Michael Gerson: Reinvigorating the GOP will take some imaginative leadership

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  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    June 21, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    We need someone with a vision, who is cheerful, optimistic and mindful of the little guy. Someone with the political courage to take positions that might not always be politically easy and to tell it like it is. Someone who is willing to work with opponents both inside and outside his party and is friendly with everyone.

    We need another Reagan. Easier said than done.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    June 20, 2013 5:05 p.m.

    The GOP will win again in big numbers, and the Democrats will be having this same argument in a few years. That's the way American politics have always been. Just wait and see Mr. Gerson.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    June 20, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    Only "imaginative" leadership can save the GOP, i.e. a bigot who isn't bigoted. Yes, that does take some imagination to imagine.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    June 19, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    The problem with the GOP is basically that they take reasonable conservative ideas and ideology to unreasonable extremes.

    Lets abolish the IRS says Bachmann

    Lets shut down the EPA and the FDA and, er, there is another one too.

    No government program is acceptable and no tax rate is low enough.

    And the vocal base loves the wackiness and they force their potential candidates to espouse positions that are untenable to the moderates in both parties.

    Everything does not need to be extreme. It does not need to be all or nothing.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 19, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    Will this leadership be found among the screaming people in funny hats brandishing poorly written signs?

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    June 19, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    I agree with spring street in what a refreshing (and rarely articulated) essay this is.

    But given the facts of gerrymandering and how most GOP primaries are decided, I don’t see this happening until they lose a few more elections.

    Making this particularly maddening is how difficult gerrymandering has made it to lose the House, which provides a false sense of the just how broad their appeal truly is.

    But since the President holds veto power, and it is highly unlikely this current manifestation of the GOP will ever have a veto proof Senate majority, losing a few more presidential elections may just do the trick.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 19, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    "....There is one combination that makes this transformation work at a national level: a reform-minded Republican who has the sympathy of religious conservatives...."

    Gerson might be describing William Jennings Bryan. Three times the Democratic nominee for President and losing all three times, he nonetheless did more than anyone else to give the Democratic Party the social conscience that came to define the party in the 20th century. It sounds strange in our time to say that evangelicals were once part of the base of the Democratic Party but they were.

    The mistake Republicans have made is not in recognizing the religious right as key to their hopes for revitalization. It has been in letting them be the tail that wags the dog. Just ask John McCain or Mitt Romney.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 19, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    They have no Imagination, they have ideals struck in stone, now an epitaph.
    You don't have to Imagine what has already been written, by their leaders (norquist) that's why they are conservatives, they conserve some original ideal of theirs, no matter how outdated, proven wrong or dangerous for America's middle class.

    I mean really, the last presidential election line up looked like a bad SNL skit, including Obama, he just looked less ridiculous than the other choices, and I think was still the best out of the group.

    The Republicans would do well to drop the neocon's and their teaparty cheer team.

    Definition for con
    In opposition or disagreement; against: debated the issue pro and con.
    1. An argument or opinion against something.
    2. One who holds an opposing opinion or view.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 19, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    What a refreshing article. It is nice to see some thoughts that go beyond the same old reframed of "we just got to get our message. Out," our candidate didn't sale it right," and it's the democrats and every one else. Keep speaking out please we need viable parties.