There is lots of advice from the GOP chattering class of which Peggy Noonan is a charter member. Ms. Noonan writes today about the need for the party to have a "conversation" with itself....Everybody wants conversations these days.
There is a good point in Ms. Noonan's column about party orthodoxy enforced by talk show hosts and pledge makers. The lack of independence in the party that claims to have narrowly won independent voters in the lack election.
We saw that locally and nationally. Mitt Romney was what he appeared to be as Governor of Massachusetts, a centrist tolerant on social issues. In the big campaign he felt obliged to conform to what he wasn't....The true believers didn't trust him and the intermittent believers were unenthusiastic and in many cases stayed home (turnout among GOP core groups was lower than expected).
Locally, it was the same with Matt Doheny, the mini-me of Mitt in terms of occupation, and also one who lost by two to three points to a Democrat many were ambivalent about but more comfortable with because they thought he was more in the sensible center.
Mr. Doheny had to tow the line with pledges on taxes and an insistance he is pro-life and anti-gay marriage. He is pro choice and fairly agnostic on marriage, according to my observations. He was unable to claim a centrist mantle...His opponent did, plus Mr. Owens had the tail wind of a President who won the district by six points, something hard to overcome. He is now out of politics, but hopefully will find other ways to help the community.
I voted for Romney and Doheny because I was hoping they could address America's money problem. I had to hold my nose at their purported position on other issues, rationalizing my vote by figuring they didn't really mean what they were saying.
The North Country Congressional seat is now Democratic and the GOP prospects for 2016 are clouded by a current cast of characters really not capable of winning nationally...Jindl,Christie,Rubio,Ryan ? No winners there. (not all is lost, the GOP lost PA to Mr. Obama but still holds 13 of 18 Congressional seats)
Here in NY, its really a lost cause for the GOP....Senator Gillibrand set the new gold standard for the Democratic statewide candidates in 2014...And you know what ? Cuomo, Schneiderman and DiNapoli are all capable of matching her 72%.
Noonan: Republicans Need to Talk - WSJ.com