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Newt: “Offer A Better Solution”

by David Winston

Echoing the argument expressed by David Winston in his piece in Roll Call from December 15th, former Speaker Newt Gingrich called for the RNC to support the President-elect when he is right and to “offer a better solution, instead of just opposing him” when he is wrong.   This letter comes as a response to a controversial RNC web advertisement that links Obama with the Blagojevich scandal in Illinois.  

The idea that the Republican Party can rebuild a favorable brand while engaging in attacks that are out of step with the real concerns of Americas is an idea that both Winston and now Gingrich say undermines the ability of the GOP to rebuild.   

Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic posts Gingrich’s statement here.

GOP, Rothenberg Should See Futility of Relying on Attacks

by David Winston

In his critique of my Dec. 2 column, my Roll Call colleague, Stuart Rothenberg, in essence, defended the Republican political status quo — an attack-based campaign doctrine that has failed both the party and its candidates, much to the delight of Democrats. If I were on the other side hoping for a permanent political majority, I’d encourage Republican operatives to keep doing what they’ve been doing for years, too. Clearly, the American people have moved on and want more from political leaders than negative campaigns and pork-barrel politics. To suggest, as he did, that “when your party’s reputation is in the toilet, trying to drive up your opponents’ negatives is one of the few things you can do,” is “simply wrong.” (more…)

A Modern Agenda Would Lead the GOP out of the Wilderness

by David Winston

After three weeks of explaining to disheartened Republicans exactly what happened on Nov. 4, I’m beginning to feel more like a grief counselor than a political analyst. In the days leading up to the presidential election, with poll numbers trending the wrong way, most Republicans were in a state of group denial — “This can’t be happening.”