Tag Archives: Future

The Long, Slow March

The news this week of President Obama finally “coming out of the closet” on same sex marriage seemed to frame the issue in very stark, partisan terms: Democrats good, Republicans bad.  It didn’t help that GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney fired back with his opposition to gay marriage.

The GOP is not where the Dems are on this issue.  You can’t try to dress up that pig.  But it’s also important to remember that there is a slow, but building movement of folks in the GOP who support gay marriage.  And it’s also important to remember that one GOP Senator was instrumental in allowing gays to serve openly in the military.

Change can come slowly, but change does happen.  It may seem pointless at times, but I think one day in the very near future, there will be a GOP candidate for president who will voice support for same sex marriage and no one will bat an eye.

Is that a silly thing to believe?  Stranger things have happened- like a President actually coming out in favor of same sex marriage.

The Isolation of a Hetrodox Conservative

In light of E.D. Kain’s recent jump from conservatism, Conor Friedersdorf responds to my assertion that so few people seem interested in taking up the mantle of reforming conservatism:

That isn’t quite accurate. In my estimation there are a lot of people who are committed to reforming conservatism, and who’ve pursued a different path. Reihan Salam and Ross Douthat co-wrote a book laying out a policy agenda a reformed right might embrace going forward. The Tea Party is earnest about repudiating the K Street style conservatism that prevailed for much of the Bush Administration, as are writers like Tim Carney and Matt Continetti, who disappointed me with his over-wrought defenses of Sarah Palin, but did great work prior to it, and has since penned an excellent critique of Glenn Beck’s oevre.

The American Conservative, George Will, and even Ann Coulter are among the voices calling for the conservative movement to renounce its imprudent forays into nation building. Gene Healy is still working on the cult of the presidency. Yuval Levin, Jim Manzi, Ron Paul, Paul Ryan, David Frum, and Andrew Sullivan are just some of the people who’ve explicitly set out to reform the right or infuse it with new ideas, many are working more quietly, and you’d be surprised by some of the e-mail I get from staffers at places like National Review and even Human Events encouraging me to persist in my own quixotic campaigns, whether against conservative entertainers or intra-movement writing that isn’t defensible. (Sometimes I suspect that talk radio hosts are about as powerful as East German leaders in the months before the wall came down, but no one has realized it yet.)

Naturally, I’d like to see more conservatives call out popular talk radio hosts and powerful movement writers when they say things that are factually inaccurate, especially intemperate, or analytically indefensible. It’s a project I’ve taken up, so naturally I think it’s important. Some people disagree. Others think I’m right, but understandably deem my crusade to be less important than working on their own projects, which would be jeopardized by alienating powerful conservatives and the institutions they run.

And Conor is correct, of course. But as I was reminded of those who are performing the Sisyphean task of reforming conservatism, I was also reminded of something else: the sheer loneliness one feels in being hetrodox conservative.

Maybe it’s easier for Conor because he is so well connected to major institutions where there are people cheering him on even if it’s quietly. But I also know how it feels to be isolated, not feeling welcomed by conservatives and having liberals just not understand you. From where I stand, I see many a friend or aquaintence, who gets tired of the isolation and just give up.

But of course, this isolation that one who doesn’t fit neatly into the “conservative” label feels is partly movement conservatism’s fault. Conor says this earlier in his post about Erik:

Unlike me, but like a lot of politically active people, Mr. Kain finds value in associating himself with a political/ideological team. It ought to trouble movement conservatives that they’re losing a married father in a red state who champions localism, decentralized power, checks and balances, and not placing too much faith in the state, and especially that in his judgment, “these are positions that are perfectly acceptable on the left in ways that my belief in gay marriage or higher taxes or non-interventionist foreign policy are simply not acceptable on the right.”

Indeed. Modern conservatism seems to not be so tolerant of people who don’t fit into a neat little box. It is not a generous ideology that is tolerant of diversity. What I appreciated from Erik, heck, what I still appreciate, is his ability to take some conservative basics, such as his emphasis on decentralization of power and use towards what might be considered more liberal ends. It is a kind of thinking that deals with the world as it is now, not trying to relive 1980 all over again.

But we don’t have a generous conservatism that could welcome odd ducks like Erik and a host of others (including me).  What’s odd is that while so many current conservative leaders hark to Ronald Reagan, they seem to forget the real Regan was far more inclusive than the one they’ve imagined.  This is what outgoing Senator Bob Bennett had to say regarding a meeting with the future President:

The concern I have is that ideology and a demand for absolute party purity endangers our ability to govern once we get into office. A personal story – back in 1976, a dear friend of mine called and said, “Will you interview for a political position in the Reagan campaign?”

I was not a fan of Governor Reagan – I thought he was too far to the right and he was an ideologue and all the rest of these things. And I didn’t really have any interest in working in the Reagan campaign in 1976. But out of courtesy to this friend, I agreed to do that.

So I went to the interview, and it became very clear as the interview went forward that it was going very well and I was going to be offered a job. And I thought, “I better nip this in the bud right away.” So I said, “Wait a minute, before we go any further, there’s one thing I have to make clear – I am not a true believer.” Whereupon Governor Reagan’s campaign manager said, “That’s alright – neither is the Governor.”

And I came to understand that and have now become a huge Ronald Reagan fan, which as I said, I was not at one point. Because Ronald Reagan, in addition to having slogans that could whip up the ideologues and get them working at the polls, had ideas and solutions to our problems. The reason he was one of the pivotal Presidents of American history was not because of his slogans. It was because of his ideas. I met him but I didn’t know him at all well, but the more I read about him the more I have come to appreciate just how deeply he was immersed in the ideas of government and how surely he understood the issues that we faced. As I look out at the political landscape now, I find plenty of slogans on the Republican side, but not very many ideas.

Ideology should be something that guides us and not force us into straightjackets. It should be welcoming, not fearful of other views.

The sad thing is that Erik was not welcomed because he was different.  While that might make conservatives and by extension the GOP more cohesive, it will also make us poorer in so many ways.

Liveblogging the 2010 State of the Union: The Complete Series

Travis Johnson liveblogged the President’s State of the Union Address earlier this evening. We’ve grouped several of his blog posts into one for people to read.

  • David Gregory just said “Republicans United.” Heh. It’s only modesty that makes me think he’s not talking about us. Modesty and a taste for reality.
  • I don’t care who’s sitting in the Oval Office the moment when the Sergeant at Arms announces the President is a pretty magical moment.
  • Apparently the GOP Caucus has been reminded to be courteous tonight. Odd that that’s necessary.
  • He’s invoking defeats in World War II, the Civil War and people being beaten during the Civil rights movement. Does not bode well…
  • “They’re tired of the partisanship, the shouting and the pettiness.” I wonder if Pelosi wonders if he’s talking about someone else…
  • Standing Ovation count:Â 1Â (Both sides)
  • Coming down on the banks (Stand O count – 3 D only)…He’s justifying the bailout, though and saying he supported the Bush Administration’s move. Nice to see that he he’s not just blaming them…Fee on bailed out banks. I’m not sure why our side is (o Count 4 – D only) is sitting this out. User fees are a good thing…O count 4 – D only
  • Does anyone know where the numbers come from when he says 2 million people have jobs who wouldn’t otherwise have them?…Frustrating to hear him talk about the benefits of the Stimulus Package based on anecdotal data without any reference to empirical data. I want stats.
  • 30 billion dollars for small business loans…Small business tax cuts? Eliminate small business capital gains taxes? Wow. Nice.
  • “I do not accept second place for the United States of America.”

    Got both sides on their feet for this. But it’s rhetoric. What does that mean?

    Here it comes..

    1. Financial Reform:Â (1) Ensure consumers are given infore mation to make good choices (2) Regulate reckless behavior
    2. Investment in Research:Â Clean nuclear energy! New drilling (Drill, Barack, drill!) Clean coal…cap and trade.
    3. (Very good point re clean energy: Even if you don’t believe in manmad glocal warming, it’s the way of the future. We should lead the industry)
    4. Double exports over 5 years which will mean 2 million jobs…
      • National Export Initiative – Aggressively seek new markets for our products (prediction:Â liberals will go nuts the first time we sign a deal with a “bad guy”)
    5. Investment in schools that are succeeding, no new funds for schools that fail.
  • Both sides stood up for Health Care Reform…This is something the GOP desperately needs to make clear: we are not against reform. We are against Pelosi/Reid’s Reform!…(Michele Obama just told Congress to sit down.)
  • Called out Republicans to bring forward our own Health Care plan. I say we call his bluff and barnstorm around the country on that plan!
  • John McCain just said it best: “Blaming Bush.”…One year later…that’s just tacky and disingenuous. At what point does he own this?
  • Paying off a trillion dollars:
    • Spending freeze for discretionary spending for three years.
    • Identified 20 billion dollars in cuts from the budget
    • Bipartisan fiscal commission…a specific set of solutions by a certain deadline. (why can’t he do that about health care? Answer: Because the unions know what they want)

    Republicans laughed at the spending til next year. An irritated Obama responds “that’s how budgeting works.” Yikes.

    And again he blames Bush. (“The last 8 years got us into this mess.” Uh, you were President for part of that…)

  • He just dissed the Supreme Court! In the State of the Union!

    Joe Wilson just applauded a call for earmark reform. I see you, Joe!! (A proposal to publish all earmark requests drew bipartisan applause.)

  • Best part of this speech:Â a bipartisan scolding for hyperpartisan politics.

    Okay…no. He tells the Democrats to use their majority power to pass their agenda. Then he calls the Republicans out for being “saying no.”  How can he rationalize that kind of cognitive dissonance?

  • I’m happy to see that foreign policy discussions and discussions of our military still gets bipartisan support.

    I’m unhappy to see Members of Congress on their Blackberries in the middle of the SotU. Classless.

  • End to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell by the end of this year. I, for one, thinks it’s about time. We can’t afford to lose anymore resources to a policy much of the military leadership doesn’t stand behind.
  • Now he’s doing what he does. This is where he speaks to the better angels of the political class’s nature and asks for them to follow the example of the American people and move this country forward even in the face of adversity. That was the Obama of 2008…
  • Well, it’s done.

    All in all, I think it was good. He gave Republicans things to support, and some things he knows we can’t or won’t. He called out our Party to step up to the plate and participate in legislation, and called out his own Party for what many liberals are calling cowardice.

    Our response to this can only be to fight back with ideas. Real ideas that address the needs of the American people, but do it in a way that is consistent with our beliefs: small, efficient, non-intrusive government.

The Soul of Conservative America. Understanding What Makes Conservatives Tick.

American Conservatives — you know them from newsbytes and soundbytes and from the seemingly pervasive longing across the many forms of conservatism for the return of Ronald Reagan.

You may think of conservatives as primarily Republican; the average conservative probably thinks of alliance with Republicans as merely a marriage of convenience.

Earlier this week I was reading a long discussion as to what makes conservative America tick. All good constructive thoughts. The criticisms were also thoughtful.

Yet as I read the comments it struck me that possibly, even probably, none of the discussion panel were conservative.

Below is my edited contribution to the conversation — my original was a stream of consciousness. Continue reading

Why Moderate Republicans Suck- REPOSTED

This post orginally appeared here last summer.‚ I thought it was time to bring it out again.

Okay, that the above title might be a bit harsh.  But even so, we Moderates really are in a world of hurt.

The moderate/liberal movement in the GOP that once had the likes of Thomas Dewey and Dwight Eisenhower is barely alive these days. Some of that is due to the fact that social conservatives have driven moderates out of the party with their emphasis on issues like abortion and gay rights as litmus tests. As David Jenkins has reported, hard right conservatives have done what they can to get rid of GOP leaders that are deemed not Republican enough.

So, one important reason that there is not a thriving moderate movement in the GOP is because the party has done a good job at trying to purge us from the party.

Many a writer tends to stop at that point and not ask anymore questions. The belief is that the current Republican leadership, which tends to be made up of hard right conservatives, needs to be more open to moderates. Of course, this is true.  Even though the current leadership is far more conservative, they need to be willing to bend on certain issues, especially in those swing districts.  What works in a Republican dominated area, doesn’t work in all areas. This is what helped bring Democrats back into dominance: they ran more conservative Democrats in areas that were swing districts.  It tended to work swimmingly for them.

But this is only part of the story.  Bloggers and journalists tend to write what is the easy story: narrow minded Republicans harrassing their more moderate brethren. But there is another part of the story that tends to be missing, though some people do catch it now and then.

The missing story is the lack of a credible countermovement within the GOP, a movement for change. When one talks of Moderate Republicans, we talk of basically a loose group of individuals who are basically on their own. For example, take Senator Arlen Specter, who until recently was a moderate Republican. After he voted for the stimulus package, he recieved a fair amount of protests from Republican groups.

The image in the media was of a lone Republican Senator against a phalanx of hard right groups. In the end, Specter decided to leave.

This image has been seen again and again. A lone, moderate Republican legislator is attacked, not by a collection of cranks, but by organized groups that have the money and more importantly, the people to take down those who are not pure.

The lesson here is simple, the hard right is a movement. There are groups of like-minded individuals that come together and are able to force change in the party. A single person realizes they are part of a larger movement and that gives them the stregnth to march forward.

On the other side, moderates are at best a collection of individuals.  We tend to feel lost and alone and don’t feel a connection to anything greater than us. Because we are isolated, we don’t feel as empowered and tend to give up easily.

If the GOP is to moderate, then there needs to be an effective moderate movement within the GOP forcing change. Nothing will ever happen unless these collection of frustrated individuals come together and organize.

Hence, why we moderates suck.

What conservatives in the Republican party have done over time is to create a culture that could sustain them.  Think tanks, magazines, organizations and blogs have all been developed to foster this culture. Yes, it has been inward focus and it does have its weaknesses, but what this conservative culture is good at is empowering people, making them believe that it is in their power to change things.

The reason moderates do not feel so empowered is because we have no discernable culture or movement to back us up and give us meaning.  The result is that we feel adrift and powerless to make a difference.

There are many ways to help build a credible movement of moderate to liberal Republicans.  I want to focus on a few area where there is a weakness.

Blogs. There are many blogs on the far left (ie: Daily Kos, Huffington Post) and on the far right (ie: RedState, Hot Air) that cater to those parts of the political spectrum. Some have many readers, some have a few.  But all of them have something in common: they reinforce a person’s political viewpoint. Now, many of these partisan blogs are more heat than light on the political issues of the day. They are more cheerleaders than they are trying to think about issues.  In the past, I would have said that being a cheerleader is of little value, and to some extent, I still believe that. However, there is also a case to be made that a little cheerleading for your side can make one feel that they are part of a greater movement; that they are not alone in how they feel of think.

When one goes to look for blogs of moderate/liberal/progressive Republicans, you will tend to find a graveyard of blogs that were started with good intent, but then died for various reasons. Take for example, the Lincoln Coalition, a blog that states it’s goal as “a grassroots organization of current and former Republicans that is dedicated to building a party based on traditional Republican principles.” It has not published a new post in over two months.  They had a wonderful description that talked about wanting to return the party back to its principles.  They had a few months of post and then…nothing.

It’s hard to try to rebuild a party when you aren’t trying disseminate ideas.

There are other bloggers that have also stopped for various reasons.  Go to Charging RINO, or Plain Talk GOP or the Liberal Republican (which has since been removed), and you will find blogs that are basically dead. Now, the internet is full of blogs that are no longer in use, and there are probably a good number of conservative and liberal blogs that are also on life support, but for some reason, the ones that I see that have become ghost towns tend to be moderate Republican blogs.

I’ve been blogging on politics in one form or another for a few years now.  I don’t know how many people see my blog, but I do know it is important to keep blogging on the events of the day.  And I do know that over time people do see your work and take notice. Blogging can be about yelling, but it can also be about sharing and presenting ideas to people. It can be about getting out a message and letting others know they are not alone in the political world.  An active blog can also help grow a living movement. A dead blog can’t do that.

Lack of Strong Institutions. One of the glaring problems among moderates in the GOP is the lack of a counterpart to the Democratic Leadership Council. The DLC describes itself as a organization started to bring Democrats out of the “political wilderness. ” The goal was to moderate the Democratic Party and wrest it from the hands of the liberals who controlled the party and brought it to defeat. If you go to the DLC website, you find papers on various issues from immigration to health care, all placing a centrist Democratic spin on things.

There really isn’t a counterpart among Republicans. Yes, there is the Republican Leadership Council, and it has done some good by supporting moderate candidates. That said, it doesn’t seem to offer ideas in the way that the DLC does. The RLC does have state chapters, but the site doesn’t say a whole lot about what is going on.

That doesn’t mean that groups like RLC or Republican Mainstreet Partnership are somehow wastes of time. I think both groups have good and grand intentions, but they lack the people to help promote and fuel their agendas. If moderates feel disenfranchised and isolated, then trying to buck up worthy groups like these seem pointless.

Weak Web Presence. If you check out the website of Republican Youth Majority, you will notice that it hasn’t been updated in a long while.  Go to their Facebook Page and you will find the same thing. If IanTanner is correct and the GOP needs to reach out to younger populations that are more moderate on social issues, this group should have a live page showing what they are doing. But instead we find a very old website and Facebook page.  I have no idea what they are doing.

Take a look at the California Republican League, a state moderate organization.  Again, the website has not been update since at least 2004.  It does look like the group is still in existence because of it’s Facebook page, but other than that, I have no idea what they are doing and how they plan to help moderate the California GOP.

If an organization doesn’t bother to update its website, then it might as well not exist. The only way for a group to thrive is to have an active web presence getting its message out. Some groups like Log Cabin Republicans and Republicans for Environmental Protection get it, use blogs, and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook and update their webpage.

Individualism. Maybe the thing that is most destructive to creating a moderate movement is that most moderates tend to see themselves as individuals and not part of a movement.  Moderates are not one to just follow someone and while that can be commendable, it can also breed a sense of isolation, so that when the cold winds of extremism blow, they are easily knocked down and they leave the party.

There is an old saying from the civil rights movement that goes, “Walk Together Children, Don’t You Get Weary.”  Maybe if we learned to walk together, to support each other in the hard times then we would see a stronger movement. Trying to change a party takes stamina and fortitude, but it also takes numbers and as they say, there is strength in numbers.

These are only a few observations. If people want the GOP to be a center-right party again, then it is up to moderates to make it happen. But we have to be able to do it as a team and make the long slog to change. We have to be willing to blog, create strong organizations, and use the web to get out the message of change within the GOP.

Then, Moderate Republicans won’t suck.

21st Century Republicans

One day far right wing Republicans will wake up and realize that it’s the 21st century. I have a feeling most of them prefer to view the world from a Ronald Reagan 1980s worldview. They seem to offer up the same tired solutions, or non-solutions to issues. I believe as progessive/moderate Republicans we must take the bull by the horns and offer up viable 21st century solutions.  I have a few suggestions to a few problems that I believe we as centrists can rally behind. Continue reading

The Power of No

Christie Todd Whitman and Clive Crook have great articles today taking the GOP to task for not offering real alternative plans on climate change and health care. There is much to agree with and I can basically say to both Whitman and Crook, “hear, hear!”

But as important as I believe it is for the Republicans to put forth some credible ideas on various issues, I am coming to the conclusion that at least at present the GOP will not come up with real solutions on health care or climate change.

It’s not because Republicans in Congress do not care about these issues, it’s that it is more beneficial to the party to obstruct than it is to find solutions, that it is more important to throw heat than it is light.

I should say off top that such tactics are not limited to Republicans. Democrats have done it in the past and will do it again. In fact what makes it bipartisan is the fact that both parties rely on technology that can enforce people’s views and make it hard to offer alternatives or compromise.

For the Republicans, it makes sense to oppose health care reform. Why? Part of the answer lies in how the nature of politics and technology have changed. We highly partisan blogs that scream at people and use shock to gin up the base and drive more readers to their site. We also have organizations, like Club for Growth that can put of out mass email alerts against any representative deemed not conservative enough.

The fact of the matter is, it is a lot easier to talk about “government health care” and fears of “socialism” than it is to get a bunch of representatives in smoke-filled rooms (or non-smoking these days) and hammer out a deal.

Centrists worked well in an age where there was broad consenus on the issues, but differences in how to get the done. But technology has created a world where we can live in a cocoon and get all our views from partisan sites. We no longer agree on the issues like we once did, and woe to the one that tries to forge a compromise.

It would be nice if Republicans offered some real solutions on issues like health care. But that’s what a centrist like me wants, not the hard core partisan that will campaing fervently for GOP candidates. What they want to do is obstruct the Obama plan and talk about how bad it is. Which of course, is much more fun. Let’s be honest: it’s a lot more interesting for many to talk about the evils of health care reform and the trail of dead people left in the wake of socialized medicine, than it is to crank out a plan that might be better than what the President is putting forth. It’s not very sexy, and it might mean dealing with those icky Democrats.

Now, I should state, that I don’t like the current plan which includes a public option. I do think it is a backdoor way into single-payer care. But I’m less interested in screaming “Socialism!” than I am in finding alternative solutions. Which is why I am supportive of those six Senators from both parties who are cranking away at getting a workable compromise. It’s not sexy. It will not make the blood boil. But it might just solve an issue that has been a problem for America for decades.

What can be done to combat the Power of No? I don’t know. I don’t think it means doing away with blogs, but centrists will have learn how make us of some of the same technology that has been used to divide and find ways to knit us back together. Instead of having blogs where people shout, have blogs that can be forums where we can learn to respectfully disagree and then seek to find a solution that can work for everybody. It might mean building a centrist network that can help support centrist lawmakers as they try to do the people’s business.

Will this happen? I don’t know. The Power of No is strong, but I have to belive the Power Yes is stronger still.

Thank God for Meghan McCain

Since the lost in the presidential election in November 2008, the Republican Party has been without a leader. I am not saying there are not leaders within the party. Each different little sect or coalition within the party has their own unique leader. But there is no one who is leading the ENTIRE party.  Social conservatives look towards either Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee for advice and guidance. Fiscal Conservatives are looking towards Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich for solutions of how to take control over the party. State’s rights Republicans look toward Governor Rick Perry and Gov Mark Sanford to stop the ever expanding federal government. While the libertarian republicans still gravitate to the Texas Congressmen Ron Paul. But the progressive republicans have ummm…no politician really comes to mind as being a leader. There are progressive republicans in government today but none of them have taken on a leadership role.

Meghan McCainThere is one self described “Progressive Republican” who is very vocal about the direction of the Republican Party…that person is Meghan McCain. Meghan McCain brings much to the table as the leader of the Progressive Republicans that benefits the ever-growing group. First off and probably the most important, Meghan McCain has a voice. Her voice is heard throughout the country throughout the country as an author, a columnist for the Daily Beast and of course hertweets. When Meghan McCain talks people take the time to listen.

Secondly, she is of the millennial generation like myself. The younger voters, who went 2 to 1 to Pres. Obama, connect much better with her than the other leaders. Younger voters like myself see someone they can relate to rather than a group of old white guys or another AARP meeting. How many other prominent Republicans would go on the Colbert Report and talk openly about being a Progressive Republican.

Finally, Meghan McCain has gotten her parents genes that let her speak her mind and not care what other people think. Look at her interactions with Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, and more recently Joe the Plumber. She stands up and confronts hate in all its form within the Republican Part. She is an outspoken supporter of  marriage equality, the second amendment, sex education, she understands the pain of a military family, and much much more.

Meghan McCain is the future of our party. I am proud to have her in the Republican Party. I am proud to agree with her on many issues. Even if she does not realize it, she gives voice to the growing population of Progressive Republicans. She is right on when she says the old-school republicans are scared shit-less of the future. Meghan McCain can sums it up the best about being a younger Progressive Republican…

“I am concerned about the environment. I love to wear black. I think government is best when it stays out of people’s lives and business as much as possible. I love punk rock. I believe in a strong national defense. I have a tattoo. I believe government should always be efficient and accountable. I have lots of gay friends. And yes, I am a Republican”

The Future without Reagan…

Reagan Bowling

Reagan Bowling

I was sitting in my office listening to Pandora,when I heard a song that started me thinking. The song was called “1985” by the band Bowling for Soup. The song got me thinking about the current shape of the GOP with regards to the newest generation of voters, the millennials. In case no one is familiar with the lyrics, here is the passage that struck me the most:

Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
Cuz she’s still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985

The Republican Party of today is stuck in the 1980’s. I think every candidate who ran for the republican nomination somehow, one way or another, referenced the presidency of Ronald Reagan. I understand that Reagan was an idol/rock star to a lot of the politicians on the GOP side, but its one thing to pay respect to his leadership skills and another to be the “next” Reagan. I’m not the only GOPer to think that Regan needs to be left on the sideline in future political discussions. People like former Florida GovernorJeb Bush, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty , and even an unknown GOP senator.

Ronald Reagan was a great president, we understand that. We understand he helped us with the cold war. We understand that he is in the past. My generation was born in the middle to late 1980’s and beyond. Not many of us were even born in the Reagan-era. We barely remember the first President Bush. Â The GOP is still stuck back in 1985 way before Nirvana, Madonna was still the Material Girl, and I’m not even sure if there was an MTV. If the GOP wants to “modernize,” meet the needs of a diverse millennial generation, or in Michael Steele’s words “hip-hop makeover” to the GOP, Ronald Reagan needs to be left on the sideline. Â We need to move on before our party will ever move up.