Monday, December 8, 2008

What The GOP Needs To Do

Byron York recently published a piece on the National Review web site that deserves careful consideration. As you may know, the Republican Governors Association met in Miami. Here is York's assessment of that meeting; "after the GOP’s loss of the White House, the House, and the Senate, power in the party has now settled firmly among the nation’s 23 Republican governors. If you’re a Republican member of Congress, how much can you really get done? If you’re the Republican president, how many days do you have left? But if you’re a Republican governor — well, you're where the action is."

Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, said at that meeting Americans want “the kind of leadership that you see displayed by Republican governors — not necessarily what you see in Washington, D.C.”

The governors’ offices around the country are where political leadership will be discovered and tested, and where future national candidates will sharpen their governing skills. Republicans need to focus on 2009 and 2010, not the national election in 2012. There are 36 races in 2010, including Florida. Sarah Palin understands this, I hope. “Let the pundits go on with their idle talk about the next election, about what happens in 2012,” she said at the conference. “Our concern should be about our state’s next great reform, our next budget, our next opportunity to progress in the states that we serve, and on issues like taxes and energy and health care, immigration, education, we will not lack for opportunities to serve and to lead and to show the way.”

By the way, seventy six percent of Republicans in a recent Gallup poll say they’d like to see Governor Palin become “a major national political figure for many years to come”).
In my opinion, Palin is going to be very important in shaping the new GOP. And so is Rudy Giuliani, who many of you remember was my choice for President in this past election. He is likely to run for Governor of New York.

However, both Palin and Giuliani need to refrain from mistakes, and make careful contributions to reworking the party. And of course, they need to be excellent Governors. I wouldn't mind a Giuliani/Palin ticket in 2012. But its possible during this period of transition, even more viable candidates will surface. I'm looking forward to the next few years.

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