Political calculations aren't only made between the parentheses. For
the past eight years, Republicans have been dividing and,
consequently, subtracting, while the Democrats have been adding and
multiplying. After Karl Rove blindly pushed the throttle into
overdrive on a worn-out southern strategy, the bolts came off at the
seams and he drove the party into the ground.
Republican talking points focus on Senator Specter's motivation by an
immediate local electorate reality. That's true, but his decision to
switch parties was made possible by Rove's elect-Bush-at-any-cost
approach and an emerging Democratic Party that's become one of the
most inclusive parties in modern American history.
Instead of pumping out fiery and lash-out spin like the entertaining
but all-too-comical vaudeville act from Michael Steele, smart
Republicans should finally seize this moment to figure out how to
appeal to the hearts of mainstream Americans, who are now firmly with
the President and the Democrats. I say this as a Democrat because
competition equals excellence. The Republican Party as it now exists
risks becoming the Circuit City of American politics.