First off, I extend my congratulations to President Obama and his supporters. It was a hard fought race for both sides, its over, and it is time for us to come together as Americans.
My predictions were way off. As of right now, this is a center-left country and probably will be until the Grand Old Party decides to become the Grand New Party. The GOP is a party destined for death in its current form.
I hope my party decides to modernize its positions with regards to: same-sex marriage, illegal immigration, and women’s reproductive rights. It is pointless to fight the culture wars right now – this is not the America of the 1970s and the Democrats have beaten us to the popular positions. We have to modernize our positions and make them more palpable to younger and minority voters. This is the end of the Solid South majority, those people are dying off and being replaced with a more technology-savvy, liberal youth and increasing minority/immigrant population.
- Ground games beats air waves always. The Democrat and President Obama had an exceptional ground game that gave them more paths to 270.
- Hispanics, minorities, and young voters voted in droves for the Democrats. The Republicans have to step their game up — we can’t keep being seen as the party of old white guys.
- There is ZERO reason we can’t elect a moderate Republican — but that Republican has to stay moderate. Romney tacked too far right in the primary (“severely conservative”) to get nominated. It isn’t going to work.
- WE HAVE TO STOP PURGING MODERATES FROM THE PARTY. We blew the Senate races because we fear moderates – guys like Akin and Mourdock should never have been nominated in the first place.
- We cannot be afraid to tackle the big ideas. I still commend guys like Paul Ryan who are willing to tell the truth and try to fix the problem. We have to be the party of ideas and solutions.
- Look at the ballot referendums – gay marriage passed, legalization of marijuana passed…The Democrats (and the Libertarians) have these positions, the Republicans don’t. Something has to change.
The world will keep spinning tomorrow. The sun will rise in the morning. We still have a lot of work to do to rebuild this country. This is the greatest country in the world, there is zero reason we can’t maintain that. And for the next four years, I get to work to modernize and make my party better. I will fight tooth and nail to continue being the party of low taxes, fiscal discipline, and less government. You may not like it, but the GOP has to become the party who wants LESS REGULATION IN YOUR PERSONAL LIVES. We don’t have to compromise our ideals or morals, but we have to make them appealing.
EDIT: After seeing Governor Romney’s concession speech, I am so proud to have voted for him. No one wishes for the destruction of this nation to advance our political agendas. This nation will endure because it always has – in 1800, in 1824, in 1865, in 1876, in 1912, in 1932, in 1945, in 1963, in 1965, in 2000, and now in 2012. We are stronger than political divisions because we share a common idea – the idea of America being the greatest country in the world.
I will pray for President Obama to succeed in a second term. Let our nation become strong again. It will take all of us to make it so.
*Side note: Wow. Big congratulations to Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay Senator. Clearing the way for someone like me to one day serve in the U.S. Senate. Proud to see my country breaking barriers.