Monday, August 9, 2010

Fall Elections 2010 - #2018 - Michael Barone - Republicans Ask 'What Do I Do Now?'

Republicans are starting to think about how to answer the Robert Redford question.  You know the scene. In the 1972 movie "The Candidate," the Redford character, having won the election, turns to his political consultant and asks, "What do I do now?"  Many Republicans fear they will look as clueless as Redford. They entered this campaign cycle with little hope of winning congressional majorities. Now they have a good chance to do so in the House and an outside chance in the Senate.  Some cynical Republicans say candidates should just harp on their opposition to the policies of the Obama Democrats and figure out what to do if they're in the majority when they get there. Others say they should present public policy alternatives.
Some young House Republicans have put out a call for voters to e-mail their ideas. And House Republican leaders say they'll put together something in the nature of a 1994-style Contract with America over the August recess.  That's a good idea. Politicians like to win elections. But if they re not in the business in order to shape public policy, why are they there at all?  Read more.....

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