Saturday, January 25, 2014

Scheduling Alone Won't Help The Republicans

The Republican National Committee is striving to eliminate before it starts the self-destruct mode that has become their hallmark in primaries.

Tightening up their primary schedule and holding an early convention seems to me they're putting the cart before the horse.  First they need to decide on where they want to country and how they intend to get there.  Then they have to decide if the big tent is really for them or like Governor Cuomo, declare that there is no place in the party for certain types.  This is the tricky part.

Just who has the responsibility to bring the Tea Party and the main streamers together has been and seems to still be the biggest of their hurdles.  Sure, fewer debates may keep the candidates from destroying one another - or will it? If there is no consensus as to what the party stands for, a one week debate schedule and primary season will do no good. They're going to have to decide whether or not the social issues should get the same amount of play as things like the economy and foreign policy.

Most of you know how I feel.  The economy, jobs, national security and foreign policy effects all of us as a nation.  That's what government is designed to to accommodate.  Social issues like gay marriage and abortion are very personal issues and do not dominate the scope of interests of many of us.  When those issues become the ones most discussed, those who feel it is not in the realm of governance are turned off and walk away from the process.

The Republicans need to create a strategy, too, to keep outside groups from making their issues for them.  The hijacked Tea Party can be thanked for why Harry Reid still leads the Senate.  If they're going to play in the Republican tent they need to abide with what the majority want; not their own interests to the exclusion of others.

They have a pretty good test case before them even before the convention hall doors close.  A Michigan Republican Party committeeman, Dave Agema, has been asked to resign due to disparaging comments about American Muslims and the homosexual lifestyle. He gave the usual response as to how things said had been distorted and taken out of context.  Perhaps, but then they all say the same thing.

However, when the top two officials of the National and Michigan party called for the resignation, there is probably a lot of truth to it.  It's not just some disgruntled locals in a power play.   Mr. Agema says he's drawn voters to the GOP.  Perhaps, but not enough of the kind that win elections, only disrupt the purpose of them.

Ideally the RNC would have criteria for removing officials from their positions if they do not adhere to the guidelines or by laws of the party.  Of course, it would help if they had some in the first place.


Margie's Musings said...

If politicians don't address social issues, nothing will be done about them.

If the government hadn't addressed the issue of civil rights, it would have been another 100 years without civil rights for minorities because prejudiced individuals have to learn to address these issues and sometimes they have to be MADE to address them by government action.

Otherwise hangings and setting dogs on children protesting a lack of equal rights would have continued indefinitely.

The government had to step in.

Betty said...

I feel that the Tea Party has simply ruined the Republican party. When those guys manage to get into office (far too often) they don't have a clue how to govern. All they want to do is tear down, with no idea what to replace the government with.