Mark McKinnon and Jon Henke get at the essence of our party’s problem:
Sure, there are plenty of Republicans mumbling the standard talking points, but few, if any, are capturing the public imagination.
That’s a problem. It’s not enough to argue that Democrats are wrong. If Republicans cannot express a compelling vision for America that actually persuades Americans that Republicans are right, then it’s hard to see how Republicans can recover.
As Glenn Reynolds who linked this might say, read the whole thing*; they put forward the names of several Republican who have, in the past, done a good job articulating the conservative message. Some of them may well be capable of capturing the public imagination.
While Obama’s message may have been little more than pablum, he did capture the imagination of a large segment of the population. As did Sarah Palin soon after John McCain tapped her as his running mate. It’s why, I believe, Democrats and the MSM were so eager to destroy her. They wanted to prevent a Republican, especially a Republican woman, who could connect with voters, from succeeding.
While poll after poll suggests that Americans are opposed the bulk of Obama’s ideas, Republican ideas resonate. But, people don’t vote for ideas (well, except on initiatives and referenda), they vote for candidates, hence the need to get some candidates out there who can make a compelling ccase for conservatism.
Once we do, not only will we recapture Congress, but we’ll win back the White House as well–and sooner than most people think. Just so long as articulate and charismastic conservatives step up to the plate and put their hats in the ring. (How’s that for mixing metaphors?)
*While you’re at it, make sure to check out Jon’s blog, The Next Right, a good source for ideas on rebuilding the GOP and recapturing the majority.