Keep in mind there are still nearly THREE YEARS before we know who the Presidential standard bearer for the GOP will be. In the meantime would anyone care to speculate on who WON'T be on the ticket? The problem I see for the GOP is they haven't looked in the mirror lately. Many on the right have been urging the left to take a peek at that mirror, but so far, they haven't taken the plunge themselves.
While both parties have a very angry constituency, their real problem is the majority constituency that seems to be most ignored – the Independent voter. Republicans in particular have a major problem and they keep trying to ignore or "revise" it – the last eight years. The GOP is hoping against hope that two things happen; Obama and the Democrats stumble badly (the pants bomber doesn't count), or people will forget the last eight years. Good luck with the second one. And therein lies the tale…we can't forget because we're all scrambling to regain our economic footing from those years without much success so far.
So who does the GOP offer up as the victim – I mean candidate in 2012? That's a tough one. One has to ask: in the Republican Party is there:
Someone who can command universal respect from the majority of Americans in this country regardless of Party affiliation?
Someone who is young enough to appeal to the same demographic that brought POTUS 44 to power?
Someone who can cut across gender lines effectively by strength of moral character and family values?
Someone with enough experience and political savvy to get things done in Washington in their first two years in office?
Someone who is wealthy enough to finance their campaign entirely, making themselves immune from special interest groups during the primaries?
All of the current people who call themselves Republican (more particularly conservative) fall short in at least three out of the five things listed above. Those on the right will argue that the Democrats don't have anyone who measures up to that list either. No, I won't say on the surface Obama does, but he doesn't have to. He's already President. And whether the RNC is willing to own up to it or not, the term conservative is no longer a sure fire winner in NATIONAL politics. So anyone who passes the criteria outlined above probably should shy away from using that label on themselves. You can make your own list, but I think the point has been made.
The notion of the GOP being a "Big Tent" will get a major test both this fall and three years from now when it attempts to corral the now very angry Independent voter. And judging by the anger I've been reading in all the blogs I've gone through in the past few months, neither party should spend much time telling the other to get in front of the glass. What's looking back at them may be very hard to take.