Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Republican Party of Virginia Needs A Change In Direction, Not Just Leadership

At a time when there's be a significant amount of discussion on the national level about who is the true leader of the national Republican Party and whether or not Michael Steele actually is doing a good job as chairman of the Republican National Committee, there appears to be a miniature version of that debate taking place right here in Virginia. As Bearing Drift is reporting with the documentation to back it up, Jeff Frederick has entered into a battle to keep his position to remain in his position as Chairman of the RPV.

By combining these struggles with the poor showing that the Republicans have had on both the local and national level over the last few years, it's safe to say that the Republican Party is now faced with a tough decision about what direction it should take. What's most interesting to me is that many of the insiders that are taking part in the debate don't seem to recognize that the Republican Party needs to change it's philosophy if it wants to regain majorities in any level of government.

While I've been organizing in Virginia the last few years I have heard time and time again from moderate Republicans how they feel alienated from the party as its leaders continue to insist on being the party of no and only promoting extreme stances on social issues. The fact that moderates are being alienated by the Republican Party has benefited Democratic candidates as many voters see that they are the ones who are promoting commonsense ideas that will move our country in the right direction. Perhaps more importantly in the minds of the general public, while some Republican leaders are hoping for President Obama to fail, the Democrats are listening to what the public has to say and promoting the productive ideas that they are asking for -- investing in our schools, making health care affordable, dealing with housing foreclosures, etc.

So while there has been a lot of coverage on the leadership struggles that the Republican Party has been having, I don't think there's been a lot of discussion about the party's true problem -- the fact that it's been alienating voters at a time when the Democrats are promoting good solutions. No matter who is in charge, the Republicans won't be able to turn around their party until the begin reaching out to the general public and actually listening to what is being said.

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