Flash­backs of 2008

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

Re­pub­li­can hand­wring­ing over a feared bro­kered con­ven­tion presents a good op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on what brought the party to this point.

The ab­sence of Ge­orge W. Bush from the 2008 Re­pub­li­can Con­ven­tion was an un­de­ni­able ad­mis­sion that the Re­pub­li­can Party had failed the Amer­i­can peo­ple. The stun­ning nom­i­na­tion of then-alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for vice pres­i­dent was an un­de­ni­able ad­mis­sion that the party knew the Amer­i­can peo­ple knew it.

Here we are in 2012 and the party is no bet­ter. Re­duced to bit­ing off its nose to spite its face against Pres­i­dent Obama, civil war rages be­tween the GOP’S cor­po­rate bloc and its re­li­gious con­tin­gent. Both be­lieve the other has hurt the cause, as the mon­eyed camp blames fun­da­men­tal­ists for turn­ing away women and in­de­pen­dents while val­ues vot­ers say Wall Street scan­dals and bi­par­ti­san bank bailouts branded the whole party, in­clud­ing their agenda, cor­rupt.

To quote Abra­ham Lin­coln, a fa­mous Re­pub­li­can, “A house di­vided against it­self can­not stand.” Yet this Re­pub­li­can Party can­not help but be di­vided. Only af­ter sus­tained suf­fer­ing un­der Demo­cratic rule and its host of prob­lems will the party be able to unite and com­pete. Un­til then, on­go­ing re­crim­i­na­tion from the dis­as­ter of the last elec­tion will out­weigh sound strate­gic think­ing and we’ll con­tinue to see re­cur­ring vari­a­tions of 2008. D.A. SAMS West Jef­fer­son, Ohio

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