(An Opposition in Decline and the Choices Ahead)
by Ron Leach
While the media – print, on line, and TV - are full of First 100 Days reports on the Obama Administration, I suggest that the GOP reflect on their first 100 days performance during this administration, and make adjustments accordingly.
There is no debate that the GOP, and the far right within the GOP more specifically, were thoroughly repudiated during last fall’s general election and have fared no better in spot electoral tests since. A recent CBS/NY Times Polls found the GOP to have its lowest approval ratings in 25 years. As Republican Senator Lamar Alexander is quoted as saying in the current Time magazine role up on the President’s first 100 days, "We obviously haven't found our voice yet. The American people sent us to the woodshed. And when you go to the woodshed, the best course of action is to sit there, be quiet, figure out why you're there and what you can do about it."
But we haven’t seen a lot of reflection, thoughtful analysis, or the emergence of a viable, rational, credible or coherent GOP voice. It is not that these voices do not exist among our GOP counterparts; it is just that these voices are drowned out by the cacophony of non-representative voices of the radical and angry fringe.