After the Republican Party was denied its bid for the White House and lost two Senate seats to Democrats, Yahoo! asked voters what they'd like the GOP to focus on in the next two to four years. Here are one voter's thoughts.
COMMENTARY | Nothing has changed. The Democrats hold the White House and the Senate. But in 2014, 33 Senate seats will be included the election. As it stands, Democrats will have 20 seats opening up and the Republicans a little less at 13 seats. So how can Republicans hold those seats and possibly grab any of the 20 Democrats seats? The key will be convincing the independent voters that the GOP has the better plan for the future -- something they have never been successful with, historically speaking.
Personally, and quietly, I root for gridlock so a minimal amount of damage can be done to the citizenry. However, the Democrats used that as a weapon. And will continue to do so. Even the first two years, when Democrats had an unstoppable majority in both houses, Democrats still complained of Republican obstructionism, even though it was non-existent. But that set the groundwork for the lie that they were not able to pass every bill they wanted to. Republicans did well in the 2010 midterm election by showing the country that the president and Congress had gotten everything they wanted and the results were disastrous: higher unemployment, higher debt, promises of higher taxes, quantitative easing (i.e., printing money) which devalued the dollar causing prices of everything -- including gasoline and food skyrocket.
So what do I think Republicans need to focus on? Nothing, which is a two-part strategy. First, give the Democrats everything they want just like they were able to do in 2008. Secondly, let the voters see the results of their policies and let the voters be outraged and take to the polls in swarms like they did in 2010. They will retain the House and most likely capture the Senate. At that point, they can force the president toward the middle and turn him into the moderate that most of the independent voters actually are: socially liberal, fiscally conservative. There is no other way to get there.
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