ever call here again!” This poor schmo was probably a lifelong fan and listener, and because he happens to catch Savage at the wrong blood/sugar moment, he’s cast aside for a ten-second rating’s spike and to feed the good doctor’s own rampant megalomania.

I’ll listen on occasion, especially when the local Boston personality on the other channel just isn’t cutting it, but you would have to have Stockholm Syndrome to put up with this guy’s abuse on any regular basis…

CaptFlood on November 11, 2008 at 9:33 PM

The simple point is the GOP needs to return to conservatism — in all things.

If they can’t do that, and be proud of those principles, then the party is over…

eanax on November 11, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Hey Aubie, that’s a pretty succinct list of conservative principles. I think you could do it in even fewer words, though. Conservatives believe:
That Americans will excel when given the opportunity;
The Constitution charges government to protect Americans from all governments, foreign and domestic.

hawksruleva on November 11, 2008 at 5:47 PM

I agree. Let’s make sure to stress freedom and opportunity!

I think Americans need less government bullsh*t to prevent and punish your success.

I’m Dr. Bob and I approve this message.

Dr. Bob on November 11, 2008 at 10:19 PM

McCain’s bipartisan ship consisted of ripping into the GOP when ever possible (which, truthfully, was sometimes warranted) but if you are going to put yourself as the “maverick” that doesn’t mean turn a blind eye to the other side’s failings as an offering of peace. We need a GOP that will not sacrifice ideas for the sake of bipartisanship. How many times did the GOP bend for the sake of getting a return on their compromises, only to be shunned when the return was suppose to happen. Get back to basics – Smaller Government, less taxes, and figure out how to reclaim the misguided as to which party fought which battles. It still baffles me how the democrats claim to be the party for the minority and win… Lets start reviewing history, and if need be – start teaching!

TacomaNWTF on November 11, 2008 at 10:51 PM

It looks as though rebuildtheparty.com has been hit by some anti-Ron Paul spammers from the liberal “humor” site Wonkette…

Rangeley on November 11, 2008 at 11:01 PM

What about purging the Repulican Party of all the RINOs and CINOs as a good start…………. and I mean purge!

Sounds good in theory, but the reality is, in some states, RINOs are the best we can expect to get. For example, a Conservative has no shot in Vermont.

3. Sarah comes out for “comprehensive immigration reform” on Univision and Ingraham ignores it.

Sarah was the VP candidate, not the P candidate. Comprehensive immigration reform was McCain’s deal, not hers. As his VP, it’s not like she could come out with a position completely different from his. It was her job to support McCain’s agenda, not come up with her own. She can do that when she decides to run for president.

xblade on November 12, 2008 at 12:25 AM

Who exactly is going to be impacted by right wing extremism? Democrats, by and large, already think all Republicans are right wing demagogues and if they don’t that’s the way they’ll be framed by ratings hungry media people in an election. After 8 years of non-stop Bush hatred from the left, I can’t imagine why any Republican thinks there’s any value whatsoever in being civil. This election was stolen by Marxist ideologues through voter fraud and intimidation, media manipulation and a carefully crafted economic meltdown. True, these sound like the kind of allegations the left is famous for, but you can’t argue that they don’t have an impact on public perception. I further stipulate that we’re about ready to become a communist country and Republicans are worried about appearing composed. Didn’t anybody notice any of the reports about Republican rage? While I haven’t really seen much of it, you would think, by the reports, that Republicans were burning down buildings and beating up little old ladies. I think it’s time to get angry if you want to see less government in the future.

jakabok_botch on November 12, 2008 at 1:55 AM

The GOP/RNC needs to learn for once! WIN YOUR CONSERVATIVE BASE!
McCain courted illegal aliens who can’t legally vote. McCain IGNORED gun owners! McCain skipped Republican voting Ventura County CA to court far-left Santa Barbara County where he had NO chance of winning votes. Conservatives realized that both McCain and Obama would refuse to close the southern border and give illegal aliens amnesty so why should they bother voting?
Also, the GOP refused to run candidates in 9 congressional districts in California and gave little or NO support to GOP candidates in 12 others, WHY?
1. Elect a Conservative to run the RNC.
2. Court gun owners, REMEMBER, barely more than 2/3 of gun owners even bothered to vote and democrats and centrists own guns also.
3. Distance the RNC from La Raza! Hispanics vote conservative on most social issues anyway and if they support illegal immigration, they aren’t worth trying to win over.
4. Stop trying to out-left, the left, build a strong conservative platform and stick with it.
5. Cut the power off from the RINOs! L.Graham, C. Hagel, Arnie Schwartzenkennedy and their ilk need to learn their places, sitting in the corner with their mouths shut or riding donkeys with no support or funding.
6. Supporting conservative candidates to replace RINOs.
7. Teach the Black Community valid history, that the GOP is responsible for the Civil Rights Act and that their civil rights leaders were Republican (M.L.K.) or said voting for Democrats amounted to treason to the Black Race.
8. Stop forcing conservatives out of political races and FIGHT For YOUR CANDIDATES! (no more abandonment like J.D. Hayworth suffered)
9. Run a candidate in EVERY election, every district, every race.

nelsonknows on November 12, 2008 at 5:57 AM

First things first:

Lieberman needs to switch to the GOP.

McCain needs to switch to the dimorats, as does Schwartzennegger.

Lets get everyone on the appropriate teams before doing anything else.

ErinF on November 12, 2008 at 8:04 AM

I listen to all of them, Hannity, Rush, Beck, O’Reilly, and Laura.

Laura is my favorite. She’s Sean Hannity’s solid conservatism without repeating the same thing over and over again.

She and Glenn Beck were also the only two I heard call for Palin for VP before he actually did it.

PastorJon on November 11, 2008 at 4:53 PM

I like Laura. Smart, smokin hot.
but she does annoy me a little more than the others tho for reasons I wont go into right now. As far as shows and hosts, my favorites are:

1) Michael Medved (awesome!)
2) Dennis Prager (AWESOME!)
3) Hugh Hewitt (awesome)
4) Larry Elder (awesome awesome)

I tend to like the ones that are a little more DEBATE oriented. Rush and Hannity arent so much. But the do have great shows.

Handel on November 12, 2008 at 10:33 AM

First things first:

Lieberman needs to switch to the GOP.

McCain needs to switch to the dimorats, as does Schwartzennegger.

Lets get everyone on the appropriate teams before doing anything else.

ErinF on November 12, 2008 at 8:04 AM

Liebs needs to stay a democrat and CACA with us.
that will really make the left pee themselves.

Handel on November 12, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Oh, plah-leeeze, Laura. I like you, but we really can’t trust what you say when you don’t even follow your own advice. How does a Christian push liberal Romney on us? I think back to Iowa when grass roots conservatives started getting exicted about somebody. You wrote a book called ‘power to the people,’ it must mean kind of people, the Republican elite, cuz you sure missed the boat on Huckabee.

apacalyps on November 12, 2008 at 1:54 PM

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