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So the question is where do we Republicans go from here? At this point it’s cliché to say that we're being punished for George Bush’s sins and for economic crises that happened on our watch, and unfortunately, in the final months of a close election.
There’s no point in reminding the voters about Chris Dodd and Barney Frank who pushed mortgages for the poor but no regulations to prevent fraud, and the Democratic Congress, which took control in 2006 but did little while the mortgage and credit derivatives markets spun out of control.
The voters wanted change, even if they didn’t exactly know what Obama’s nebulous definition of change looked like. This was not the year for old white guys (or women – hello, Hillary), who had spent a lot of time in Washington.
Now, the Democrats celebrate. On the Republican side, a quieter transition is also occurring. The future of the Republican Party will be passed to a new generation of young, smart, conservative, and principled leaders like Wisconsin’s Rep. Paul Ryan who will help the Party shed its tired image and restore its core principles.
This election has also secured Governor Palin’s role in the Party’s future. If Obama taught us anything, it’s that star power matters, and right now, she’s all we got. For conservative moms like me, she is a bright light, but she is not enough.
The Party will also need to find and nurture leaders who can inspire younger voters and minorities, especially Hispanics. At this moment, we don’t know who they will be. That’s ok. They will emerge. President-elect Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator less than two years before he announced his run for president!.
Editor's note: Rachel Campos-Duffy blogs on http://www.Parentdish.com. She has periodically hosted several television shows. And she is mother of fiver children.
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