January 7th, 2009
09:34 AM ET
11 years ago

Analysis: GOP revival hangs on party's next leader

Mike Duncan, the current RNC chairman, is fighting to stay despite GOP election losses.

Mike Duncan, the current RNC chairman, is fighting to stay despite GOP election losses.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A fresh, invigorating appeal to voters. That's the challenge Republicans face as they set out to pick a new leader for a party driven into the wilderness after a disappointing 2008 general election.

But which candidate's philosophy will convince the party faithful of a revival? Some say whomever can embrace new approaches employed by Democrats this year will not only win out but will bring the party back to a majority in government.

On Monday, six candidates for the position discussed the future of the party at a televised debate at the National Press Club in Washington hosted by Grover Norquist's group, Americans for Tax Reform.

The ultimate winner will be decided by the 168 Republican National Committee members at the annual winter meeting January 20.

Republicans, however, will need to realize they are going to be in the wilderness for a while, according to Ed Rollins, a longtime GOP strategist.

"The country needs an opposition party, and you're it. Along with the Republican governors, you are going to have to cobble together the concepts and solutions that will attract voters back to our party," he said.

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  1. disgusted with libs

    Every time I read a CNN post, it is just full of hateful, biased, evil, one-sided blasts at Bush and Repubs and "conservatives" and christians and "neo-cons" and on and on. You libs are just doing the same thing you're complaining about in reverse. The party is dead? Oh really.... you want to live in a country where only one party has all the power....really???....how's that worked out elsewhere? Pretty good? That's really what you want? Take a moment and think through your hatred for just a minute. You will soon learn that all the world's evils are not at the feet of Bush or the repubs. We as Americans are all in it together. We have the "RIGHT" to have different opinions...without fear of haters.

    And now the corruption will continue to come to light in the Democratic party, but that will be ok to everybody...cause that's change they can believe in. At least it will be all out in the open.

    You people are really ignorant enough to think that all the rich people are part of the Republican party. Then how does that fly with the argument I see over and over that all the ignorant people are in the republican party, and the all christians in the world are ignorant and hate-mongers and on the hard-right of the party??? You can't spin it however it's convenient at the time.

    I've even read a post that all repub posts should be banished back to Foxnews....really open minded there. Top notch liberalism at it's best. So much more open and welcoming.

    January 7, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Clara Hinman

    A news reporter on CNN just said, "He just got lucky, huh?" concerning Joe Biden's remark that there may be an international incident when Obama takes office. Will she continue to work for CNN? 11:20 Eastern Time Jan. 7, 2009

    January 7, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Mary

    All the RNC needs to do is listen to the PEOPLE. That is who they are suppose to be representing. I believe this is where they have gone wrong.

    January 7, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Scot

    Hey disgusted with libs

    Kiss your gun, pray to Jesus and Simmer Down... OK

    January 7, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. J.P..

    "GOP revival hangs on party's next leader"

    No, it doesn't.

    "GOP revival" hangs on "republicans" stop acting like liberals to get votes. If I wanted a big spending liberal, I'd have voted for Gore (did you hear that Dumb-ya?). If I wanted a big-spending wishy-washy, linguini-spined liberal, I'd have voted for Barry (did you hear that McCain?).

    CONSERVATISM wins every time it's tried. Problem is, "republicans" refuse to be conservative, because they're too afraid of what liberals will say about them on the fancy-pants Washington cocktail party circuit. It's time "republicans" actually grow a pair, for a change, and remember who voted them into office... and WHY we voted them in office. It wasn't to attend fancy cocktail parties, and it certainly wasn't to spend like drunken democrats, either.

    January 7, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. I'm Not Missing The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    First up ... Stepping into the 21st century. This party's first mistake this election cycle was trying to "Palinize" the party led by a cheap imitation of a "Maverick" and pseudo-patriot.

    January 7, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. J.P..

    Wow. Daniel (below) said it best... Theodore Roosevelt.


    "The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life."
    -Theodore Roosevelt

    January 7, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. starzzguitar

    Hey, "Proud American", aren't you really a "Proud Frenchman Socialist"? But really, it might be time for a third party, call it the "Conservative Party". It's time to dump ALL of the Republicans In Name Only (Rhinos, closet Democrats like Arnold whats-his-name). Also, Obama won by only 54% or so of the vote, so almost half of America is not on board the Obama Express to Kumbaya. Obama did not win because of any of his ideas (what were they again?), he won solely because he was not George Bush, and Bush was not even on the ballot!

    January 7, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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