November 28th, 2007
12:31 PM ET
10 years ago

Which direction will the GOP go?

CNN's John King takes a look at the different directions the GOP may take in 2008

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Following the 2006 election losses, CNN's John King reports the Republican Party is at a crossroads.

Filed under: Florida • Politics • South Carolina
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. D. Endo, Honolulu HI

    For all the deceipt, lies, corruption and death that is the legacy of the Republican Party I think the band AC/DC said it best, they're on a "Highway to Hell."

    November 28, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. theliberated

    The GOP platform has always been less federal govenment involvement whenever possible. Socialism and Communism are top down social structures that always favor the top by restricting the bottom..

    November 28, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Rachel Farer, Newark, DE

    The Euro is poised to replace the dollar in most international transactions. We have to get spending under control before we do anything else, and we cannot do it will leaving ourselves defenseless while trying to manage an overseas empire in 120+ countries. I hope the Republican Party returns to the Constitution and American values. I've already given up on the Democrats. Guiliani might make a good President of France, but his national ID is anathema to American values.

    November 28, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. T. Tim, Lodi, WI

    "Which direction will the GOP go?" How about out the door. They've wreaked enough havoc in these
    past two administrations. Sayonara time!

    November 28, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Jon B Olathe KS

    Back to POLITICAL conservative values...

    Back to the CONSTITUTION!

    Ron Paul is the GOP & the Country's last & best hope for the future.

    November 28, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. John

    Everyone in the Republican party could run for president. Doesn't matter to me, as I will never vote for a republican again.

    November 28, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. MS Johnson City, TN

    If GOP has any sense, it would go with Ron Paul

    The voters in the 1st District TN are sensible. That's why he is winning here!

    November 28, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Which direction will the GOP go?

    Try, "down."

    You have people like George Bush, Alberto Gonzalez, Denny Hastert, Senators Craig and Foley to thank for the next four years (at least)of Democratic rule.

    The only thing for which the GOP can hope is that the Dems screw up enough to make the people want to change in 2012. The Republicans, however, will have to field candidates that are more representative of the American people, unlike the bozos that are running in 2008.

    November 28, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Which direction will the GOP go?

    Uh, how about back to it's roots? It's CONSERVATIVE roots.

    Reagan would roll in his grave if he actually saw the lot of big-spending, big-government clowns who were bounced out of office in 2006.

    When Republicans run on their Conservative principles, they cannot be beat. When they start acting like Democrats, they get their hat, coat and posterior handed to them. And rightfully so.

    When the current "Republicans" are replaced with Goldwater and Reagan Conservatives, we might just have a shot again. But until that happens, hang on to your wallet... because a Hillary Administration (with a veto-proof majority in Congress) is going to be a blood bath on the American Tax Payer.

    My prediction: if Senator Clinton is elected President, and she gets a veto-proof majority in both houses of Congress, get ready to start singing Jimmy Carter's greatest hits of 1979 (double-digit inflation, double-digit interest rates, double-digit unemployment; "stag-flation," misery index and income tax rates out the roof).

    November 28, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Andrew, Sugar Land, TX


    November 28, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Frank, San Diego, CA

    The most amusing element of this debate is the "back to conservative basics" nonsense. Republicans aren't for smaller government and haven't been for decades.

    Remember, the sainted Ronald Reagan introduced more spending proposals during his administration than the "big spending" Democratic Congress actually approved and he ran huge deficits in the process. But it took a Republican Congress AND President to set a new standard for fiscal irresponsibility. On the other hand, it took a Democrat to balance the budget.

    The difference between Republicans and Democrats isn't how much money they want to spend. The difference is what they want to spend money on and whether they plan to pay as they go or borrow from foreign investors.

    November 28, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    The Good old party should defend its impact on the nation as part of the party method verses an independent national unity. Debate that.

    November 28, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Mike, CA

    If Eric's fears about a messed up economy come true, it won't be the fault of Hillary, or whoever else is elected. How is this country supposed to pay for the trillions of dollars in debt that King George has racked up by borrowing for his war while cutting taxes at the same time?

    The problem is that there's nowhere to cut the budget except to end the war. And anyone who tries to actually be responsible about it by rolling back Bush's tax cuts to pay off the debt or balance the budget is going to be accused of raising taxes. You can thank your current Republican leadership for the mess our kids will be living with.

    November 28, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Mark Comer Cumming, Georgia

    I also wonder which direction the democrats will take- Queen Hillary flip-flops on everything, every time she opens her mouth she contradicts her previous statement. Is that the example of leadership that we want for our country? OY VAY! If you think she's gonna help you, you're in for a raft of disappointment!

    November 28, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. Ron Nebraska

    Since the mantra, made famous by the conservatives great leader, Ronald Reagan is that 'government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem', it puzzles me why anyone would vote for a party whose vested interest in their ideology is to keep government dysfunctional. The neocons under Bush/Cheney have simply taken Reagans' disdain of government as a beneficial force for Americans and done everything in their power to raise that disdain to a whole new level. So again, why would anyone elect a conservative to a government they disdain?

    November 28, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Eric, from THE Republic of Texas ~ Reagan created some of the biggest deficits our country has known until this administration came along. As far as your double-digit examples from the Jimmy Carter days, they were primarily caused by the highest real prices for gas until this year.

    But I suppose we should keep sending billions more to Iraq until their government decides to get their act together, or to the dictator in Pakistan until he decides he'll listen to us, or to Mexico until they get rid of their drugs. Oh, and I'm sure another tax cut and bailing out the home loan industry will make this mess all go away.

    Yup, those Republicans sure know how to balance a budget with their WMD's (Waste and Mass Deficits)!

    November 28, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Scott, Madison, WI

    In keeping with recent trends, maybe the party should just GO DOWN a la
    Foley, Allen, Vitter and Craig just for starters.

    November 28, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Steven, WV

    The only place they have to go is DOWN!!

    November 28, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. Steve, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    The best way for the Republicans to keep losing is just get more conservativeand keep preaching how conservative you are.People are tired of so called less government conservatives sticking their nose in your bedrooms and freedom of choice. They seem to think they have the lock on "family values". That is a crock. The wealthy are getting wealthier and the rest of us keep getting screwed. Bush has never cared for working people and neither does his party.No one seems to admit now they voted for Bush. My taxes have went up since Bush has been in office and his party controlled the federal government most of that time. No way will I vote for any of them in 2008.They are toast and deserve to be. We don't need more right wingers in the Congress or on the Supreme Court. Got too many of them on both now.

    November 28, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |