Disbelief and despair in the Republican Party
Talking Points 11/8
- Duration 3:21
- Date Nov 8, 2012
Talking Points 11/8
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Hi everyone I'm Laura -- in for Bill O'Reilly thanks for watching us tonight.
Disbelief and despair in the Republican Party that is -- subject of this evening's talking points memo.
Well since Mitt Romney lost an electoral landslide on Tuesday night I feel like I've become the chief psychologist for conservatives.
Voters who are young conservatives thinkers or young conservatives and the 1980s are now wondering whether all is lost.
Ann Coulter was on my radio show yesterday.
If Mitt Romney cannot win in this economy then the tipping point has been released we have more takers and makers and -- over.
My country but that is no longer -- interest -- -- conservative ideas that it is interest didn't hand out.
This frustration and injection is understandable.
And I like many conservatives thought Mitt Romney would pull out a victory and I like many Republicans am extremely disappointed.
The autopsy of what went wrong is -- -- there'll be conflicting opinions on the cause of death for the Romney campaign and all those senate races.
I think that Mitt Romney ran an overly cautious and defensive campaign which allow the other side to define him perhaps -- the exception being that first debate.
Some establishment Republican types say this requires the party however to be less conservative.
To be more moderate.
And it's no surprise that Democrats agree.
I find the exact depressed -- Conservatism one huge for the GOP in 2010.
And it beat back a union backed recall just recently in Wisconsin.
But in just two years a short -- time it's become on marketable.
To parents say praise George will for Mitt Romney conservatism.
Was cut like a second language.
He was never comfortable articulating it or arguing it.
So of course Latinos and women in new voters they weren't sold on the neither.
In that vacuum.
They ended up buying the malevolent portrait of Romney that -- relentlessly pushed by team Obama and their super -- friends and of course it was very unfair.
But the urge to despair in the face of all of this is a losing proposition it gets us nowhere.
Five days after Barry Goldwater's landslide loss to Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Conservatives including William F Buckley and Brent Bozell senior.
Didn't waste time cursing the darkness.
Instead they found -- something called the American Conservative Union.
And they took it upon themselves to plot out a long and short term strategy for their cause which was conservatism.
The pathway at that point was cleared for fresh voices and new approaches.
ACU friend Ronald Reagan became governor of California in 1967.
And the movement slowly but surely grew in popularity.
In his 1980 victory Reagan converted Democrats not by adopting Democrat views.
But instead by convincing them that conservative solutions offered the only hope for American renewal.
We need to do that same thing again and that's the --