The Republican Party begins debating its future Thursday in Virginia, where a group of leading conservatives will meet to discuss how to rebuild their movement. Party governors continue the conversation at a meeting next week in Miami.
Thus begins a battle for the soul of a party whose coalition has been fractured by war and economic turmoil after nearly three decades of electoral success.
Key pieces of the longstanding Republican coalition of economic and social conservatives, culture-war soldiers and national-security hawks showed severe stress fractures during the long election, and leaders from different wings are now vying for party leadership.
An interesting article. Can and will the Republicans rebuild? What will they rebuild as? I heard a mention this morning that Republican turnout yesterday was a record low. I haven't found anything to back that up yet, but I'm still looking. If it's true, I think this may be the final coffin nail for a conservative Republican party. I know most folks around here were not real big on McCain, most of the conservative pundits weren't either. Is the time right for a mass exodus of conservatives from the party to either create something new or bolster a present third party up into a serious contender? Or am I just insanely disappointed in the entire system right now and both possibilities offer a light at the end of the tunnel?